Supported Candidates

The Western Energy Alliance PAC is non-partisan; funds are used to support Democrats, Republicans, and Independent candidates who value the role of the oil and natural gas in our country. This year, Western Energy Alliance has supported the following candidates:

  • Our first PAC recipient this year was Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), the newly elected and first female senator from North Dakota. She served as the Attorney General of North Dakota from 1993 – 2001. Senator Heitkamp immediately impressed us as one of the smartest Members of Congress, with an in-depth knowledge of our industry, energy, taxes, economics, agriculture, and many other issues, coupled with an intimate understanding of her state, its communities, and all the important players. She’s a rare politician who has both extensive policy expertise and a common touch with her constituents. Senator Heitkamp spoke to us at our Washington D.C. Call-Up in early May, and we value our working relationship with her.
  • Congressman Mike Coffman (R-CO) represents one of Congress’ most competitive districts. As a member of the all-important Colorado delegation, he has a strong record of supporting energy development and common-sense public lands policies.
  • Gabriel Gomez, son of Colombian immigrants and Navy veteran, challenged then-Congressman Ed Markey for the Massachusetts open senate seat vacated by John Kerry when he took over as Secretary of State. Although Gomez didn’t win, it was important for Western Energy Alliance to support a good candidate challenging a politician openly hostile to our industry.
  • House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) Majority PAC helps elect Republican candidates to the House of Representatives who support sound fiscal, business and job-creation  policies.
  • Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) has been a stallwart for the oil and natural gas industry as an Oklahoma politician, both state and federal, since the late 1960s. His work on the Environment and Public Works Committee is especially vital for the industry in the West.
  • Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy and Power of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, a key committee assignment.