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Leading Business Groups Endorse Graham

June 5, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Scott Farmer

June 5, 2008 (803) 748-0300

COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham today announced endorsements of his re-election campaign by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and the United States Chamber of Commerce.

“I am proud to have the backing of the premier champions for small and large business in the United States,” said Graham. “The NFIB and U.S. Chamber represent the smallest sole proprietors and family-owned operations to the largest Fortune 500 Companies.

“I will work with these groups to revive our economy and encourage a business-friendly environment where companies can create jobs. In order to do this, I am committed to exploring both short and long-term solutions to our energy crisis, reducing the bureaucratic red tape, and developing a tax code where capital and entrepreneurship are rewarded,” concluded Graham.

NFIB Endorsement:

“Your election is not only critical to the small-business owners in your state, but also to protecting free enterprise across America,” wrote Dan Danner, Executive Vice President of NFIB SAFE Trust, the organization’s political arm in a letter to Graham.

Danner noted small business is the foundation of America’s economy – generating the majority of the nation’s jobs, innovation, and wealth.

“We are placing our endorsement in your campaign in order to build support for a national effort which secures increased access to affordable, quality healthcare for all small business and the families that depend on them for peace of mind,” continued Danner.

“Once again, on behalf of NFIB members in South Carolina and throughout America, we are pleased to support your candidacy, eager to take part in the upcoming political debate, and hopeful that we will share a well deserved victory in the upcoming election,” concluded Danner.

NFIB is the nation’s leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C., and all 50 state capitals.

United States Chamber of Commerce:

“On behalf of the world’s largest business federation representing more than three million businesses and organizations of ever size, sector, and region, I am pleased to inform you that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors has endorsed your candidacy for U.S. Senate,” wrote Thomas J. Donohue, President and Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in a letter to Graham.

“At no other time in our nation’s history has it been more critical that Members of Congress provide leadership that protects and advances the interests of the business community,” said Donohue. “We believe your election to the U.S. Senate will help produce sustained economic growth and promote America’s competitiveness in the world.”

Donohue noted that historically, the Chamber’s endorsement has served candidates well. In the 2006 elections, 222 of the 227 Chamber-backed candidates were elected.

“We will encourage the business community to vigorously support your candidacy,” concluded Donohue.


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