2010 Score Card: Who the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Really Represents
After a historically bad year for the Chamber last year, 2010 did nothing but further tarnish its credibility as the voice for American business. The Chamber’s record this year shows that its agenda has been dictated by CEOs who write it the biggest checks, even when that places it at odds with the interests the small businesses that it claims make up 96% of its membership. On issue after issue in the first half of 2010, the Chamber clearly sided with big business and big CEOs.
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...
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Leading the Charge in Electing a Republican Congress by U.S. Chamber Watch, November 2010
"The story of the 2010 midterm elections is the overwhelming effect of coordinated outside money on the electoral process. The leader in outside spenders – and the primary vehicle through which corporations laundered their political spending – was the United States Chamber of Commerce. The U.S. Chamber occupied a central strategic role in the Republican victories on election night, helping to organize the initial activity of the pro-Republican outside groups in the election, and promising to spend $75 million – of which only about $32 million was reported – executing the agreed-upon plan." link
After receiving applause for my question, Google’s head lawyer David Drummond – who was helping Page to answer questions – responded that the company’s membership in the U.S. Chamber is something senior leadership debates a lot. He added that while there are some things that the U.S. Chamber is good for, there is a lot of stuff it does that Google doesn’t agree with.
He concluded by saying that, “while we are members for now, it’s something that we do review.”