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Business groups fortify advocacy efforts with new hires

NAM, U.S. Chamber, NFIB seek to bolster communications and lobbying voices as tax reform, midterm races approach

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Sept. 8, 2017
By Walt Williams

Three of the nation’s largest business groups have retooled their political and communications operations in recent weeks as next year’s midterm elections loom on the horizon.

The National Association of Manufacturers announced five staff changes that the group said would allow a rapid response to developments in the highly fluid media and political environments. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce added the former chief of staff of the Republican National Committee to its political team. And the National Federation of Independent Business hired a longtime association lobbyist to lead its federal advocacy staff.

The staff changes at all three groups better position each for upcoming policy debates on tax reform and other high-profile issues, but in the case of NAM and the Chamber in particular, the new hires also provide additional muscle heading into the 2018 political season.