Friday, August 18, 2006

US Chamber of Commerce Supporting Simmons

The US Chamber of Commerce is backing Congressman Rob Simmons in his re-election bid. They have begun to advertise on television on his behalf, as I saw last night, and according the Journal Inquirer, he may receive more support.

Chamber officials say that, as part of its effort to protect more than 30 pro-business members of Congress in competitive races, they also may provide direct mail and phone-bank support to the Connecticut candidates.

A spokeswoman for the business group, Linda Rozett, said today that it already has begun advertising on Connecticut television stations on behalf of Simmons...



When I reached Simmons for comment, he had this to say:
"I am thrilled that the Chamber and it's hard working business leaders have seen fit to support me. I will continue to work for creating opportunity, lowering taxes and bringing labor and management together for a common good."

This is certainly good news for Simmons. With over 95% of the chamber's membership consisting of businesses with fewer than 100 employees it certainly means something for them to support him. Some other facts I found: Small businesses employ roughly half of all private sector employees and are responsible for the creation of 60-8o% of net new jobs annually over the past ten years; so this certainly carries some weight with it. Those numbers don't lie. If they are backing him it most certainly shows that he supports small business and small business owners. Rob has always had a strong record here and it is nice to see that they recognize it.

After doing some research on the Chamber's website, this seems to be part of a much larger voter education effort. According to their website, they are launching what they are calling a "Vote for Business Bandwagon".

This is from the press release on their website.
The United States Chamber of Commerce today unveiled the newest component of its 2006 election outreach efforts, the "Vote for Business Bandwagon" bus, which will embark on a month-long trip to key states and congressional districts during the August Congressional recess for candidate endorsement events with U.S. Chamber members and voter registration drives.

"This tour takes our voter education efforts to a whole new level," said Bill Miller, Chamber vice president and national political director. "By partnering with state and local chambers and our members in targeted areas, we will be able to mobilize and educate voters for the critical mid-term elections."

The bus, which is colorfully decorated specifically for the Chamber, is outfitted with more than a dozen state-of-the-art computer workstations and a satellite uplink which will allow Chamber staffers to process voter registration forms and provide important information on early voting and absentee ballots.

The tour will begin in Maryland and will cover 12 states during August, where the bus will be the centerpiece of voter registration events, grassroots activist training, and press conferences announcing Chamber endorsements for critical House and Senate races. In addition to holding events with Chamber members, the bus will also be visible at sporting events and state fairs.

"The goal is to educate, motivate, and turnout our members this fall," said Miller.


I found it interesting that the US Chamber is getting this active in the election. While they have endorsed candidates in the past they have never been active to this extent. I have a feeling that we will see this bus in Connecticut at some point, perhaps in the Second Congressional District.

The Chamber has a similar efforts in place for Nancy Johnson and Chris Shays and has backed Joe Lieberman. While they haven't ruled out commercials or mailings for Lieberman in the General election (as they did in the primary), they haven't decided to do so yet.

Sources:

Don Michak, Business Lobby Backs Lieberman, 3 GOP Reps . Journal Inquirer, 08/17/2006

U.S. Chamber Launches Vote for Business Bandwagon . 08/01/2006. US Chamber of Commerce

19 comments:

cgg said...

Interesting story DR. Be sure to keep us posted.

bluecoat said...

It's not surprising that small businesses do the majority of new job creatrion as that has been the way in America from it's inception. That fact is just one more reason why CT should stop giving special treatment to big businesses - particularly those from out of state - in the form of grants, tax abatements and guaranteed loans. Voo doo economics and rowlandnomics should really should go the way of Rowland himself. And folks might want to recall that when he was in the legislature Simmons wasn't a big booster of the Rentscler Field economic tomfoolery.

disgruntled_republican said...

blue -

I realize it was a lot but never imagined up to 80%. I was amazed by that.

Can you tell me what rowlandnomics is?

bluecoat said...

