National Federation of Independent Business

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The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) is an association of small businesses in the United States. It is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, with offices in Washington, D.C., and all 50 state capitals. The goal of NFIB is to advance the interests of small businesses.[1]

While officially nonpartisan, it mostly endorses Republican candidates.


On its website, the National Federation of Independent Business states that it is a "nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded in 1943".[2] In 2010, 25 of its members, all Republican, were elected to the 112th Congress.[3]

There has been debate about how representative of American small businesses NFIB is, noting its very conservative and pro-Republican record.[4] Since 1990, it has donated $725,551 to Democratic candidates and party committees versus $11,972,074 to Republican candidates or party committees.[5] It was a key opponent of President Bill Clinton's attempt to reform American health care in 1993.[6]

In 2010, the NFIB became the lead plaintiff opposing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act health care reform legislation. The organization joined 26 states in the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the act. The case reached the Supreme Court, which issued its ruling on National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius on June 28, 2012, upholding most provisions of the act. Karl Rove's conservative Crossroads GPS PAC gave NFIB $3.7 million to help fund the court fight.[7]

The NFIB supported the America's Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2014 (H.R. 4457; 113th Congress), a bill that would amend section 179 of the Internal Revenue Code, which mostly affects small- to medium-sized businesses, to retroactively and permanently extend from January 1, 2014, increased limitations on the amount of investment that can be immediately deducted from taxable income.[8] The bill would return the tax code to its 2013 status and make the change permanent.[9] Dan Danner, the president and CEO at that time, argued that Congress could help small business by passing the bill as it would enable small businesses to "plan for the future, invest in the economy and hire new workers."[10]

In 2017, NFIB endorsed confirmation of SCOTUS nominee Neil Gorsuch.[11] In 2021, it sued to oppose a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for businesses before the Supreme Court.[12]

In fiscal year 2019, NFIB had total revenue of $97,191,251.[13]

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  1. ^ "National Federation of Independent Business - SourceWatch".
  2. ^ "About NFIB". 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-26.
  3. ^ "25 NFIB Members Join the 112th Congress". 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-26.
  4. ^ Mandelbaum, Robb (26 August 2009). "Whom Does the N.F.I.B. Represent (Besides Its Members)?". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 February 2022.
  5. ^ "National Fedn of Independent Business Profile: Totals". OpenSecrets. Retrieved 6 February 2022.
  6. ^ Mandelbaum, Robb (10 August 2009). "Health care reform's strange bedfellows". Retrieved 6 February 2022.
  7. ^ Slack, Donovan (2012-04-13). "Crossroads GPS gave $3.7 million to plaintiff in health care suit". Retrieved 2013-10-11.
  8. ^ "CBO - H.R. 4457". Congressional Budget Office. May 2014. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  9. ^ Pomerleau, Kyle (22 April 2014). "Tiberi Bill on permanent Extension of Small Business Expensing". Tax Foundation. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  10. ^ Danner, Dan (15 May 2014). "5 ways Washington can help small business". CNBC. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
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  12. ^ "OSHA Withdraws Vaccine Mandate Following Successful Supreme Court Challenge By NFIB". NFIB. 25 January 2022. Retrieved 6 February 2022.
  13. ^ Roberts, Ken Schwencke, Mike Tigas, Sisi Wei, Alec Glassford, Andrea Suozzo, Brandon (9 May 2013). "National Federation Of Independent Business Inc - Nonprofit Explorer". ProPublica. Retrieved 6 February 2022.

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