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Public Interest Group Blasts Chamber Of Commerce Lobbyists

June 4, 2010 by  

Public interest group blasts Chamber of Commerce lobbyistsGiven many Americans’ disappointment with big businesses such as Wall Street banks and oil companies, a watchdog group has called on Congress to stop meeting with all lobbyists employed by the United States Chamber of Commerce.

According to StopTheChamber.com, an organization dedicated to corporate accountability, these lobbyists are trying to influence both legislation and congressional elections.

It cited the chamber’s statement issued last month in which the latter strongly opposes the recently introduced DISCLOSE Act because the act would restrict the ability of corporations to secretly fund election ads.

Spokesman and attorney for StopTheChamber.com, Kevin Zeese, said that the chamber plans to spend at least $50 million to help elect candidates in November who support business interests.

"This constitutes a gross abuse of our democratic system, and we have called for a wide ranging criminal investigation into the chamber’s money laundering activities to expose the extent of its secret funding and determine whether its payouts constitute bribery," he added.

A recent CBS News report cited lobbying records as showing that in the two years leading up to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, British Petroleum hired 12 lobbying firms and paid them $32 million to press its agenda in Congress, at the White House and at some 14 Federal agencies. ADNFCR-1961-ID-19814114-ADNFCR

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  • KELLI2L

    Regarding the Chamber of Commerce – -
    I always used to think they were a plus to our state conditions – until – they backed illegal immigration (back in the Bush administration period) and continuing now. By backing illegal immigration they were benefitting the corporations who wanted cheaper laborers – but hurting American citizens….Basically in my opinion – they sold their souls….

    I fully agree that we need to stop listening to Lobbyists altogether and listen more to what the citizens need and want….

    • Al Sieber

      You’re right there, it’s a little known fact that they’re backing the illegals, and this is for cheap labor only. we need to put a end to these lobbyists.

    • DEBR ANDERSON

      Their AL representative tried her best to convince me that they were not for amnesty for the illegals here already but when I came back at her that I knew they were she then started her “but these are just good people” spill. I invited her to leave immediately and told her that these “good people” are lawbreakers, no more and no less, as soon as they sprint across our border without permission. Legal US citizens are not allowed to pick and choose which laws they will abide by and which they won’t so why are these “good people” allowed to? Maybe we should all just refuse to pay speeding or parking tickets just because we don’t want to.

  • s c

    If the Chamber of Commerce herd is behind the ‘need’ for having illegals in America, then we must see them for the SLIME they are, and do to them what they want to do to us.
    The Chamber has sold itself to the highest bidder. Gut and rip the Chamber apart, and use its rotting, stinking carcass as a motivational tool to rip and gut the rest of the bastard lobbyists in Washington.

    • Claire

      s c — You are blunt, but I certainly agree with you.

  • william thompson

    I have had written “conversations” with several different people at the USCoC website. They have consistently sung the same song of how necessary it is to import a cheap source of labour. Since the unemployment levels of US citizens has risen, they have stopped any reply to any questions I pose through CONTACT US. As a businessman, every time they ask for money, they are told they do not represent our business. They may be solidly anti-union, but that might just be a Turf War issue. Their ends appear to be only self serving.

  • Claire

    The present Chamber of Commerce are not what they seem to be either. They are also on my list of “distrustful” people/organizations.

  • eddie47d

    Their name is a misnomer and their political ads are disgusting.

  • http://gmail i41

    Why do you think the fining of companies hiring illegals is not enforced. There is no threat of that happening or worried about its enforcement because the fact, most heads of corporations and businesses, are Congressional relatives or related to someone in Washington. Wal-Mart is now backing cap and trade and green energy BS. Why, over the past several years, more liberals are taking over the head positions and sitting on the board of directors. Hillary was on the board for yearsd as well as most of Willie’s staff and department heads are even now on the boards. They are just following the socialist marxist plan. I’ll only shop with private stores and patornize businesses that sell all or mostly USA goods and products. I will not break them, but all you have to do is point out to others what a unffriendly store Wal-Mart is to the country and their shoppers, they really are. Chamber started out OK but went to hell, the longer they get more PC ed.

  • http://PersonalLibertyDigest Randy

    If you are ‘REALLY’ worried about the Chamber’s plans to use money in the up-coming elections, that you say “is a gross abuse of our democratic system”, then why don’t you hypocrites look at the ‘Unions’
    which in the last elections spent not millions, but billions on the candidates that they wanted, but I hear nothing of them from you even though they are a bigger lobyist group then the ‘Chamber’. Is it because the Unions backed all the liberal candidates while the Chamber wants to back the conservative candidates? The Unions have proven to be a thousand times worst than the Chamber when it comes to influencing our elections with special funding, yet you pick only the Chamber as ‘THE’ culprit of this despicable, aggrieviant method of free speech. Can you spell ‘HYPOCRITE’? If you don’t understand this, get out your dictionary, I spelled it for you!

