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The U.S. Chamber and AIG Foundation's Multimillion Dollar Tax Fraud

In October 2010, amid a mounting scandal concerning the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s foreign fundraising practices, U.S. Chamber Watch, joined by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), Corporate Ethics International, and Main Street Alliance, filed an amended complaint with the Internal Revenue Service alleging that the U.S. Chamber may have intentionally attempted to conceal a series of transactions funneling over $18 million meant for charitable purposes from the AIG-affiliated Starr Foundation to the U.S. Chamber for use in its political advocacy.

The U.S. Chamber Fights to Protect its Richest Corporate CEOs’ Wallets

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On behalf of corporate CEOs, who would personally gain hundreds of thousands - even millions - of dollars, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has been lobbying heavily for a permanent extension of the Bush Tax Cuts for the wealthy.  The CEOs for whom the U.S. Chamber is lobbying include some of the wealthiest executives in the nation, who make tens of millions of dollars in annual income More...

The U.S. Chamber Outspends, Outshouts Average Citizens

An epic financial collapse caused by greed and fraud that throws millions out of work. Nearly 50 million Americans without health insurance. A climate crisis that threatens our children’s and grandchildren’s future. As the nation turned its attention to fixing serious problems that have festered for years, U.S. Chamber CEO Tom Donohue raised an unprecedented $100 million to fight every legislative change being debated on Capitol Hill. More...

The U.S. Chamber - Driven By an Elite Corporate Agenda

The U.S. Chamber is leading the fight against Wall Street reform. It would allow companies to keep incentives that reward excessive risk-taking and short-term profiteering. It fights reforms that would make executive compensation more transparent, financial statements more reliable and accounting fraud more difficult to conceal. And it has waged a decade-long campaign to roll back the corporate accounting reforms contained in the post-Enron Sarbanes-Oxley Act. More...

The U.S. Chamber - A Multi-Million Dollar Shell Game

Health Care diagramIn the late summer of 2009, with the health care reform debate heating up, ads began appearing all over the country attacking the legislation. Months later, the National Journal revealed that major insurers including Aetna, Cigna, Humana, UnitedHealth Group and WellPoint had funneled between $10 million and $20 million to the U.S. Chamber to fund the campaign. Meanwhile, America’s Health Insurance Plans, the industry trade association, continued to public voice support for reform. More...

The U.S. Chamber vs the Facts

It’s not often that a high-ranking official in any administration or political party feels compelled to single out a lobbying organization for lying. But earlier this year, Deputy Treasurer Secretary Neal S. Wolin strode into a U.S. Chamber luncheon and condemned his host for its $3-million campaign to defeat financial reform. More...

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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.