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2010 Federal Endorsements

October 1, 2010

Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) announced its complete list of Congressional endorsements for the 2010 election cycle. AIF endorsed a total of 14 candidates for Florida’s open Congressional seats.

“These candidates understand the critical role business plays in the health of our state’s economy. On behalf of AIF, I applaud each candidate for their continued support of the business community and their recognition of its direct relation to the strength of our state’s economic climate,” said Barney Bishop III, President and CEO of AIF. “In these uncertain times, we need leaders who are going to promote smart fiscal policies that will foster economic development and help businesses prosper. These are the type of lawmakers we need in Washington.”

The following federal candidates received AIF’s endorsement:

Jeff Miller (R) C-1
Ander Crenshaw (R) C-4
Clifford B. “Cliff” Stearns (R) C-6
John L. Mica (R) C-7
Daniel Webster (R) C-8
Gus Michael Bilirakis (R) C-9
C. W. Bill Young (R) C-10
Vern Buchanan (R) C-13
Connie Mack (R) C-14
Bill Posey (R) C-15
Tom Rooney (R) C-16
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R) C-18
Allen West (R) C-22
David Rivera (R) C-25

AIF endorses candidates who support the needs of Florida’s business community and champion policies that advocate a strong, free enterprise system. Electing lawmakers who will encourage a business-friendly environment is top priority for AIF.

The majority of AIF’s federal endorsements are for incumbent lawmakers and required a two-thirds vote by the AIF board. AIF staff made endorsement recommendations to the association’s board based on the voting records of Congressional members as reported by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the Business Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC).

The NAM is the largest industrial trade association in the United States representing more than 100,000 companies and serves as the voice of the manufacturing economy. BIPAC is an independent and bipartisan organization that has identified pro-prosperity candidates since 1963.

AIF has been the state affiliate for the NAM since 1951 and the state affiliate for BIPAC since 2006.