Government awards small-business contracts to large companies


Government awards small-business contracts to large companies

Britton Law, P.A.
May 31, 2013

Small businesses in North Carolina and throughout the country create most of the net new jobs in America. The expenses incurred by these job-creating small businesses, including business litigation, are significant. Despite the fact that small businesses help drive the American economy, studies have shown that the federal government is giving small-business contracts to huge corporations.

Data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that small businesses created more than 90 percent of the net new employment positions in the United States. A study by the Kaufmann Foundation found that small businesses generated 100 percent of net new jobs in America since 1980.

The Small Business Act, signed into law by Dwight Eisenhower in 1953, requires the federal government to award at least 23 percent of the entire value of all government contracts to small businesses. Small businesses are not reaping the rewards of this law. Investigations found that many of the contracts that the federal government claims it awarded to small businesses were given to large corporations.

Many of the large companies that receive government small-business contracts ship jobs overseas. Some of these large corporations pay either a negligible amount of federal income taxes or no income tax at all. Despite these facts, the government gave huge companies around 95 percent of the taxpayer dollars from the Reinvestment and Recovery Act and the Troubled Asset Relief Program.

The government should award these business contracts to small, innovative companies instead of giving them to corporate conglomerates. Small businesses, including North Carolina companies, would generate more work if the government properly awarded them small-business contracts. Companies that have more work can hire more employees. Professional business and commercial law attorneys may be able to give small-business owners advice regarding the growth of their companies.

Source: Huffington Post, "Should the Federal Government Be Giving Small Business Contracts to Fortune 500 Firms?", Lloyd Chapman, May 23, 2013

Eliminating Fraud in Small Business Contracting


Eliminating Fraud in Small Business Contracting

By Lacie Schwarz and Will Hixson
Better Government Competition
May 20, 2013

What do the iconic brands Pepsi, Disney, Johnson & Johnson and Costco have in common? They’re amongst some of the largest companies to have developed their roots in the land of the American dream. They rose to prominence through ironclad business plans, unwavering consumer support and, oh yeah, defrauding American taxpayers and small businesses out of billions of dollars a year.

The Problem

An increasing number of small business contracts are ending up in the hands of ineligible, too-large companies to the tune of tens of billions of dollars a year. The Small Business Act of 1953 legally established that a fair portion of all federal contracts (currently 23 percent) are to be awarded to American small businesses in order to help them and, consequently, our economy grow and prosper. The Small Business Act is the number one program diverting funds to our dwindling middle class and the nation’s chief job creators, small businesses. The U.S. Census Bureau reported that small businesses are responsible for 90 percent of net new jobs in the country, 50 percent of the private sector workforce and 50 percent of the GDP; so undercutting the portion of funds that goes to these small businesses creates dire consequences for the American economy. A lack of federal funds being funneled into legitimate small businesses directly means fewer jobs are available.

The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) outlines the size standards for each industry eligible to receive small business contracts. Some industries go by number of employees, while some go by annual revenue to determine eligibility. For industries with a size standard based on a certain number of employees, the size range varies from 500 employees or less to 1,500 employees or less. Trades with eligibility based on revenue have a set amount of maximum revenue in the range of $750,000 and $35.5 million, based on the industry.

For the last decade, extremely large companies like Pepsi, with at least $65 billion in annual revenue, continue to fraudulently receive billions of dollars in small business contracts each year. In fiscal year 2012 alone, Pepsi fraudulently received $5,690,654 in small business contracts. In order to be legitimately qualified for those contracts, a company in that industry can have no more than 500 employees, Pepsi has 278,000.

Through loopholes, a lack of oversight and what the Small Business Administration (SBA) calls “anomalies,” a company more than 550 times larger than what is allowed was able to receive millions of dollars in small business contracts that should have gone to legitimate small businesses. This is not the exception, but is fast becoming the rule. The majority of small business contracts do not go to their intended recipients, they go to large companies, many of which don’t pay their fair share of taxes.

