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Crapo wins small-biz endorsement

The National Federation of Independent Business announced today that it's endorsing Idaho's senior center, Mike Crapo, in his re-election bid, noting that it's rated Crapo as a "Guardian of Small Business" since his first term in Congress for his voting record on the group's issues, and calling him "a strong leader on tax issues, consistently voting to keep taxes low for small businesses." Click below to read the group's full announcement. Crapo's bid for a third U.S. Senate term is being challenged by Democrat Tom Sullivan of Tetonia, a political newcomer; also on the ballot is Constitution Party candidate Randy Lynn Bergquist of Weiser.


Senator Crapo Earns Small Business Endorsement
Commitment to Small Businesses Clinches Important Constituency’s Support

WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 12, 2010 — Today the National Federation of Independent Business, America’s leading small business association, announced its full support and endorsement of Senator Mike Crapo.

A strong advocate for small business, Senator Crapo has been a “Guardian of Small Business” award winner since his first term in Congress for his votes in support of small business. He has been a strong leader on tax issues, consistently voting to keep taxes low for small businesses, one of the top concerns of small business owners.

“In a time when there is a lot of focus on helping small business, some leaders just talk about it and others work to find ways to deliver on it. Senator Crapo is one of those leaders working to deliver results for our nation’s job creators,” said Lisa Goeas, NFIB’s vice president for political operations.

As a member of the Senate Finance committee, Crapo is an advocate for small business, encouraging solutions that help address their economic concerns.

“Senator Crapo continues to work diligently to offer constructive solutions to the most pressing small business issues. We commend the Senator for voting against the healthcare bill that is now law, and NFIB will continue to work with him to find meaningful solutions that work for small business,” said Goeas.

There are thousands of NFIB small business owners in Idaho, and even more small business employees and supporters, making this a significant endorsement in an important election year.

The endorsement comes from NFIB’s Save America’s Free Enterprise Trust, the association’s political action committee, and is based on positions on key small business issues including healthcare, taxes, and labor and regulatory issues. With this endorsement, Crapo gains the active grassroots and financial backing from Idaho’s small business owners.

Small business owners and their employees vote in high numbers and are known for actively recruiting friends, family members and acquaintances to go to the polls. NFIB will encourage Idaho’s members to help turn out the small business vote on Crapo’s behalf on Election Day.


NFIB is the nation’s leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 states. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small and independent business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB’s powerful network of grassroots activists sends their views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information about NFIB is available online at

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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