Feeling comfortable after a recent, favorable State Department draft review of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline, business groups are focusing efforts on the local level to solidify support for the project. … The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will arm its extensive network of local chapters with material to beat back “misinformation” from Keystone opponents, Matt Letourneau, a spokesman with the Chamber's Institute for 21st Century Energy, told The Hill.
BOSTON (Reuters) - One of the most powerful U.S. business groups is seeking support from mutual fund firms for proposals that could rein in the influence of proxy advisory firms, but it is meeting resistance from some money managers. More...
The second court decision, in Van Hollen v. FEC earlier this year, requires nonprofits that make electioneering communications to disclose donors of $1,000 or more. In response to that decision from the U.S. District Court, many groups that otherwise might have made electioneering communications chose to make independent expenditures instead. A notable example: the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Before this year, the Chamber had never made an independent expenditure, despite spending tens of millions on ads in 2010. After Van Hollen, the organization's president, Thomas Donohue, said the Chamber would "have a vigorous, unchanged election program." Since then, the Chamber has made only independent expenditures, totaling nearly $8 million. (Note: Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals overturned the lower court's decision in the Van Hollen case; the implication for spending on electioneering communications for the rest of this cycle is uncertain). [Open Secrets]
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is hammering Maine independent candidate Angus King and Democratic incumbents in Montana and Ohio in a new round of ads designed to help Republicans grab control of the Senate. The ads, which begin airing Tuesday, focus on King’s fiscal record as governor, criticize Montana Sen. Jon Tester on health care and energy and weigh in against Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown for his votes on energy. Tester and Brown have been top targets of the Chamber for months as the nation’s largest business lobbying group has spent tens of millions of dollars in some eight Senate races and dozens of House contests. [The Washington Post]
Today, the U.S. Chamber’s Small Business Summit magic show continues with a rally on Capitol Hill. On Monday, the Chamber’s top lobbyist Bruce Josten and his partisan cohorts including “Not Meant to Be a Factual Statement” Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) introduced a bill that they said would start “chipping away at ObamaCare.” The bill, the Small Business Health Relief Act, co-sponsored by U.S. More...
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.”