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Watchdog Group Calls For Federal Investigation Of Chamber Of Commerce — Again

October 15, 2010 by  

Watchdog group calls for Federal investigation of Chamber of Commerce — againA 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. 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.

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  • s c

    OK, I’m sold. If Minnesota’s gift to Washington, His Omniscience (Al Franken), smells something amiss, then it’s got to be true. No doubt, the Chamber’s complete guilt will be proven via the Napoleonic Code, and every member of the C of C will be promptly sent to the nearest concentration camp(s). Go get ‘em, Big Al! Keep the Fatherland pure!

    • Robert Smith

      Shucks s c…

      Do you object to the names of the donors coming to light?

      Why blame the one asking the questions?


      • REM1875

        One thing the clinton taught us was never to give doners names unless you think they need an IRS audit- and to think the Democrats wanted to impeach Nixon over even THINKING of using the IRS on ONE of his enemies.

      • http://?? Joe H.

        I will agree with you if and when Nobama, Clintoon, and all the former libby winers expose their donor lists as well. If and when they are found as guilty as the chamber then they serve as much time as the chamber!!! sound good to you???

      • Craig

        The last time the Chamber gave out names. Those supporters got threatened and harassed buy liberal loons an SEIU scumbags. I say if the dimbulb dems want those names they must promise those supporters will not be threatened or harassed by SEIU or any other libturd. If any of them get harassed, Oidiot. Pelosi and Reid all must publicly commit seppeku.

        • Jana

          If anyone supports conservativism the lefty libs want to do an investigation. Why? For intimidation of course. This is what the left does best, intimidate. They are bullies.

          • Kinetic1

            Tell you what, let’s let the legitimate Donors, those who are based in America keep their secret. The real question here is whether or not the Camber is using money from foreign individuals, corporations or Governments to advance any candidates. I for one do not want other governments choosing our leaders (though I know many of you believe that President Obama got in that way. ) It’s bad enough that we let Rupert Murdoch own a TV news source (and I use that term loosely) here in the US.

          • Jana

            Shoot, just about every politician we have probably got in that way.
            Of course we think Obama got in that way! DUH!
            I think all ‘donations’ outside of the US ought to be outlawed. But it won’t. Every country is in every other country’s business now days. That is why it is so important for us to get back to our original constitution.
            Makes me wonder how much money Mexico has donated to our liberal Congressmen and even our pretend Pres. That would explain why they want open borders.

          • eddie47d

            Jana, The U.S.Bahrain Business Council pays $100,000 a year to belong to the Chamber of Commerce. India pays $200,000 Russia,Egypt,AbuDhabi,Saudi Arabia,China,Brazil and others belong to the Chamber. They fight to keep the right to outsource jobs all over the world. The Chamber also fights any laws to keep jobs in America. Is that anti-American? Fox payed them 1 million so can they be a fair news source? Aetna Ins. has given them 20 million on top of their $100,00 yearly dues. What are they up to?I smell a skunk!

      • Carole Howell

        S C Robert is probably all for foreign money financing the Republicans coming back into power, maybe to him it is all about his side winning and is not thinking of the consequences of such a win.

        • http://naver sook young

          What about Clinton getting money from China and this president getting money from arab nations in the Middle East? Can you tell me why this is OK and not for anyong else? I thought that getting donations from different countries was illegal. Has this changed? If you attack one side, you should hold the other to the same standards right? This president, like others, gets no free ride and must obey the law. Thank you.

          Sook Young
          Wife of the Samurai
          Vote November 2!

    • Shar

      Let’s review – The guy that “helped B.O. & M.O. buy their home” in Chicago is IN JAIL. The Clintons hid $800,000 of income in their FOUNDATION and got caught and had to pay taxes. Geithner didn’t pay his TAXES. Rangel didn’t pay his TAXES. Waters – well she speaks for herself LOL!! SEIU and ACORN (all those nuts – pun intended) bought and paid for B.O.’s election!! So take a chill pill, jopa.
      When SEIU comes clean about 2008 – THEN the Chamber should come clean and ONLY THEN. (SUBSTITUTE THUGS FOR SEIU IF YOU SO CHOOSE)

  • Doc Sarvis

    If the Chamber of Commerce is taking money from foreign sources I think Americans should know that; and we should also know on what basis that money is being given.

