NFIB Puts Ethics Aside; Endorses Don Balfour, Only Incumbents

The National Federation of Independent Businesses has released it’s legislative endorsements, and the list reveals much more about NFIB than it does those on the list.

The first  Senator at the top of this list is none other than Don Balfour (R-GA Power).  Balfour, as you know, is the Senator that sponsored SB 31, the law that now has small businesses and individual rate payers giving Georgia Power $1 Billion dollars in advance profits for the new Vogtle nuclear reactors that are just beginning construction.  We’re paying, but large commercial customers were exempt from paying under Balfour’s bill. 

“Independent” implies small businessmen, and many of them are duped into supporting this organization and others under that guise. Many “independent” business are now paying for the guaranteed profits of a regulated monopoly that their larger businesses were exempt from.  Note in the release below how many times small businesses are mentioned.  Small to NFIB apparently means “can barely afford a quality lobbyist”.

Also, Balfour has that tiny problem of his pending Senate ethics investigation, found by the Senate ethics committee to have had “substantial cause” to have violated Senate ethics rules and possibly Georgia law.

But NFIB doesn’t seemed to care about that.  Don Balfour delivers for them, as do these other incumbents.  Insiders are scratching insiders backs, and you poor pesky grassroots voters are just supposed to shut up and be glad they’re all there.

Their full results are below the fold, if you would  like to know who NFIB places in the same good company as Don Balfour:

ATLANTA, July 16, 2012 – The National Federation of Independent Business, Georgia’s leading small-business association, said today it has endorsed candidates in 16 legislative primary races. The endorsements were made by NFIB/Georgia SAFE (Save America’s Free Enterprise) Trust, which is comprised exclusively of NFIB members.
 The primary will be Tuesday, July 31; the general election, Tuesday, Nov. 6.
“NFIB supports candidates who understand how important it is to reduce burdens on small business,” said Kyle Jackson, state director of NFIB/Georgia. “These candidates have consistently supported less taxation, worked diligently to improve our unemployment comp system and embraced meaningful regulatory reform.”
Senate (name, district)

 Don Balfour, 9
 Cecil Staton, 18
 Chip Rogers, 21
 Johnny Grant, 25
 Jack Murphy, 27
 Bill Heath, 31
 Frank Ginn, 47

House (name, district)

 Jay Neal, 2
 Paulette Braddock, 19
 Sean Jerguson, 21
 Don Parsons, 44
 John Carson, 46
 Glenn Baker, 78
 Steve Davis, 109
 Jimmy Pruett, 149
 Chuck Sims, 169
 NFIB’s endorsement is critical to these campaigns. 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 has pledged it will activate its grassroots network on behalf of these campaigns. NFIB’s political support is based on the candidates’ positions and records on small business issues.


  1. I’m shocked. The same organization that fought a healthcare law that will primarily benefit small business owners is now endorsing Balfour? I guess their standard is they’re only against you if you try to do something for them.

  2. CCFRG says:

    Not only are they endorsing Balfour but Chip Rogers a guy who caused a bank which was the primary lender to small businesses out of business with his crooked hotel deal.

    How could they not endorse or applaud the President of a large Chamber of Commerce that thousands of small businesses put their confidence in every year with membership dues.

    Your right Charlie- another part of the “Incumbent Protection Program” that Chip wrote about in his letter to the caucus.

  3. SabrinaWorks247 says:

    I called Kyle Jackson, Georgia State Director for NFIB, to ask what criteria they used when choosing to endorse a candidate. He said that if an incumbent has a 70% voting record on issues important to the small business community, they usually get the NFIB endorsement. I asked if he had any concerns about Balfour’s ethics problems. He said, “Yeah, he’s done some bad things.” I asked if it would make a difference if the ethics investigation turned into a criminal investigation. He said they could always go back and reconsider an endorsement. I wonder if all Georgia NFIB members agree with this endorsement.

    • Baker says:

      This whole thing is a bummer. So the incumbents get the endorsement because of voting record without any regard to what the opponent has to say? Boy they really put a lot of thought into those endorsements. Why even do it?

      The constant exempting of large companies from taxes is a huge problem that I won’t delve very far into, but your Southern Co. example dovetails nicely with the reason Vincent Fort is advocating against the TSPLOST.

    • Charlie says:

      So after they help get Balfour re-elected, they want to reserve the right to retroactively claim they didn’t?

      Freaking awesome.

  4. Bull Moose says:

    All of these groups are just psuedo fronts for the Republican Establishment Protection system… also known as incumbents… I’m not saying that all incumbents are bad, but Balfour, Murphy, and Rogers are some of the slimiest in the state and don’t belong in the State Senate nor deserve to call themselves a State Senator.

  5. Bob Loblaw says:

    Wait, I thought Sen. Balfour was for “Ethics,” signed a pledge for a $100 cap on gifts and promised to sponsor the legislation. That’s the Holy Grail, right? The big enchilada? Balfour for Ethics!

    • Charlie says:

      First, not even close to the holy grail. More on that today at 1:00.

      Second, given that Balfour has standing ethics problems, is responsible for killing gift caps last session, killed the study committee that was proposed after it, and then was on the conference committee that tried to weaken ethics laws by burying the fix for his ethics problems in a bill about fishing licenses, I really don’t care to consider his campaign conversion to being pro-gift cap as sincere.

      I tend to look at actual actions instead of campaign pledge gimmicks. I’m funny that way.

      • Bob Loblaw says:

        Can’t wait for the column when the Balfour spending cap bill passes the State Senate :).

            • Harry says:

              Why not, they named a parkway for Cynthia McKinney and she moved to California. I’m sick of every little bridge and interchange being named for some politician, living or dead. These ugly signs should be used for target practice.

              • Calypso says:

                Just got back from central Florida, it’s even worse there. Every three miles there’s a different “Joe Blow Memorial Highway” sign up. A few more miles and it’s “John Doe Memorial Highway”

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