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Congressman Heck Touts Endorsement From Yet Another Koch-Backed Group

Las Vegas, NV – Today, Congressman Heck’s addiction to the Koch Brothers was again on display, as he gained more support from one of the many Koch-backed groups, this time with the endorsement from the so-called National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). The NFIB is a well known front for special interest groups and is propped up by millions in funding from the Koch Brothers, Big Oil, and big businesses. Just like Congressman Heck, the NFIB opposes raising the minimum wage and paycheck fairness but supports tax breaks for the wealthy and special interests — making this endorsement a perfect fit!

“Congressman Heck’s endorsement from yet another Koch-backed group is about as surprising as Donald Trump being endorsed by Trump University,” said Sarah Zukowski, spokesperson for the Nevada State Democratic Party. “Whether it’s his opposition to raising the minimum wage, his support for privatizing Social Security, or his multiple votes to turn Medicare into a voucher program, Congressman Heck is always a reliable vote for his billionaire benefactors, the Koch Brothers.”


In 2012, NFIB Got More Money From Koch Groups Than From Any Other Single Source.“The National Federation of Independent Business is one of the most influential small-business advocacy groups in the country. They battle against government regulation, higher taxes and, perhaps most famously, Obamacare. And they do it all as the self-described ‘voice of small business.’ But it turns out that the champions of Main Street America got more money last year from a group backed by billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch than any other single source.” [CNN, 11/21/13]


NFIB And Affiliated Groups Received $2.5 Million From Koch-Funded Freedom Partners.  “NFIB and its affiliated groups received $2.5 million from Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, a conservative advocacy group with deep ties to the Koch empire. Of the five men that sit on the group’s board, four are current or former employees of Koch companies and one is a friend of Charles Koch’s.  Freedom Partners gave the NFIB $1.5 million last year, the biggest single contribution the federation received, according to tax records. The Koch-backed group gave three other NFIB-affiliated group another $1 million, making Freedom Partners among the top two biggest contributors to those groups, records show.”  [CNN, 11/21/13]


NFIB Supported Tax Breaks For The Wealthiest Americas, Even Though The Bulk Of Those Benefits Would Accrue To People Other Than Small Business Owners. “Does the NFIB support conservative positions? No question. It’s received $3.7 million in funding from Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS. The NFIB also spent $3.1 million in 2010 for ‘advertising services’ with Crossroads Media, which bills itself as ‘the premier Republican media services firm.’ Does that make the NFIB a front for big business, or are conservative policies just what its small business membership wants? That’s harder to judge. The NFIB backs extending tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans, even though the bulk of those benefits would accrue to people other than small business owners, according to a nonpartisan analysis. We dubbed this practice ‘small biz-washing.’” [Bloomberg Businessweek, 9/26/12]


NFIB Opposed “Any Effort” To Increase The Federal Minimum Wage. In April 2014, National Federation of Independent Business press release stated, “NFIB opposes any effort to increase the federal minimum wage, including S. 2223, the Minimum Wage Fairness Act. This bill would increase the minimum wage to $10.10 and permanently index it to inflation. Like most government mandates on business, raising the minimum wage will have a deep and disproportionate impact on the small-business sector.” [NFIB press release, 4/30/14]


NFIB Strongly Opposed The Paycheck Fairness Act. “NFIB strongly opposes H.R. 12, the ‘Paycheck Fairness Act’ because it would impose significant costs upon small business owners who are trying to just stay afloat during these tough economic times.” [NFIB press release,4/30/09]