    • Robert S

      The Chamber of Commerce is all for Amnesty for Illegal Aliens. Don’t feel sorry for them. They are another arm of gov’t.

      • DavidL

        They are a branch of the RNC trying to take over the government and more firmly establish their multinational corporate plutocracy.OMG, foreign money calling the tune.

        All donors, from all sides, must be revealed now.

        • Robert Smith

          From DavidL: “All donors, from all sides, must be revealed now.”

          There is an excellent idea. Let the PEOPLE decide if it is kosher or not.


          • DavidL

            Amen, Robert.

            I think when we see who is giving money, how much, and to whom, public finance of all elections should be the correct public policy response. Why should billionaires, and or corporate “bought and paid for” puppet candidates, be the only ones who can afford to run for office?

        • http://?? Joe H.

          you will never see that happen under this president! He is just as guilty as the chamber of commerce in taking donations from questional sources and we All know lady Klintoon did!!

          • DavidL

            We probably won’t see it in our lifetime, if ever. What a shame. Good buy middle class and the American Dream!

          • http://naver sook young

            Can anyone on this site tell me what has to be done to really secure our middle class and not let it disappear? Thank you.

            Sook Young
            Wife of the Samurai
            Vote November 2!

          • http://?? Joe H.

            sook young,
            most importantly vote in true conservatives! People that believe in smaller government and less control over peoples lives!!!

          • http://?? Joe H.

            sook young,
            I forgot to ask, how is samurai doing? I sincerely hope he is better as we need all our patriots well and able!!! God Bless you both!!

          • Jana

            Hey, is Samurai sick or what? I will be praying for him.

          • http://naver sook young

            He has pneumonia. He’s expected to be released this weekend. Thank you for asking.

            Sook Young
            Wife of the Samurai
            Vote November 2!

      • Gerald Sills

        Thank you, Robert, for you hit the nail on the head, and the real gripe that I have with the Chamber of Commerce. They, and the elites are the very ones driving this invasion of the United States in order to create a Socialist nation which the people will not be able to control. Just look at the nations of Europe: those citizens do not control their governments, and they have no Freedom, and now they have no Security. Our Founders were very knowledgeable, intelligent, and understood the basis of evil leaders, and this is why we are a Republic, not a damn Communist Democracy. Thank you for the input, for you are right on the money.,

    • ValDM

      Odumbo and the DNC claiming the Chamber is using foreign money to fund conservative ad campaigns is a whole lot like the pot calling the kettle black. When the DNC discloses, then the Chamber will.

      • momo

        And I suppose George Soros is an American citizen? Both sides take foreign money, the only reason the Democrats are crying is because they’re going to get their backsides kicked in November.

    • alpha-lemming

      Dang!!! Where were you when Charlie Tree was running amok in SE Asia??

      AND… if the red Chinese are underwriting ~10% of the government, doesn’t that make Chairman ObaMao beholden to them?? I think we need an investigation there. More than just allegations…. there’s a paper trail that’s REAL easy to find.

    • Craig

      Yeah right and the chocolate Marxist must release all the names of the foreign contributors he has gotten.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      FIRST let Nobama reveal his and Lady Klintoon reveal hers!!! TRUE ACCOUNTS, TOO!!!!

  • edoyle7

    Poppy Cock, this wasn’t insider info. This was Axlerod throwing it agianst the wall to see if it will stick. It won’t period. Glen Beck started a fund raiser and flooded the CoC with money. This is a non-story and won’t get any traction.

