Friday, February 14, 2014

Chamber of Commerce gets most of its $169B in campaign donations from just 64 donors

The Chamber's interest in jobs is outsourcing them. 
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce isn't getting as much attention as it used to, mostly because its attempt to turn America into a feudal serfdom has been dwarfed by the Koch brothers and their greedy billionaire cohorts. But Public Citizen recently shone a light on the Chamber's activities recently, and it's worth taking a look.

Public Citizen issued a report that shows more than half of the Chamber's $169.4 million in political contributions came from just 64 donors in 2012.

The Chamber claims it represents "the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions. Our members range from mom-and-pop shops and local chambers to leading industry associations and large corporations."

That just isn't true. The Chamber is primarily a front group for multinational corporations. It not only has directors who represent domestic multinational corporations that have sent hundreds of thousands of American jobs overseas, it actually has directors who represent foreign multinationals from Ireland, Switzerland, Germany, Bermuda, Belfium, the U.K. and the Netherlands.

Several years ago, there was a controversy over the possibility the Chamber was using foreign money to influence elections. It actually has an office in india where it helps U.S. companies outsource good American jobs to that country. 

The Chamber hasn't met a corporate-empowering, job-killing trade deal it hasn't loved. And guess where the Chamber stands on Fast Track...