In the upcoming days, the Republican leadership will produce its legislative agenda for the 112th Congress, an agenda they’ve already started planning. It wasn’t hard for them to create this agenda: the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which pledged to spend more than $75 million in anonymous corporate money to influence this fall’s elections, provided an agenda for them, driven by and for the sixteen companies that provide more than half of the U.S. Chamber’s contributions. More...
Since 2009, nearly 60 local Chambers of Commerce have publicly denounced or canceled their membership to the U.S. Chamber, citing the national organization's extreme positions. For a printable list of these organizations and their statements CLICKHERE.
In 2010, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched an ad campaign in the nation’s capital attacking proposed legislation requiring that political ads disclose the names of the anonymous corporations and trade associations that bankroll them. The ad claims the Democracy is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending on Elections (DISCLOSE) Act (H.R. 5175 and S. 3295) would violate the First Amendment by silencing corporate free speech.
BP spent hundreds of millions of dollars over the past decade burnishing its “Beyond Petroleum” image, partnering with the National Wildlife Federation to sell stuffed bears in BP gas stations and making minor investments in solar energy. But the disastrous explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, which cost 11 workers their lives and brought the region’s environment to the brink of ruin, has exposed more than its regulation-flouting drilling behavior.
The "JOBS" sign on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce headquarters: window dressing for the Chamber's empty jobs policy.
“...There are legitimate values in outsourcing...” --U.S. Chamber CEO Tom Donohue, CNN Transcripts, February 2004
The U.S. Chamber has called for the creation of 20 million jobs by 2020. Unfortunately, the Chamber has shown far less concern for the jobs that American workers already have, consistently backing overseas outsourcing, even in the face of massive recession, surging unemployment and layoffs. More...
Health insurance costs have steadily mushroomed for three decades. Yet over the past year the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which purports to represent 3 million businesses (but in fact represents 10% of that number, at most), did everything in its power to defeat reform. More...
To date, the U.S. Chamber has spent millions to derail rules to prevent the next financial meltdown and continues to fight the Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation passed in 2010. On behalf of the largest Wall Street banks and corporations, the Chamber repeatedly pushed congress to weaken plans to protect consumers from predatory practices and restore rules that would make massive bailouts less likely in the future. More...
The U.S. Chamber works tirelessly on behalf of the CEOs of big banks and insurance companies to thwart limits on executive pay. The Chamber's campaign to enrich failed CEOs at the expense of their corporations and shareholders flies in the face of overwhelming investor and public support for scaling back executive paychecks.
How can you tell that momentum is building for change?
Well, one good sign is that the opposition starts getting nervous about your progress.
That’s why we took it as a positive sign that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently stepped up attacks on shareholders who attempt to make companies disclose political spending.
Earlier this month, I attended an almost comical presentation at the U.S. Chamber headquarters where speakers spent most of a four hour event attacking political spending disclosure resolutions as being bad for business.
I say ‘almost’ comical because, while much of the information is laughably wrong, the subject matter is far too important to joke about.
There are a number of things wrong with what I heard at this event, but I’d like to focus on two disturbing claims in particular.
The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy recently released a report that confirmed a fact many small business groups already know to be true: small businesses are leading the nation’s economic recovery. Green For All is one of the groups that has seen this first-hand. We have worked for years to support small green businesses with the skills and resources needed to create new jobs while improving our environment. We know from experience that small businesses are America’s principal drivers on the road to economic recovery. It is these businesses that are, time and time again, the most capable at fostering local community resilience in times of economic hardship.
Today, the U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce ( http://www.uswcc.org ) calls on congressional leaders to reject the Ryan Budget as wrong for the future of America, and pledges to take the case to protect the economic future of women to every community.