U.S. Chamber of Commerce Asks Candidates Where They Stand on Free Enterprise

Uses Online Widget to Send Five Free Enterprise Questions to Candidates Around the Country

Oct 13, 2010, 11:00 ET from U.S. Chamber of Commerce

WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced today a web-based widget to help voters engage their candidates before the mid-term elections in November by sending them an e-mail asking their position on five free enterprise policy questions.

The widget, a piece of software designed to carry out a specific task, is accessible via FreeEnterprise.com or the Facebook page for American Free Enterprise, where the campaign has over 67,000 fans.  The widget lets users send a personal message along with the questions to their candidates by filling out a simple form and providing their zip code.

"With less than a month before the November elections, creating jobs is the number one priority on the minds of American voters," said Stan Anderson, managing director of the U.S. Chamber's Campaign for Free Enterprise. "We have made it easy for voters to get the information they need from their candidates before they cast their ballots."

Thousands of e-mails have been sent, and over 75 percent of congressional candidates have already received the questions. Because the e-mail comes from the voter, candidates have the opportunity to respond directly to their constituents with answers.

The widget is part of a larger effort by the campaign this fall to help voters decide for themselves which of their candidates support the free enterprise policies that are so vital to creating the jobs that America needs. Other activities include a mobile texting campaign, Free Enterprise Week, a new Website, a nationwide online ad campaign, a state level blitz with policy makers, and youth engagement.  

The Campaign for Free Enterprise is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's comprehensive, multiyear campaign to support free enterprise through national advertising; grassroots advocacy; citizen, community, and youth engagement; and research and ideas leadership.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world's largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

SOURCE U.S. Chamber of Commerce