In 2005, the Small Business Administration Office of Inspector General (SBA OIG) released Report 5-15, which described the diversion of federal small business contracts to large businesses as, “One of the most important challenges facing the Small Business Administration and the entire federal government today,” but, to date, these small business contracts are still going to ineligible companies at an alarming rate.

Oftentimes large companies receive small business contracts through their subsidiaries. Though these subsidiaries are likely to fit the NAICS standards, they still are not legally eligible for these contracts, as the size standards are meant to include not only the size of the company that received the contracts, but also the size of all affiliated companies, including any subsidiaries and parent companies. This is just one loophole large companies are using to highjack small business contracts.

Many companies also capitalize off of the lack of oversight exercised by the SBA in doling out these small business contracts. Ineligible companies self-certify as small businesses, and the SBA doesn’t verify this information. Various SBA OIG reports have shown that the diversion of small business contracts to large companies is prevalent and the SBA’s reaction to these reports show that committing this kind of fraud rarely comes with any penalties or repercussions. Participating in this kind of fraudulent activity is supposed to carry a prison sentence of 10 years and a fine of $500,000 but, very few business owners committing this type of fraud ever face charges.

The Solution

The first part of our proposed policy would make illegal the practice of labeling contracts to large corporations as small business contracts. The SBA would be responsible for going through each agency’s small business contracting records and would relabel any small business contract that went to an ineligible company. Once the relabeling occurs, further transparency would be the result. The SBA would no longer be able to count ineligible small business contracts towards their 23 percent goal, and we’d see their true numbers surface. The SBA would be held accountable for ensuring the accurate labeling of each small business contract, with harsh penalties issued for any misleading data.

Part two of our policy would enact a piece of legislation that failed to pass Congress. Nearly four years ago Congressman Henry “Hank” Johnson Jr. introduced the Fairness and Transparency in Contracting Act of 2009, a bill created by our organization, the American Small Business League (ASBL). The bill’s purpose was to amend the Small Business Act to establish additional requirements excluding publicly traded companies, subsidiaries of publicly traded companies, foreign owned firms and subsidiaries of foreign owned firms from small business contract eligibility. The bill simply directs existing federal infrastructure spending to our nation's chief job creator - the small businesses, no new taxes or spending required. Ultimately the bill lacked support and failed to be put into effect.

The core of our proposed policy would be increased enforcement of regulation on contracting fraud. While this practice is already illegal under the Small Business Act, our policy would strictly enforce the law as described in section 16(d) of the act, which states:

“Any person or entity that intentionally misrepresents the status of any concern or person as a “small business concern”…in order to obtain for him/ herself or another any of the contracting opportunities…will be subject to the penalties set forth…Any person who violates shall be punished by a fine of not more than $500,000 or by imprisonment for not more than 10 years, or both.”

Our policy would clearly define what a small business is and which types of companies are eligible for small business contracts. No longer would the SBA’s explanations of “human error” or “anomalies” be accepted. The SBA, contractors and companies receiving contracts would all be held accountable when this fraudulent activity occurs.


The Small Business Administration was created to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small businesses. One of the intended functions of the SBA is to ensure that legitimate small businesses are receiving their fair portion of all federal contracts. The SBA needs to be reformed to ensure that small business contracts land in the right hands and the 23 percent goal is consistently met. Funding for the proposed policy would come from the SBA’s budget, which is nearly $1 billion per year. Because regulating small business contracting should be a main function of the SBA, no further funding would be provided.


We are still feeling the pain of the worst economic downturn since the great depression. Though the unemployment rate continues to shrink, it’s partially due to the fact that more and more Americans are giving up on looking for work or they are retiring.

According to Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, for every one percent increase in federal contracts to small businesses, more than 100,000 jobs would be created. U.S. Rep. Steve LaTourette says $1 billion in infrastructure investment translates to 42,000 jobs.

