Associated Builders and Contractors

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Associated Builders and Contractors
TypeTrade Association
FocusConstruction Industry
Area served
United States United States

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national U.S. trade association representing the non-union construction industry. ABC is association of 70 chapters with 21,000 commercial contractors and construction-related firms among its members.[1] The association was founded in Baltimore, Maryland in 1950 to advocate "for free enterprise and open competition in the U.S. construction industry."[2] ABC's strategic partners are Maxwell Systems, specializing in construction software,[3] and CNA, specializing in insurance for the construction industry.

Their positions regarding the Davis-Bacon Act and Project Labor Agreements often pit them in political battles against labor unions from the building trades.[4]

The Center for Responsive Politics has designated ABC as a "Heavy Hitter", rating it among the largest overall contributors to federal elections over the past two decades.[5] The group also ranks among the 50 largest trade associations in the nation according to Washington Business Journal.[6] However, the entirety of donations from their Associated Builders and Contractors Political Action Committee go to Republican candidates who support legislation reducing laborer benefits and eliminating labor unions[7].

ABC endorsed Governor Mitt Romney during the 2012 Republican primary after the candidate addressed its national board, and backed him in his general election race against President Barack Obama.[8]

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  1. ^ "About ABC". Associated Builders and Contractors. Archived from the original on September 27, 2012. Retrieved September 27, 2012.
  2. ^ "ABC History". Associated Builders and Contractors. Archived from the original on June 28, 2012. Retrieved September 27, 2012.
  3. ^ "ABC Strategic Partnership - Maxwell Systems". Maxwell Systems, Inc. Retrieved July 10, 2013.
  4. ^ Bogardus, Kevin (31 May 2012). "Unions go after construction trade group". The Hill.
  5. ^ "Associated Builders & Contractors: Summary". Center for Responsive Politics. Retrieved September 27, 2012.
  6. ^ "Associations By Revenue". Washington Business Journal: 31. October 12–18, 2012.
  7. ^ "Associated Builders & Contractors - OpenSecrets". Center for Responsive Politics. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  8. ^ Blair, Scott (23 February 2012). "ABC Endorses Romney Following Raucus Speech in Phoenix". Engineering News-Record.

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