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NFIB/Maine State Director
With the exception of a two-year break in the mid-1990s, David R. Clough has been the NFIB/Maine state director since 1982. In this role he has helped write numerous legislative proposals and amendments, write speeches and position papers for legislators, counseled legislators and candidates on key issues affecting small business owners, testified at hundreds of public hearings and performed a variety of other tasks.
As a journalism major in college and later as a newspaper reporter, Clough gained his ability to research and write informatively about a wide variety of issues. From 1973-1976 he was a special assistant on Capitol Hill to Hon. William S. Cohen. He was also a delegate to the White House Conferences in 1986 and 1995 and has served on numerous state commissions and councils including the Business Advisory Councils of three governors.
Clough says that one of his biggest recent victories came when NFIB blocked an effort by organized labor and welfare advocates that would have forced small business to maintain a high level of unemployment tax payments.
“Over the years NFIB/Maine has organized formal and informal coalitions, helped draft important new laws benefiting small business and orchestrated the defeat of expensive payroll tax and other costly legislation,” Clough said.
A native of Bangor, Maine, Clough has two daughters and lives in Yarmouth, Maine. He is also a member of the Portland Rotary Club.
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