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 an association of 69 chapters with more than 22,000 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]

Their positions regarding the Davis-Bacon Act and Project Labor Agreements often pit them in political battles against labor unions from the building trades.[3]

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. In the 2018 election cycle, ABC was the 285th-largest donor to federal candidates and committees, giving over $1.6 million.[4] The group also ranks among the 50 largest trade associations in the nation according to Washington Business Journal.[5]

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  1. ^ "About ABC". Retrieved 2020-04-17.
  2. ^ "ABC History". Associated Builders and Contractors. Archived from the original on June 28, 2012. Retrieved September 27, 2012.
  3. ^ Bogardus, Kevin (31 May 2012). "Unions go after construction trade group". The Hill.
  4. ^ "Associated Builders & Contractors: Summary". Center for Responsive Politics. Retrieved January 2, 2020.
  5. ^ "Associations By Revenue". Washington Business Journal: 31. October 12–18, 2012.

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