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Sacramento, Calif.- The National Federation of Independent Business/California SAFE Trust today announced its endorsement of Beth Gaines in California Assembly District 4. Today’s endorsement comes from NFIB’s California Save America’s Free Enterprise Trust, the organization’s political action committee, and is based on voting records and positions on key small business issues to evaluate the candidates’ views on legislative issues affecting small business.

‘Beth Gaines’ priorities align closely with NFIB’s positions,’ said John Kabateck, NFIB/CA Executive Director.  ‘Reforming California’s onerous regulatory process, reining in spending, balancing the budget, holding the line on taxes and reforming health care without adversely hindering small business and jobs are all issues that NFIB members support.  That is why we are pleased to support her in this Assembly race.’ 

he political clout of small business is more influential than most people know:

  • The Pew Research Center released a study on the negative and positive views people hold on various American institutions. Small business came out first, 39 percentage points higher than labor unions, 46 points higher than large corporations, and 49 points higher than banks and financial institutions.
  • Small business owners comprise 15 percent of all registered voters in the U.S.; by comparison, union voters make up 11.9 percent. When small business employees are added, the small business voting bloc swells to 43 percent.
  • The most common public affairs and political activities in which small employers engage, according to the NFIB Research Foundation, include initiating discussions with employees regarding the impact of a policy issue on the firm.
  • Voters prefer candidates supported by small business by a margin of 3 to 1 over those supported by organized labor, according to the Winston Group.