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NFIB Launches Ad Campaign Supporting Senator Susan Collins
National small business group also funds ads for North Carolina’s Sen. Thom Tillis
WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 27, 2020) — NFIB’s Federal PAC, the political action committee for the nation’s leading small business advocacy association, announced today a six figure digital and broadcast advertisement campaign in support of two candidates, Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Thom Tillis of North Carolina, who have consistently stood up for America’s small businesses.
Maine’s Senator Susan Collins is credited with creating the forgivable Paycheck Protection Program loans which have helped 27,462 small businesses in the state by providing $2,244,521,700 in funding. NFIB endorsed Sen. Collins who has consistently voted to support small business. The group endorses a candidate solely on their position and record on small business issues, regardless of party affiliation.
“Many Maine small business owners faced losing all they worked a lifetime to build during the closures and restrictions due to COVID-19, and the Paycheck Protection Program loans served as a lifeline,” said NFIB Maine State Director David Clough. “Senator Collins understanding of small business and their importance to jobs and the economy is indispensable and will be vital to helping Maine move forward with its recovery.”
“Senators Collins and Tillis have led the charge to help small businesses recover from the effects of economic shutdowns and the pandemic,” said NFIB President Brad Close. “They have fought for lower taxes and less regulation on small businesses, and their support has been crucial in helping local small businesses provide jobs and economic opportunities for their communities.”
The initial slate of ads is part of NFIB’s 2020 election effort that will include more advertising, direct mail to key districts, voter guides to every NFIB member across the country, and candidate forums in key races. In addition, NFIB is activating its nationwide grassroots network to educate small businesses about which candidates actually support small businesses.
“Small businesses are active and engaged – they understand that election outcomes can dramatically impact their businesses. NFIB will ensure they understand where candidates stand on the issues that are important to small business voters,” Close said.
NFIB’s Federal PAC has met with more than 128 candidates and endorsed 207 congressional candidates in 2020 (NFIB endorsed 274 in 2018) through a transparent process that reflects the views of the organization’s membership governed by protecting incumbents who are proven allies of small business, electing pro-small business candidates in open seats, and challenging anti-small business incumbents.
For more than 75 years, NFIB has been advocating on behalf of America’s small and independent business owners, both in Washington, D.C., and in all 50 state capitals. NFIB is nonprofit, nonpartisan, and member-driven. Since our founding in 1943, NFIB has been exclusively dedicated to small and independent businesses, and remains so today. For more information, please visit nfib.com.