Of the top 100 companies receiving the highest volume in small business contracts in fiscal 2012, in terms of dollar amount, 71 of them were determined to be too big to be eligible for small business contracts. That means that nearly three fourths of the top small business contracts went to non-small, non-eligible companies that did not fit the federally mandated size standards (NAICS codes). If we use this sample as a representative of the whole, that would mean, approximately 70 percent of small business contracts are ending up in the hands of non-eligible, too-big companies. Each percentage point of the small business contracting goal achieved, according to Senator Landrieu, means 100,000 jobs are created.

According to our sample size, a mere 6.9 percent of federal contracting dollars are going to legitimate small businesses. That leaves an additional 16.1 percent of these contracts being diverted to non-eligible companies. That means, according to our sample size, Americans lost out on approximately 1.61 million jobs being created because the SBA allowed small business contracts to be intercepted by ineligible companies.

The federal acquisition budget is listed as being anywhere from $500 billion to $600 billion annually, so we average the two and used $550 billion as the acquisition budget. According to our sample size, only about 30 percent of the 23 percent procurement goal of contracts are actually set aside for small businesses.

To find out what percentage of contracts are actually going to legitimate small businesses, we found out what 23 percent of the total acquisition budget would be, multiplied 23 percent by $550 billion and came up with $126.5 billion - which would be the total dollar amount small business would get if they received their federally mandated portion of the acquisition budget. We then determined that 30 percent (referenced above, based on our sample size) of $126.5 billion is $37.95 billion. This means that, according to our sample size, legitimate small businesses are only getting approximately $37.95 billion of the $126.5 billion they are lawfully entitled to.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate is holding steady at 7.7 percent, or 12 million people. If we could add these 1.61 million jobs, the number of individuals that are unemployed would drop to about 10.39 million or by 13.42 percent. 13.42 percent of the total unemployment rate, 7.7 percent, is 1.74 percent. So total unemployment rate, 7.7 percent minus 1.74 percent (the percentage of people that would be taken out of the unemployment rate if small businesses had their rightful share of small business contracts) would leave the unemployment rate at approximately 5.96 percent, the lowest it’s been since July of 2008.

Ending the diversion of small business contracts to large corporations would not only give the economy a much needed boost, it would send a message to the public that the government is willing to fight fraud and increase transparency. Last year, the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press released results from a study indicating that 54 percent of Americans believe the government is mostly corrupt. Acknowledging and reversing the rampant abuse in contracting fraud would be a step in the right direction to minimize to perception of our government as corrupt.

New legislation, such as the Fairness and Transparency in Contracting Act, will be required to address the problem. This would clearly define a small business as one that is independently owned. The majority of our proposed policy would come in the form of regulatory change. The legislation crucial to the success of our proposed policy was already passed, sixty years ago.

There will be no more sweeping this issue under the rug or claiming it’s unintentional. The SBA administrator will be responsible for regulating his or her agency to ensure that small businesses are receiving the contracts they are legally entitled to. The agency will also be responsible for accurately reporting their numbers, rather than including billions of dollars in fraudulent contracts towards their small business procurement goals. Each agency of the government will need to be regulated to ensure they are meeting their contracting goals and not falsifying them. The presidential administration would need to oversee each federal agency’s contracting to ensure the fraud does not persist. State and local governments could regulate contracting fraud in their areas. Massachusetts has numerous large corporations receiving small business contracts fraudulently. State authorities could be doing their own regulation on contracting fraud.

Applicability to Massachusetts

Massachusetts is the hub of a great deal of small business contracting fraud. Eight out of the 11 Fortune 500 companies based in Massachusetts received small business contracts in FY 2012. Companies throughout the state are actively defrauding small businesses out of at least hundreds of millions of dollars a year. Acambis Inc. (Sanofi Pasteur Biologics) located in Cambridge, MA received $35,370,000 in small business contracts in fiscal year 2012. The problem is, Acambis is an extremely large business, that should not have been allowed to receive these contracts.The company has listed itself, on various federal databases as having $43,722,680,000 in annual revenue. In order to legally receive the small business contracts that went to Acambis, a company can have no more than 500 employees. Acambis has 107,647 employees. Acambis received the highest dollar amount in small business contracts doled out by the Health and Human Services agency in Massachusetts for fiscal year 2012. Had the SBA properly implemented the small business contracting policies, those funds would have gone to legitimate small businesses in Massachusetts.

