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Chamber Of Commerce Offers Communication Line Between Voters And Candidates

October 21, 2010 by  

Chamber of Commerce offers communication line between voters and candidatesThe United States Chamber of Commerce is encouraging voters to ask political candidates about their stance on free enterprise policies.

The Chamber recently announced the creation of a Web-based widget that gives individuals a voice before November's midterm elections. The widget allows users to send questions to candidates regarding job creation, government spending and tax increases. Politicians will then have the option of directly responding to the voter through email.

The Chamber has created several other initiatives as part of The Campaign for Free Enterprise, including mobile text, online advertisement and youth engagement programs.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the Chamber is on track to spend $75 million this year to support "business-sympathetic" candidates, mostly Republicans. Early in the election season, Bill Miller, the organization's national political director, identified about a dozen Senate races and 40 House contests that the Chamber would spend "real money" on to help shift power in Congress.

"The businesses and individuals who have been successful in this country and have benefited from the free enterprise system feel like they're under threat," Miller told the news source. "Our goal is to change the numbers so that when we make arguments to lawmakers about the issues important to free enterprise, people will listen to us."

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