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The U.S. Chamber in the news - September 6
These findings contradict that of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business interests that claimed employees would “abuse the system.” Employees ended up using less than half of the days they had accrued, according to the report.
Yet, these same business interests continue to fight paid sick days laws both on the national and local levels. Their effects have been felt in every U.S. household requiring a caregiver.
The appropriate course for Congress to take remains unclear, regardless of your political perspective. The right wing, in the form of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, shot down the Lieberman/Collins bill, citing onerous regulation, an expansion of government and interference with the open market. But in a classic case of odd bedfellows, the left wing, in the person of Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., also had issues with the cybersecurity bill, as it called for private industry and government to share potentially private information about US citizens, thus impinging on the civil rights of Americans.
Outside groups spend $37 million on TV ads in Va.
The other top-spending outside groups in Virginia are the conservative Americans for Prosperity at nearly $2.98 million; the left-leaning League of Conservation Voters at $1.37 million; and the right-leaning U.S. Chamber of Commerce at $1.09 million.
He compared the $16 million groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Crossroads GPS have raised to his campaign in 2006, when he says his total television ad budget was $6 million. While Mandel’s got big-money folks whose contributions can afford “expensive electronic billboards,” Brown said he has almost 80,000 individual contributors.
The top three spenders in 2012 include the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Realtors and General Electric. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has spent as much as $55,320,000 in 2012 to date. Increasingly, lobbyists are ensuring contributions are made from the grass roots up to influence decision makers at all stages. Lobbyists systematically build up support for their causes. They often have previous government officials joining their ranks, leveraging their understanding of how the government machine works.