Another culprit within the Massachusetts area is the company, P&S Construction, Inc. in North Chelmsford, MA. With 80 employees and $55,633,911 in annual revenue, they far surpass the $33.5 million annual revenue limitation for the $38,139,237 in small business contracts that they received. P&S Construction, Inc. received the second largest dollar amount worth of contracts given out by the Navy in Massachusetts for fiscal year 2012.

A company called Quantech Services, based in Lexington, MA, received the fifth largest dollar amount in small business contracts awarded by the Defense agency in Massachusetts for fiscal year 2012. They are another Massachusetts-based company that’s continued to fraudulently receive small business contracts that they are clearly not eligible for. The company with 350 employees received $55,170,270 in small business contracts for fiscal year 2012. For a company to legitimately receive these contracts they cannot have more than $14 million in annual revenue, Quantech Services has $55,248,000 in annual revenue.

These are just a select few companies that received small business contracts that they were not eligible for. The diversion of these small business contracts to large businesses is directly costing Massachusetts’s small business owners the ability to grow and hire more people, which means less available jobs for the people of Massachusetts. There are numerous examples like these for every state in the country.


In order to incite change, the public needs to be made aware of the scope of this issue. Releasing press releases, blog posts, doing interviews on news programs and contacting our chambers and elected officials has proven not to be enough to convince the SBA that this is a major problem that needs serious and immediate attention. We are in the planning stages of creating a documentary highlighting the fraud and corruption present within the SBA’s small business contracting programs. We are confident that if the American people knew that their tax dollars were being put towards fraudulent endeavors, they would demand change. How would the average American person feel if they found out companies like Johnson and Johnson and Disney were stealing funds from dime stores and mom and pop shops?

In order to make this information more readily available to American taxpayers who are footing the bill for these fraudulent acquisitions, we think creating a documentary is the most effective way to get this issue into the hands of the American public. The only way to halt this detrimental practice is to hold the responsible people accountable.

The SBA has previously released press releases claiming that these fraudulent acquisitions are mere computer glitches, anomalies or the result of human error. These claims are simply preposterous and aid in absolving the SBA from their responsibility over the issue. By interviewing legitimate small business owners that have lost out on contracts to ineligible companies, presenting the fraudulent small business contracting acquisitions spanning the last 10 years, naming the officials who have continued to let this practice happen and introducing simple steps to correct this issue through a documentary we can then educate the American people and have a firmer support group that will call for the SBA to take action and correct the way they run their small business contracting programs.


America is built on a society that roots for the underdog. What draws people from around the world to our country is the idea of the American dream; the hope that with hard work and dedication, great things are possible. What the SBA is doing is robbing people of their ability to reach their goals. Funds secured by the Small Business Act that are meant to help hard-working individuals with solid business plans start their business are instead being put towards already-established, oftentimes multi-million and even multi-billion dollar, companies. To change this, the SBA needs to be held accountable. Once this issue is corrected, billions of dollars will be funneled back into American small businesses and the dwindling middle class.

Local man Fights for Small Business Contracts


Local man Fights for Small Business Contracts

By Matt Brown
May 14, 2013

Lloyd Chapman knows all too well the heartache of losing a lucrative government contract, especially for a small business.

As sales manager for a Petaluma-based computer company in the late 1980s, Chapman listened as a sobbing sales team member explained how she had spent three months working on getting a contract that was earmarked for a U.S. small business only to lose out to a Dutch company with 26,000 employees.

“I thought, 'What?'” Chapman said. “How can that be true?”

Since then, Chapman, 63, has dedicated his life to fighting what he calls corruption and fraud in the way small businesses are awarded federal contracts. After a career in the computer industry, the Texas transplant founded the American Small Business League in Petaluma in 2004.

“We are the only organization in the country, no, in the world, that's working on fixing small business contracting,” Chapman said. “We think it's a problem that the government is giving small business contracts to Fortune 500 companies.”