The eighty percent # is not new - it has always been in that ballpark; CT is a tough place to incubate abusiness these days. Rowlandnomics is what the DECD does today and did during Rowland and continued under Rell - give tax breaks, grants, loans based on politics and half baked analyses while ignoring the impact of all of this on the tax strucure and infrastructure the cost of which sooner or later gets passed on to evrybody in the state. That's also one of the main reasons why you don't see long term CT businnesses like GE and UTC expanding here - all of these costs get passed on to them. Rowlandnomics is unexplainable - it's Abromaitis and company keeping their govt. jobs!!!

disgruntled_republican said...

It was new to me....and I suspect it will be to others as well.

THanks for the explination on "Rowlandnomics" and dont surprised if you see a major CT company expand substantially very soon.

bluecoat said...

DG: that's the problem - that # shouldn't be new to anybody who over and over again lauds the work of DECD; the PA legislature, which does its bipartisan homework, has long ago done the critical analysis to show all this crap doesn't work. And as I mentioned once before I have been involved in finding new sites for a biggie that actually produced innovative products rahter than just retailed to steal market share and CT does it all wrong to attract innovative businesses - Bridgeport RTC Chair Torres got incentives from DECD to bring AC Motorcars to CT from England; ACM makes gas guzzlers - yuck!

disgruntled_republican said...

I know you have, I have seen you say it before. I am not the DECD so I am allowed to be surprised by it. And the major company I mentioned is not retail...not by a long shot.

bluecoat said...

Your allowed to be surprised by it but maybe youll think twice about beleiving everything the DECD says from this point forward. BTW, I learned about it in Economics class in college but it may not have been covered in ECONOMICS 1.

bluecoat said...

I am not sure the post went through; I'll keep it short - I learned that small businesses were the major job creators when I was in college but it may have been the course after ECONOMICS 1 instead of freshman year.

bluecoat said...

Before I hit the beach again I'll leave you with this thought DG: If all of this DECD is so great why haven't my taxes gone down - way down?? Or even stayed level???

Anonymous said...

DECD isn't just about lowering your taxes bluecoat....jobs are a part of it too. I fully admit it isn't be used to it's best potential but you cannot leave out the other half of the equation.

bluecoat said...

I'll have to check the state constitution to see where it says the job of CT govt. is to create jobs but suffice it to say anon 4:51 is a voo doo economist - and an economist is not a big fog!!! to the beach

Anonymous said...

It is the government's job to promote a healthy economy...last time I checked jobs is part of the equation.

bluecoat said...

25 years ago I worked with the North carolina DECD when we set up our first operation there. We didn't get a tax break, a grant or a loan. What we got was help understanding how to do businesse with govt. agencies in a state unfamiliar to us - the folks who worked in DECD had worked at NCDOT, NCDEP, etc. so they could help us understand a new bureacracy. A level playing field is what our country was once about!!!! Where's my towel?

bluecoat said...

which article of the CT Constitution says that?

bluecoat said...

Found it: the pursuit of life liberty and happiness and a helathy economy plus free healthcare - it's in the Declaration of INTERDEPENDENCE.

Anonymous said...

bluecoat, before you go to one of Fairfield's beautiful beaches, please tell us what you think gov't. should do? nothing? sit back and watch as other states and countries offer money and tax breaks to move out of CT? have there been mistakes, yes; and you love to focus on them. was the state's investment in UBS "voo doo" economics or "rowlandnomics" (a term that apparently you alone like)? if so, sign me up, as that deal has brought in hundreds of millions of dollars to CT and helped many small businesses that rely on UBS. open your eyes bluecoat, we are competing against the world for businesses and jobs, and despite an extremely high cost of living, CT is still doing better than most.

Anonymous said...

I think it's great that Connecticut got a Cabela's! And I hate the nay-sayers who want to complain about the close to $20million dollars in tax breaks that the State and East Hartford gave to them. That's only about $50,000 per job and I'm sure the State of CT will get a healthy return on that investment via new income taxes.

bluecoat said...

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Aetna, State Seek Aid Deal Agency Wants Company To Add 400 Jobs In Return For Loan, $6 Million In Tax Relief
August 19, 2006 By DIANE LEVICK, Courant Staff Writer