Dave Boyer writes in the Washington Times that the formerly muscular National Federation of Independent Business is no longer the player it once was in D.C:
The National Federation of Independent Business, once the unrivaled voice for small businesses and their Republican allies in Congress, is grappling with troubling finances, reduced membership and diluted clout in Washington.
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Some Republicans no longer consider the NFIB to be the foremost guide for business legislation. In the 1990s, the group was the cardinal source on “key” votes for Republican lawmakers and created a name for itself by leading the fight against then-first lady Hillary Clinton’s health care proposal.
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Several Republican lawmakers said that in the era of rapidly expanding social media and newer advocacy groups targeting specific issues, there are simply many more voices competing for their time and attention on a variety of issues.
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