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Sun Oct 15, 2017, 12:34 PM

Why big business is not backing Roy Moore

Source: al.com, by John Sharp

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is joining other powerhouse campaign contributors and pro-business interest groups in backing out of the U.S. Senate race in Alabama.

In an email to AL.com Tuesday, Scott Reed, the senior political strategist with the national chamber, said the group plans to "spend the next 60 days working on job growth initiatives and tax reform."

"We have a process for non-incumbent races and plan to follow it in Alabama," Reed said in an email. "A candidates' stated priorities and positions on economic issues have great weight with the U.S.C.C. and the Alabama business community."

Reed criticized the outcome of the race, blaming trial lawyers and low voter turnout for Moore's win.

"The Alabama trial lawyers and the 85 percent of eligible Alabama voters that did not vote gave us Roy Moore," Reed said.

But - and it's a BIG but -

Jess Brown, a retired political science professor at Athens State University, said he could see corporate leaders taking a "dose of Dramamine" and "quietly support Moore without enthusiasm."

"If they think he is really threatened, they will retrieve their checkbooks on his behalf to salvage a Republican vote in D.C.," Brown said.

Read it all at: http://www.al.com/news/mobile/index.ssf/2017/10/why_big_business_is_not_backin.html#incart_river_home

Does "stealing" an election involve some degree of secrecy?

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