Transforming the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
By Mark Dowie
Why do we criticize people for doing what they were hired to do? Take Thomas J. Donohue, for example. Day after day the poor guy gets pummeled by Washington non-profits and mainstream media for doing his job.
Why should Mr. Donohue be rebuked for this very abbreviated list if those tasks were handed to him in 1997, when he began serving as CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, whose core mission was then, and still is, “to advance human progress through an economic, political, and social system based on individual freedom, incentive, initiative, opportunity, and responsibility?”
How the Chamber of Commerce serves the Republican Party
By Lou Dubose
Is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, like the NRA, an ancillary to the Republican Party? Consider.
At this point in the 2016 election cycle, the nation’s most powerful corporate lobby has spent $9,013,702 in support of Republicans and $7,639,325 in opposition to Democratic candidates.
The largest recipient of chamber cash has been Senator Pat Toomey, the Pennsylvania Republican in a dead heat with his Democratic challenger Katie McGinty. The chamber has contributed $1,908,300 to Toomey, and put $1,797,950 into a campaign attacking McGinty.
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