    • HeadOutOfSandintoHell

      Randy, the reason we are discussing the Chamber of Commerce is because that was the item mentioned in the above article. Personally, I could give a darn about any lobbist group. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure there may actually be a few decent ones still around. The problem at present is to many big voices are overpowering the cry of all the little voices. When there are so many american people out of work the last thing we need is these weasels saying we need more cheap labor from across the border. Since you mentioned Unions, yes there lobbyist power is overwhelming. But if you haven’t noticed they are losing traction. Illegals aren’t unionized, illegals hurt the unions too. Everything is way out of kilter in the good ole’ USA. Blame everyone and everything, the lobbying groups, the unions, religion, environmentalist, etc… I’m open for any real answers to all the problems of the government. But maybe we should start at home and teach proper ethics, american history, world history , and american government to our youth. I can’t believe some of the things that are taught today. I thought it was bad when I was in school now it’s even worse. Good Luck to us all, we’re going to need it.

  • http://GOGGLE vaksal

    A LAW SHOULD BE PROPOSED NATIONWIDE AND VOTED ON BY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE,THAT LOBBIST BE BANNNED FROM EVEN TALKING TO ELECTED OFFICALS,INSTEAD THEY SHOULD BE PUT IN FRONT OF A CITIZENS REVEIW BOARD,ELECTED BY THE PEOPLE IN EACH STATE TO REVEIW ANY REQUEST THEY SUBMIT ,AND THEY SHALL SERVE NO MORE THAN ONE YEAR,WITH 4 ALTERNATES,TO REPLACE THEM AT END OF SERVICE,AND ALL THOSE PEOPLE,SHOULD BE VOTED FOR AT ELECTION TIME AS NOT TO WASTE MONEY ON SPECIAL ELECTIONS,JUST A THOUGHT,FOR FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND IT WAS DONE DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR TO CONTROL ANY FROM TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND IT WORKED WELL,BUT MAYBE I MAY BE WRONG,BUT IT WOULD PUT AN END TO THESE LOBBIST USING OR ELECTED OFFICALS AS PAWNS IN THEIR AGENDAS.

  • http://GOGGLE vaksal

    PS I FORGOT THE UNITED STATES SHOULD BE BROKEN INTO THREE ZONES,THE EASTERN ZONE,THE MIDDLE WEST,AND THE WESTERN ZONE AS TO GIVE EACH ZONE SAY ON THIS COMMISSION,AND IF CONGRESS PASSES ANY LAW THAT DOES NOT MEET WITH THE APROVAL OF ANY STATE IN THAT ZONE,THE STATE IN THAT ZONE WILL HAVE THE WRITE TO VOTE ON WHAT THEY DEMAND(THE CITIZENS OF THAT STATE.

  • http://gmail i41

    First ban all federal personal from ever being a lobbyist, if in an elected office of any type, they are banned for the rest of their lives of serving on any government board or lobbying any office holder. It would cure a lot of problems!

  • BH Davis

    Like all groups, even AARP who sold all of us seniors out with their approval of healthcare takeover, their excuse is that “it’s whats best for us”-beware anyone from the government or lobby or union or anyone who says that-some of the chamber has crossed the line. I agree that no senator or respresentative should be allowed to lobby after leaving office because they are too familiar with congress and how it works. I see nothing wrong with trying to get your point across to this liberal house and senate because they don’t listen to anyone that writes, calls, protests, but I bet they will change in November’s election. I want term limits for the house and senate and they and all federal employees should have to have the same insurance that we have and they can’t give bonuses or raises when we are in the kind of economy we have now. I also liked the guy who says he’s only buying from private small business and “made in America” merchandise. Daily we send more money to China because Walmart and other retailers get their merchandise from there. We need tariffs on their imports as they have on ours. Amnesty should never be an option on the table in this 12 million or more illegals with some of them from countries on terror lists, etc. If you’ve ever watched “Dirty Jobs” Americans will do jobs that people try to say Americans won’t do..That’s crap-an
    American will work if there is a job available and companies who hire an illegal should be fined and even jailed and that would stop a lot of illegals coming in too. Build the fence-stop the flow-send as many home as possible, and then ones with babies born here can get in line and become citzens of America, not Mexicfornia flying their flag over ours, etc. First things first-immigration agencies should finish the job and give legal immigrants their citizenship first…

  • http://gmail i41

    Don’t forget AARP just couldn’t say enough great things about the muslim socialist phony. AARP got all giddy about OMORN and his great understanding and caring group of terrorist thugs. Hope those simple bastards still get a thrill over the communist!

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