2014 Elections: Big Opportunity
Congress’ approval ratings have made it clear that Americans are fed up with politicians who are more beholden to ideology or ambition than doing what the voters sent them to Washington to do. Americans need leaders with the courage to govern on issues that matter, not those who refuse to acknowledge the unsustainable rate of federal spending or consider pragmatism to be an antiquated concept.
The U.S. Chamber measures candidates based on their support of American free enterprise—the policies that promote growth, boost job creation, and strengthen our economy. We stand with candidates who support job creators on a broad range of issues, ranging from energy and health care to transportation and legal reform.
Our goal for 2014 is to protect and expand a pro-business majority in the House and advance our position in the Senate. How do we accomplish that? We’re going early, often, and local.
We’re working hand in glove with our members on the ground to localize federal issues so that constituents understand the Main Street impact. We’ll be engaged in mobilizing the business community through early voting and have already been active in key states.
The Chamber went all-in to help elect pro-business conservative Bradley Byrne in the primary special election for Alabama’s 1st Congressional District last November. Shortly thereafter, we launched voter education campaigns in support of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell; Shelley Moore Capito in the West Virginia Senate race; Evan Jenkins from West Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District; and Rep. Mike Simpson from Idaho.
We’re working now to shape the map and the races that matter most. We’re meeting with candidates to gauge their support of business issues, and we’ve expanded the Chamber’s field staff, who will play an active role in the elections.
Finally, we’re embracing social media and other new techniques to communicate our messages, identify our voters, and get them to the polls. Stay tuned for the launch of VoteForJobs 2014, our voter education website.
The media, business, and advocacy communities have taken notice of our early, expanded, and upgraded activities. There is growing recognition that with our brand, broad membership, and the issues on our side, we can make a real difference on behalf of pro-business candidates in 2014.