A Chamber #Fail in its First Round of Attack Ads, While Calls for Google to Leave Chamber Continue

Your turkey leftovers may be almost gone but the U.S. Chamber is getting stuffed with critique this week.

A Gaggle of Misleading Ads: The U.S. Chamber’s first ad buy of the 2012 election cycle, attacking a handful of Senate Democrats, had several inaccuracies, according to Politico, the Huffington Post, and Factcheck.org:

  • Chamber Ad Misspelled Senator’s Name. Politico reported that while baselessly attacking Democratic Senator Jon Tester of Montana, a Chamber ad misspelled the Senator’s name.
  • Chamber Accused of Altering Images in Ad Attacking Ohio Dem Senator Brown. Amanda Terkel of Huffington Post reported that the Chamber deceived viewers in its recent ad attacking Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio. According to Terkel, Brown’s wife posted on Facebook, and said the Chamber “altered images of Sherrod to make him look dark and unshaven,” and added that the ad “was funded by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce…we are not afraid, not one little bit.”
  • Chamber Used Photo of Turn-of-the-Century Ghost Town to Depict Current Job Loss in MT. According to Politico, in the same ad attacking Tester, the U.S. Chamber used a stock photo of “an actual Montana ghost town” where “jobs were lost more than a century ago” in claiming that the Senator could cause more job losses today.
  • Chamber Ad Claims Called “Dubious” by UPenn’s Factcheck.org. And the Chamber did not escape a lashing by the renowned FactCheck.org, at the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania.  FactCheck.org called out the Chamber’s “dubious” claims, including the assertion that Tester supported “government-run health care” - a concept which FactCheck.org considered the “lie of the year” in 2010. The organization also said there was “not a lot of truth” to the charge that Tester favored “rising health insurance costs” or that he might cause fear of “high unemployment” calling that claim a “real stretch” because “Montana’s unemployment rate is actually well below the national average.”

A Petition of Grav(y) Importance - Amassing Online Support for Google to Quit the Chamber: Yesterday, the organization SumOfUs launched a website petition, www.googlequitthechamber.org, encouraging Google to quit the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The company already announced it was mulling a spilt from the Chamber and this petition pleads, “The Chamber’s policies are evil. Google - Don’t be evil.” The petition offers visitors “49 reasons for Google to quit the Chamber,” pegging their record on many issues from civil rights, to financial reform, to LGBT rights to partisanship. Visitors can choose to “+1” their reasons presented in pairs of two. 

Just In

Whose opportunity does U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue talk about when he talks about opportunity?

The Chamber’s policies might give the largest corporations the opportunity to grow, but that is often not the same thing as growth and opportunity for the American people. After-tax corporate profits in the third quarter topped 11 percent of GDP for the first time since the records started in 1947. But everyday Americans aren’t doing so well, with real median household income declining 4.4 percent since 2009.

When the Chamber opposes increasing minimum wages to coincide with growth in productivity and the economy overall, one must ask whose growth and opportunity the Chamber is pushing for.