The Small Business Act of 1953 mandates that 23 percent of government contracts must go to small businesses. Chapman has sued the White House, the Pentagon and the Small Business Administration multiple times to try and achieve more transparency in how government contracts are awarded.

He recently worked with Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) to draft a bill that would “close the loopholes that allow publicly traded, foreign-owned and Fortune 1000 companies to receive federal contracts intended for small businesses.”

Chapman's lawsuits have spurred investigations into fraud and abuse in small business contracting, which found that large companies such as Verizon, General Electric and Bank of America received contracts earmarked for small businesses.

“Before I got involved, there were zero investigations,” Chapman said. “Now there are dozens of investigations.”

The American Small Business League headquarters, in a quiet, nondescript office park in southern Petaluma, is far from the halls of power and influence in Washington, D.C. Yet thanks to its tenacious, charismatic founder, the tiny local organization punches above its weight as it advocates for small businesses.

Chapman, who is short and wiry with wispy grey hair and black-rimmed glasses, has appeared on most major broadcast news outlets including CNN, NBC and CBS. Newspapers such as The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Washington Post have interviewed him.

As a reward for his tireless crusading, Chapman has received death threats, had his phone tapped, and been followed by government agents, he claims. (He turned off his phone and left it in another room before a recent interview).

“I'm exposing trillions of dollars in fraud,” he said. “Of course they're going to monitor what we're doing.”

A frequent target of Chapman's ire is the Small Business Administration, the federal agency established to help small businesses win federal contracts. Chapman thinks the agency is complicit in fraud, while the agency says it is working to make sure that big businesses are not being counted toward the federal government's small business contracting goal.

“I know Lloyd. He's definitely passionate about small business contracting,” said Mark Quinn, district director for the SBA San Francisco office. “His methods are a bit different than what we would do, but we have the same goals. We don't want to see large businesses fronting or misrepresenting themselves as small businesses.”

Despite Chapman's monumental task of stopping governmental graft, his organization keeps a low profile in an office off of Lakeville Highway that is shared with computer company GC Micro. The group, which is funded by small business members and $2 million of Chapman's own money, has less than 10 employees and no presence outside Petaluma, said spokesman Will Hixson.

“It surprises people that we're in Petaluma,” he said. “We're pretty low key.”

The mercurial Chapman occasionally travels to Washington to lobby for his cause, though he is not a registered lobbyist, and he sometimes appears in court, though he is not a lawyer. An energetic fast-talker with a penchant for recalling financial data, Chapman mostly tries to spread his message by making media appearances and writing blog posts.

Chapman doesn't think his bill, The Fairness and Transparency in Contracting Act of 2013, has much of a chance of being made into law or even making it out of committee. He helped a similar bill get introduced in Congress in 2009 that went nowhere. But he is using this occasion to raise awareness for the issue and continue fighting his sometimes-vicious battle.

“I'm motivated,” he said. “As soon as I got involved, the government started attacking me. They called me a nut and a conspiracy theorist. Now, it's personal.”

They Are Murdering Small Business: The Percentage Of Self-Employed Americans Is At A Record Low


They Are Murdering Small Business: The Percentage Of Self-Employed Americans Is At A Record Low

By Michael
The Economic Collapse
May 2, 2013

The percentage of Americans that are working for themselves has never been lower in the history of the United States. Once upon a time, the United States was a paradise for entrepreneurs and small businesses, but now the control freak bureaucrats that dominate our society have created a system that absolutely eviscerates them. This is very unfortunate, because by murdering small business, the bureaucrats are destroying the primary engine of job growth in this country. One of the big reasons why there are not enough jobs in America today is because small business creation is way down. As I mentioned yesterday, entrepreneurs and small businesses are being absolutely devastated by rules, regulations, red tape and by oppressive levels of taxation. If anyone doubts that small business in the United States is dying, just look at the charts below. Sadly, this is what the bureaucrats that run things want. They don't want us to be independent of the system. Instead, they are much more comfortable when as many of us as possible are heavily dependent on the system in one way or another. If all of us have to go running to the government or to one of the big corporations for a job, then we are much easier to control. But as the control freaks continue to construct their bureaucratic utopia, they are also killing off what once made the U.S. economy so great.

