BIPAC Steps into GOP Primary Endorsements

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Byrne (AL-1) and Simpson (ID-2) gain bipartisan business support.

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“If the pro-growth, pro-prosperity, pro-jobs community wants to change the climate in Washington, we can’t sit on the sidelines of over 90 percent of the races,” said Greg Casey, BIPAC CEO.

The Business Industry Political Action Committee, or BIPAC, is aggressively urging American businesses to take sides in contested primaries. The group, commonly considered the leader on business political strategy, has made contributions to primary candidates and is calling on companies and associations to break with their traditions and follow the BIPAC lead.

“There are 435 seats in Congress and maybe, MAYBE, 35 of those are competitive in a general election. If the pro-growth, pro-prosperity, pro-jobs community wants to change the climate in Washington, we can’t sit on the sidelines of over 90 percent of the races,” said Greg Casey, BIPAC CEO. “It has become clear, pro-growth, pro-jobs business agenda is being threatened just as much by those who want to blow up the whole system as by those who oppose job creation policies outright."

BIPAC is the longest established business PAC in the country and historically considered the bellweather in the business community, with hundreds of corporations and associations following their lead on candidate endorsements and political support. Although BIPAC itself has been one of a handful of business PACs to get involved in primaries, it is calling for a wholesale change in business tactics by focusing on primary elections. The tactical change is indicative of how seriously the business community takes the threats to a steady, stable, pro-growth climate by the recent threats to debt default and the government shutdown.

The organization endorsed and encouraged their thousands of member businesses to follow their lead in endorsing and pushing Get Out The Vote efforts on behalf of Bradley Byrne in the special election in Alabama and Mike Simpson of Idaho. Both face challengers that do not understand the need for stability, continuity and predictability for growth and prosperity to thrive. Byrne has been endorsed by Jo Bonner, who recently retired from the seat, as well as much of the Alabama business community. Simpson, seeking his ninth term in Congress, has maintained a 100 percent voting record with BIPAC and has long worked on behalf of creating a pro-growth, pro-prosperity business climate to create jobs.

The Business Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC) was founded in 1963 as “an independent, bipartisan group,” to serve as a political action arm for American business and industry. BIPAC provides its members with the tools and strategies they need to keep their employees abreast of the key policy decisions impacting their livelihood, and opportunities to get involved in the public policy process. BIPAC helps state business organizations impact political outcomes beyond the beltway, through the nation’s largest employee-focused grassroots network in the states. BIPAC provides meaningful political analysis to keep members informed, and craft forward-thinking election strategies, and deploy cutting-edge PAC and grassroots tools and technology to power the business community’s engines of advocacy. - See more at: https://www.bipac.net

These endorsements were paid for by BIPAC.

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