‘Misguided’ & ‘Lane’ Launch Ahead of President’s State of The Union Address

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Edge Project, a coalition of two dozen domestic organizations, today launched a new ad campaign ahead of the President’s State of the Union Address. The ads feature small business advocates sharing the vital role American tech companies play in the success of our main street economy. The first ad, “Misguided,” calls out Congress for an agenda that would “weaken American technology” and “threaten jobs.” The second spot, “Lane,” highlights personal testimony from an advocate who cautions Washington about “laws that will make our economy more dependent on China for the technology we use every day.” The campaign will launch ahead of the President’s speech and run on television and digital in targeted markets around the country.

“Small businesses in this country rely on America’s tech companies to access customers and provide services,” said Doug Kelly, CEO of American Edge. “Congress should avoid legislation that empowers foreign competitors at the expense of domestic industry, Main Street businesses across the country are depending on them.”

Watch “Misguided” here.

Watch “Lane” here.



Every day, I work with small businesses in my community, helping them grow and create jobs.

American technology empowers Main Street businesses to innovate and reach their customers through social media and online advertising.

But some politicians in Washington are pushing new laws that will weaken American technology…

…threaten jobs in our community…

…and make our economy more dependent on China.

This misguided agenda will leave small businesses behind.

Congress needs to protect, not weaken American technology.



Helping small businesses in my community thrive and grow is my passion.

During the pandemic, I’ve seen how American technology and online tools saved small businesses by keeping them connected to their customers.

But some politicians are pushing new laws that will make our economy more dependent on China for the technology we use every day.

That’s bad for small business and it’s bad for America’s future.

Washington needs to protect not weaken American technology.



The American Edge Project is a coalition of domestic organizations representing a cross-section of U.S. innovators who are dedicated to telling the story about technology’s positive influence on America’s economy and the vital role innovation plays in our society. Former New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, former U.S. Representative Chris Carney, and former Federal Election Commission Chairman Bradley A. Smith are directors of the American Edge Project. Former White House Counterterrorism and Homeland Security Advisor Frances Townsend leads the Project’s National Security Advisory Board. Former U.S. Senators Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) and Kent Conrad (D-ND) serve as Co-Chairs of the Project’s Economic Advisory Board. Former U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and former U.S. Representative Greg Walden (R-OR) serve as Co-Chairs of the Project’s Open & Accessible Internet Advisory Board. Visit AmericanEdgeProject.org for more information.