Watchdog Groups Single Out Chamber Of Commerce For Role In Funding Controversy

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Watchdog groups single out Chamber of Commerce for role in funding controversyFollowing allegations that the United States Chamber of Commerce has been actively soliciting money from foreign countries to influence American elections, a group of watchdog organizations had called for a criminal investigation and complete audit of the business lobbying group.

StopTheChamber.com has urged the FBI, Department of Justice and IRS to examine the most recent accusation made by the Center for American Progress Action Fund (CAPAF) against the Chamber. The CAPAF claimed on Oct. 5 that the Chamber has obtained money from foreign organizations, including some funds tied to overseas governments, and has used it to influence political campaigns.

On Oct. 7, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs publicly asked the Chamber and other politically active groups to reveal their list of donors before the November midterm elections. According to the Huffington Post, it was the second request in as many days from Gibbs.

"I think the best thing to do for the American people would be to let everyone see all of the supporters. Let everyone see who has supported each of the different entities… by letting the American people know exactly who has written checks," said Gibbs, according to the news source.

According to The Associated Press, Chamber spokeswoman Tita Freeman said the claims are "unfounded, deceitful and completely erroneous." She added that no foreign money has been used to fund political activities. 

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