  • http://com i41

    This so called watch dog group, are they funded by G Sorus. We know the The National Marxist Democrat Communist Party and all of its radical smuck socialist groups are. Axel weed is just another socialist compulive liar. Of course all dumbocraps love a oratorty compulsive pathalogical liars, for decades. Wilson, FDR, JFK, Nixon(a Rino) Johnson, Clinton, and now the overeducated purple lipped muslim moron -remium dork of the Marxist Democrat Party, Onumnutts and his radical communist smucks the jock strap lying democrats!

  • jimmimax

    i41 love your comment, did you know that this dirtbag nobama and rham use to go to the biggest queer bath house in shitcago, now tell me honestly, how many straight guys do you know that go to queer bath houses? I sthis why he want queers in the military?

  • K. D. M.

    The watch dog group is lying. They are doing this for obama and his minions. They are trying to discredit Republicians because they have nothing to run on in the midterm elections. The socialist democrats need to be fully investigated for fraud, tax evasion, violations of the Constitution of the United States etc. Republicians are not perfict, but the democrats are super corrupt. They will lie, cheat and steal to win this November’s election. They have dead people voting for them along with illegals. Do not trust them, they have a ton of dirty inderhanded tricks to play.

  • Warrior

    The reformer crooks in washington make the laws. Why would anyone be surprised? When you elect me for office I will guarantee and demand full transparency (of my opponent of course).

  • FlaJim

    Of the $100-million of the chamber’s annual operating account, $100,000 are dues from foreign corporations. That’s 1/10th of 1% for the mathematically challenged.

    This is a perfect opportunity for a bad writer and evil clown (never a comedian) like Al Franken.

  • dahni uru

    All political donations should be open/transparent. That is not required by current laws; so anyone that obeys the laws must be legally accepted in terms of such disclosure. I’m just as interested in a full disclosure of those backing the ‘’ group! I’ve just started my research, and would like to know more about it’s founders and where it gets its funds.


    Is there any chance that the libs will finnish investigating or even attempt to investigate all the allegations with well based evidence against their Deemres and the Uncredentialed?……Well in November if the ongoing Deemer prosecution negotiations pleas do not go well with the RINO’s and the Real Republicans regain the congress, we may see that all change to court overload.

  • eddie47d

    What goes around comes around! You’ve been barking at Obama since day one and I guess the DNC has finally got tired of it. The Republicans got their feelings hurt two years ago and are licking their wounds through revenge. Now the Democrats are biting back.The Chamber of Commerce is sometimes up to no good so the Democrats found an opening. The Republicans do it all the time too and seem to relish it when they are on the attacking side. Like all campaign finance reform issues the right will also shove this issue under the rug.It will come to nothing and disappear faster than the 8 minutes on the Watergate tapes.

    • Craig

      Biting back with false allegations? That is biting back in your pea brain? You are delusional and an idiot.

      • smilee

        Craig says:
        October 16, 2010 at 1:18 am

        Prove they are false!! We both know you do not know that. The democrats tried to get a transparency law through but the republicans blocked it in the senate. What is it they do not want us to know and the Chamber of Commerce with rare exception supports republicans and that’s were these corporate groups are now spending their money on. Where there is smoke there is also fire if you look for it but of course you have to want to find the fire before you will look for it!!

        • http://?? Joe H.

          yeah, they tried to get one through AFTER their guy had used it and were afraid that the opposition might be able to use it to unseat them!!!

          • s c

            Joe H, I don’t know about you, but my experience tells me that the current herd of socialists, communists, fascists and progressives will do anything to get what they want.
            The main trick at the moment is to ‘talk’ about HOPE and CHANGE and TRANSPARENCY, but do NOTHING to define those terms or act like they ever gave a DAMN. They are what they are [subhuman, America-hating trash].

          • http://?? Joe H.

            That is very true, indeed!!!

    • Mick

      eddie47d says:
      October 15, 2010 at 8:20 pm
      What goes around comes around! You’ve been barking at Obama since day one and I guess the DNC has finally got tired of it. The Republicans got their feelings hurt two years ago and are licking their wounds through revenge. Now the Democrats are biting back.The Chamber of Commerce is sometimes up to no good so the Democrats found an opening. The Republicans do it all the time too and seem to relish it when they are on the attacking side. Like all campaign finance reform issues the right will also shove this issue under the rug.It will come to nothing and disappear faster than the 8 minutes on the Watergate tapes.

