Business for America’s goal is to put political reform at the top of the agenda — and win. Our focus is on enacting high-impact policy changes, advancing technology to improve government, and elevating the business voice for change.
For the business community, establishing a well-functioning government is more than a matter of principle — it’s an urgent economic priority. As our democratic institutions fail to deliver results, business is losing out. In order to build a healthy, competitive business climate, our elections must offer voters meaningful choices and be fair, accurate, and safe from cyber threats.
We’re the only business group focused exclusively on upgrading government from end to end. While there are many voting rights, campaign finance, and government reform organizations, involvement from the business community has been lacking. That’s where Business for America comes in. By making the business and economic case for nonpartisan improvements to government and elections, we have a unique opportunity to catalyze political change.
Experts have called our work a potential “game-changer” — and we’re just getting started.
As part of its Corporate Civic Responsibility program, Business for America is supporting the business-led, nonpartisan Time to Vote movement. BFA is helping to expand the number of companies who commit to provide their employees with time off to vote on Election Day — November 3rd, 2020. The goal is to ensure that a cross section of US companies, from diverse sectors, geographically distributed and representative of large, mid and small businesses join the TTV effort. BFA believes that workers shouldn’t have to choose between earning a paycheck and voting. Greater participation in our elections helps to strengthen our democracy.
Getting government to change itself isn’t easy, but business leaders’ credibility and influence can make all the difference. Business for America is empowering business leaders to help educate the public, advance legislation and ballot initiatives, and improve public policy outcomes. Here are our top policy priorities.
The Secure Elections Act. Senate Bill 2261 is a commonsense bipartisan measure to address vulnerabilities in our election system, introduced by Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). The bill helps states replace outdated electronic voting machines that don’t leave a paper trail, improves election audits, and enhances cybersecurity protocols.
Pennsylvania Election Modernization. We have a statewide campaign to educate and organize Pennsylvania’s business community to accelerate election upgrades. The state’s outmoded election systems prevent easy access to the ballot, are unable to ferret out potential fraud, and cannot guarantee that every vote is counted in the 2020 election. Business leaders understand that this growing lack of confidence undermines trust in government, reduces voter turnout and is ultimately harmful to Pennsylvania’s business climate and economy. Read more »
And more. We’re working on additional state-level initiatives to advance commonsense reforms in advance of the 2020 elections. Want to get involved? Send us an email.
Technology and data science are starting to transform government — and we’ve barely scratched the surface. Our Technology Council will help fulfill technology’s promise to improve our elections, strengthen democratic institutions, and modernize government. Our work will cover a wide range of ideas from election security to artificial intelligence.
To join, co-sponsor, or advise the group, please contact us.
Business for America is planning our signature event: an annual conference on America’s economy, the role of government, the impact of technology, and the future of capitalism. This gathering will feature thought leaders in business, technology, economics, government, and politics. Talks will highlight the economic cost and social impact of dysfunctional government, proven policy solutions and new innovations, and the future of government and society.
By elevating important ideas, sparking new insights, and connecting civic and business leaders, the conference will have a lasting impact on our national dialogue. The conversation will extend beyond the conference hall with a national media campaign and online video series.
To co-sponsor the event, nominate a speaker, or volunteer, please contact us.