The other day I came across the following two charts in an article by Charles Hugh Smith, and I was absolutely stunned by what I saw. This first chart shows that the number of unincorporated self-employed Americans has dropped back to levels that we have not seen since the mid-1980s even though our population has increased by tens of millions of people since that time...

The Number Of Self-Employed Americans

As you can see, from 1970 to the mid-1990s the number of unincorporated self-employed Americans rose steadily. But in the mid-1990s it began to level off and now it is falling rapidly.

This next chart shows the percentage of self-employed Americans as a share of non-farm employment. In other words, those that work on farms are excluded from this chart. The percentage of self-employed Americans was fairly stable between 1970 and 1990, but since 1990 it has been steadily eroding and it has now reached a level never seen before...

Self-Employed As A Share Of Non-Farm Employment

At this point, only about 7 percent of non-farm workers are self-employed. That is depressingly low. That means that an overwhelming majority of those that are employed in America are working for the system in one capacity or another.

But isn't that what we pound into the heads of our children these days? We teach them to work hard in school so that they can "get a good job" when they grow up. From a very early age we train our children to plug themselves into the system.

Not that working for someone else is wrong. Of course not. It is just that we are not fostering a spirit of entrepreneurship in America today. In fact, we seem to be doing everything that we can to kill it off.

In a previous article, I detailed how the number of new businesses (and the number of jobs those businesses create) has been steadily declining. In particular, this decline has accelerated dramatically under the Obama administration. According to an analysis of U.S. Department of Labor data performed by economist Tim Kane, the following is how the decline in the number of startup jobs per 1000 Americans breaks down by presidential administration...

Bush Sr.: 11.3

Clinton: 11.2

Bush Jr.: 10.8

Obama: 7.8

Is that a good trend or a bad trend?

It doesn't take an advanced degree in economics to figure out where things are going.

Kane speculated about why we are witnessing such a decline in his paper...

There is anecdotal evidence that the U.S. policy environment has become inadvertently hostile to entrepreneurial employment. At the federal level, high taxes and higher uncertainty about taxes are undoubtedly inhibiting entrepreneurship, but to what degree is unknown. The dominant factor may be new regulations on labor. The passage of the Affordable Care Act is creating a sweeping alteration of the regulatory environment that directly changes how employers engage their workforces, and it will be some time until those changes are understood by employers or scholars. Separately, there has been a federal crackdown since 2009 by the Internal Revenue Service on U.S. employers that hire U.S. workers as independent contractors rather than employees, raising the question of mandatory benefits. New firms tend to use part-time and contract staffing rather than full-time employees during the startup stage. According to Labor Department data, the typical American today only takes home 70 percent of compensation as pay, while the rest is absorbed by the spiraling cost of benefits (e.g., health insurance). The dilemma for U.S. policy is that an American entrepreneur has zero tax or regulatory burden when hiring a consultant/contractor who resides abroad. But that same employer is subject to paperwork, taxation, and possible IRS harassment if employing U.S.-based contractors. Finally, there has been a steady barrier erected to entrepreneurs at the local policy level. Brink Lindsey points out in his book Human Capitalism that the rise of occupational licensing is destroying startup opportunities for poor and middle class Americans.

In my previous article, I also pointed out some of the other statistics that show that small business in America is dying...

-According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. economy lost more than 220,000 small businesses during the last recession.

-As a share of the population, the percentage of Americans that are self-employed fell by more than 20 percent between 1991 and 2010.

-As a share of the population, the percentage of "new entrepreneurs and business owners" dropped by a staggering 53 percent between 1977 and 2010.

Unfortunately, this is a crisis that has taken decades to develop and that there are not any easy solutions for. But there are certain factors that should be addressed immediately. The following are some of the things that are contributing to the murder of self-employment and small business in America...