      • Kathy

        Mick: The DNC has finally gotten tired of it? They have NEVER let up. Republicans got their feelings hurt two years ago and are looking for revenge? Revenge has nothing to do with it….we are losing our Country to a Socialistic, Marxist One World Government group of thinkers and we are fighting between us & spinning our wheels.
        Thank God for the Tea Party Groups who have their heads on straight. If they are backing more Republicans than Democrats it is because so many of the Democrats are blinded and cowardly…too afraid to speak up for what’s right and to take responsibility for backing the present POTUS (who is not a naturalized citizen of the USA) The Democrats have thrown common sense under the bus and are operating with blinders. And as for the Republicans that do get in, they have a huge responsibility facing them and will be under pressures like we cannot imagine to toe the line. God help them and God help America.
        “Father God: You alone are great! Be merciful unto us and forgive and cleanse us of our transgressions! Restore civility, honor and responsibility to our Federal, State & local Governments. We look to You as without You we can do nothing. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!”

      • eddie47d

        The ACLU will defend anyone but they mostly rely on donations so it’s hard to defend many with limited funds. Most cases are in the millions of dollars.

        • http://naver sook young

          I thought they got annual handouts from the government. Thank you.

          Sook Young
          Wife of the Samurai
          Vote November 2!

  • http://com i41

    smilee, spoken just like a typical socialist democrat. Yhe marxist communist had a super majority and didn’t need any other congressional members to pass a bill, you simple minded smurf. Also it was The National Marxist Democrat Communist Union Party mantra that Onumnutts and your nano minded Congress that pushed everything they wanted. The scun din’t want “transparency” in Washington, might expose a lot of criminal deals and Omoron might have to produce his bloodline and actually farrowing nest spot. As for smoke,Frddie and Fannie, it was a mess from the start and your lying jackass party, kept saying it doing great. Blarney lisprf and lied none stop under oath. Now the jug eared purple lipped moron and his marxist communists are planning to move everyone to a government housing market. Just another giant step to a dictatorship, Sleeze Ball Dodd bills creates the collusion between the feds and “private businesses”, will be a simple sign off by the marxist muslim and his radical totalitian slugs.

  • lee conrad

    hey kevin

    thanks for proving the mother ship is still overhead and sending people like you down to us.

  • Ruffrider

    It’s almost tinme to change the name of the USA (United States of America)to USSA (United Socialist States of America.)and the name of the present Democratic Party to, like as n Europe, Social Democratic or Democratic Socialist.

  • Ruffrider

    It’s almost time to change the name of the USA (United States of America)to the USSA (United Socialist States of America.)and the name of the present Democratic Party to, as in Europe, to Social Democratic or Democratic Socialist.

    • eddie47d

      Say it one more time and you’ll get to leave class. Have a good weekend.

  • s c

    It’s almost time to change the name of the USA (United States of America) to the USSA (United
    Socialist States of America) and the name of the present Democratic Party to (as in Europe) to
    Social Democratic or Democratic Socialist.
    [be careful what you wish for, Eduardo, as you just might get it]. Ciao.

  • jopa

    Ruffrider; There is a lot of money being funneled into the US Chamber of Commerce from the Peoples Republic of China.The last stronghold for Communism.This Chamber is not your local chamber and should be under scrutiny before we have to change the name of our country to the Peoples Republican of America.

  • Harry Snyder

    The above comments were amusing and somewhat on the mark, too. It was as obvious as egg spatter on a window that “the names” were wanted so the people could be harassed–or worse. The SCHUTZPAH of the Dem power grabbers is unbelievable–almost. LOL

  • Juanita Trimble

    what about Obama an Pelosi slipping in a transaction TAX 1 percent, on all financial institutions after the November elections? this adminstration is about YOUR MONEY. the less the people have, the more the adminstration has. jaja


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