ABC celebrates its grassroots efforts to re-elect President George W. Bush.

WASHINGTON - The Associated Builders and Contractors are enthusiastic about the re-election of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.

According to the group, the re-election of President Bush was one of the association's No. 1 priorities for 2004. ABC led a nationwide grassroots election program in critical "swing" states to help Bush get re-elected.

"This is an historic victory for those who support free enterprise," said Kirk Pickerel, ABC president and CEO. "The record turnout of voters for President Bush and Vice President Cheney is an enormous testament to the success of the intensive grassroots get-out-the-vote efforts that ABC and other organizations conducted nationwide."

ABC's 2004 national chairwoman, Carole L. Bionda, raised more than $190,000 from ABC members nationwide to contribute towards Bush's re-election campaign. The group's political action committee also donated more than $1.7 million during the 2004 election season. The organization distributed 900,000 voter guides nationwide and used e-mail to encourage members to get involved.

"We are also gratified by the election of strong free-enterprise advocates in the U.S. Congress such as senators John Thune of South Dakota and Richard Burr of North Carolina, and Representatives Geoff Davis of Kentucky and Pete Sessions of Texas," said Pickerel. "The American people have clearly expressed their support for the values, policies and legislative priorities of these individuals who will work in Congress to address the needs of small businesses and their employees."