In both state and federal elections, NFIB supports candidates who stand up for small business.
Candidate endorsements are made by our political action committee, the NFIB Fed PAC. Endorsements are based exclusively on a candidate’s positions and record on small business issues, regardless of party affiliation.
All congressional and gubernatorial endorsements are determined by NFIB’s Fed PAC Board, which is comprised of NFIB members who serve on the NFIB national board of directors. The PAC Board meets regularly to review candidate-support recommendations.
NFIB also operates distinct PACs in all 50 states to help elect pro-small business candidates at the state level. To learn more about NFIB’s PAC in your state or endorsed candidates in your state, please visit NFIB in My State.
NFIB conducts a transparent endorsement process that is governed by three priorities:
- Protecting incumbents who are proven allies of small business
- Electing pro-small business candidates in open seats
- Challenging anti-small business incumbents
NFIB staff conduct thorough research on candidates, campaigns, and the political environment to determine where NFIB can be most effective for small business. We put our resources into those priority areas, and thus NFIB may not be able to endorse every well-intentioned candidate.
In deciding to support an incumbent or back a challenger, the PAC Board reviews each candidate’s small business voting record as well as their legislative relationship with NFIB.
NFIB staff interview candidates and require them to fill out a questionnaire. For open seats, NFIB surveys all members in the state or district to ask if NFIB should be involved in the race and which candidate members recommend supporting.