A 75 percent or better pro-small-business voting record earns association’s backing
OLYMPIA, Wash., May 31, 2012—The political action committee for Washington state’s largest group of employers and leading generator of jobs today announced its endorsement of 48 legislators seeking re-election to the Senate and House of Representatives and to representatives running for senate seats.
The Washington SAFE Trust (Save America’s Free Enterprise) of the National Federation of Independent Business, which has 8,000 small-business members in the state, based its endorsement on a legislator’s having a 75 percent or better pro-small-business voting record on 10 vital issues taken during the 2011-2012 Legislature. A brief description of the bills or amendments and how each lawmaker voted on them can be found by clicking here.
Customized news releases for each of the 48 legislators, with a quote from NFIB/Washington State Director Patrick Connor for each, can be found by clicking on the hyperlinked name of the senator or representative at this online story.
A second round of endorsements for challengers to incumbents who scored poorly on our Voting Record, as well as for candidates running in head-to-head contests for open seats, will be made in July and will be based on their response to a small-business survey and/or candidate interviews. A final round of endorsements will be made after the primary election in contests featuring more than two candidates.
NFIB is the nation’s leading small business association with offices in Washington, D.C., and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small and independent business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB’s powerful network of grassroots activists send their views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information is available online at www.NFIB.com/newsroom.