The National Federation of Independent Business/California SAFE Trust today announced its endorsement of Mike Stoker in California Assembly District 35. 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.

“Mike Stoker is a small business owner and understands our members’ issues,” said John Kabateck, NFIB/CA Executive Director. “He will be a strong voice opposing over-regulation and over-taxation in Sacramento.”

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

In April, 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

NFIB is the nation’s leading small business association, and represents members 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.


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