A watchdog group has reiterated its plea that the FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) investigate the U.S. Chamber of Commerce following an insider's allegation of fraud and recent accusations involving the group's use of foreign aid to help fund conservative political campaigns.
StopTheChamber.com spokesman and attorney Kevin Zeese urged immediate action from Federal officials because of corroborating allegations against the Chamber that have been made by different sources. In August, a Chamber insider compared the organization's CEO, Tom Donahue, to Jack Abramoff, Michael Scanlon and Bernie Madoff, who have been the center of high-profile corruption cases in recent years.
"The criminal allegations against the Chamber have now reached critical mass and Federal officials must take immediate action to protect companies, shareholders, citizens and elections," Zeese said.
International Business Times reports that Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) recently called for an investigation of the Chamber as well, following a report on the ThinkProgress website alleging that the organization has used fees and donations from foreign affiliates to help fund its political campaign.
On CBS's Face the Nation on Oct. 10, President Barack Obama's adviser David Axelrod recommended that the Chamber disclose its donor list to put the controversy to rest. According to FOX News, Obama has scaled back his rhetoric regarding the allegations against the Chamber. During a rally on Oct. 7, the President said the organization was paying for GOP campaign ads while taking money from "foreign corporations." Two days later, Obama said the Republican Party is being helped by "special interest groups."
He suggested the aid could be coming from oil and insurance companies.