#1 Taxes: The IRS seems to especially enjoy tormenting entrepreneurs and small businesses. In fact, things have gotten so bad that even late night talk show hosts are joking about it. Recently, NBC Tonight Show host Jay Leno joked that if Barack Obama really wanted to close down Guantanamo Bay, he should "do what he always does: declare it a small business and tax it out of existence"

#2 Ridiculous Regulations: If you have ever tried to start a small business, you probably know how frustrating it can be dealing with government red tape. In particular, the federal government has burdened our small businesses with gigantic mountains of rules and regulations and it gets worse with each passing day.

#3 State Governments That Are Openly Hostile To Business: A perfect example of this is the state of California. In 2011, the state of California ranked 50th out of all 50 states in new business creation, and yet they just continue to pass more legislation that hurts small businesses.

#4 Obamacare: Our broken healthcare system is a tremendous burden on small businesses, and Obamacare is going to make things much worse.

#5 The One World Trade Agenda: In many industries, U.S. small businesses simply cannot compete against products made by workers that are being paid slave labor wages on the other side of the globe.

#6 Predator Corporations: Time after time we have seen corporate giants extract huge tax breaks and other enormous concessions from local officials which give them an overwhelming advantage. But once the corporate giant moves into town, many of the existing small businesses find that they cannot compete and are forced to shut down.

#7 Our Corrupt Political System: On the national level, elections are almost always won by the politician that raises the most money. Our politicians know that their careers depend on raising money, so they tend to be very good to those that they get big money from. There is a reason why big corporations spend billions of dollars on campaign contributions and lobbying. They do it because it works. Over the decades, the big corporations have been able to shift the rules of the game massively in their favor, and this has been to the detriment of entrepreneurs and small businesses.

American Small Business League: New Bill in Congress Will Boost Middle Class Jobs

Press Release

American Small Business League: New Bill in Congress Will Boost Middle Class Jobs

May 1, 2013

PETALUMA, Calif.--()--U.S. Representative Hank Johnson (R-GA) has introduced a bill in Congress that will provide a major boost to the middle class economy. The bill could be one of the most efficient and effective stimulus plans introduced to date, with the potential to create millions of new jobs.

“One of the most important challenges facing the Small Business Administration and the entire Federal Government today.”

H.R. 1622, The Fairness and Transparency in Contracting Act of 2013, will close the loopholes that allow publicly traded, foreign-owned and Fortune 1000 companies to receive federal contracts intended for small businesses. The Small Business Act of 1953 defines a small business as independently owned, thus disqualifying publicly traded companies from receiving federal small business contracts.

Since 2002, a series of federal investigations have found fraud, abuse, loopholes and a lack of oversight in federal small business contracting programs, allowing companies like Verizon, Coca-Cola, General Electric, Bank of America, Delta Air Lines, Best Buy, Disney, Rolls-Royce, British Aerospace, Italian defense giant Finmeccanica, Russian-owned arms dealer Rosoboronexport and countless others to receive contracts that are earmarked for legitimate American small businesses.

In 2005 the Small Business Administration Office of Inspector General named this issue as, “One of the most important challenges facing the Small Business Administration and the entire Federal Government today.”

While nearly every major newspaper and television network in America has covered this issue, lawmakers have failed to put an end to the rampant fraud and abuse in federal contracting. H.R. 1622, which was drafted by Rep. Johnson and the American Small Business League (ASBL), would put an immediate end to the diversion of federal small business contracts to large businesses in the U.S. and Europe.

U.S. Census Bureau data indicates that over 98 percent of all U.S. firms have less than 100 employees and these firms are responsible for over 90 percent of net new jobs in America. President Obama has repeatedly called small businesses the engine of our economy, and in 2008 he released the statement, “It is time to end the diversion of federal small business contracts to corporate giants.”

H.R. 1622 would end the diversion of small business contracts to corporate giants once and for all, and would redirect up to $100 billion annually to the 28 million small businesses that create nearly all the net new jobs in America. No new taxes or spending would be required for H.R. 1622.

The ASBL has launched a national campaign to gain support for H.R. 1622.