Beyond the $86 Million Buyout: What Else We Found in the Chamber's 990s

The Chamber received 83% of its funding in 2009 from contributors that gave $100,000 or more.

The largest contribution the U.S. Chamber received in 2009 was an $86.2 million contribution to fight health care reform.  The contribution accounted for 42% of the total contributions the U.S. Chamber took in 2009.  [US Chamber of Commerce 990; Bloomberg News, 11/17/10]

The U.S. Chamber received another 15 contributions of $1 million or more.  This represented another 13% of its total contributions.

The U.S. Chamber received another 64 contributions of between $250,000 and $1 million, which equals another 14% of their contributors.

The U.S. Chamber received another 229 contribution of between $100,000 and $250,000, which accounted for another 14% of their total.

Amount of Contribution

# of Contributions

% of contributions accounted for

$86.2 million



$1 million or more



$250,000 or more



$100,000 or more



The Health Insurance industry’s contribution masked what would have otherwise been declining contributions to the Chamber.  Without the $86.2 million infusion of cash from the insurance industry, the Chamber’s revenue from contributions would have declined by $20 million.

The Chamber’s total contributions increased by 47%, or $65,510,166 dollars from 2008 to 2009. 

However, without $86.2 million contribution to the Chamber from the health insurance industry, the Chamber’s contributions would have declined by 15%, or over $20 million.

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