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A BAGFUL OF CASH: How the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Orchestrated a Corporate Takeover of Government

The US Chamber of Commerce-- a 101 year-old organization formed as corporations’ first union—is the chief agent behind Congress’ kowtowing to corporate interests, the Supreme Court’s favorability to corporations in its rulings, and presidents of both parties’ insistence on accommodating the wishes of multinational corporations at the expense of working-class people all over the world.

Carl Gibson

FLOWERS & ZEESE: Learn to build economic democracy at the Democracy Convention!

Another jobs report is in and it shows continued waddling along in job creation, just enough to keep the unemployment figure stable. The reality is the collapse has cost the nation 3 million jobs and that number is not shrinking. The “Lost Out-Put Clock” shows the nation has lost $4,602,667,601,6089 in national income and counting since the 2008 collapse.

Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese

JOHN NICHOLS: 16 states call to overturn 'Citizens United'

The most undercovered political movement in the United States — and there are a lot of undercovered political movements in the United States — is the broad-based national campaign to overturn the Supreme Court ruling that ushered in a new era of big-money politics.

John Nichols

CNET: SOPA's Most Aggressive Defender -- the US Chamber of Commerce

(Originally posted on November 30, 2011)

There is no more influential business lobby group in the world than the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which boasts that its "core purpose is to fight for free enterprise" and "individual freedom."

Declan McCullagh

NYT: Big companies paid a fraction of corporate tax rate

The biggest, most profitable American companies paid only a fraction of the taxes they would owe under the official corporate rate, according to a study released on Monday by the Government Accountability Office.

Using allowed deductions and legal loopholes, large corporations enjoyed a 12.6 percent tax rate far below the 35 percent tax that is the statutory rate imposed by the federal government on corporate profits.

Nelson D. Schwartz

CAP TIMES: WMC lobbyists 'very excited' about GOP budget

The gang at Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce is "very excited" about the budget that now awaits Gov. Scott Walker’s signature. The state’s largest business association released a video on Friday featuring four of the group’s lobbyists discussing the many elements of the budget that will benefit Wisconsin companies.

I was notified of the YouTube clip by a disgruntled legislative staffer, who described its contents thus: “Just a few of the former GOP staffers who give the Legislature its marching orders from outside the building.”

Jack Craver

TNM: Elizabeth Warren Warns Supreme Court Owned by Chamber

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) used her remarks at the 2013 American Constitution Society for Law and Policy National Convention to warn that the Supreme Court is being captured by interests representing America’s biggest corporations:


CAP TIMES: Chamber pays Walker to impose its policies, ranks Wisconsin 44th in economic performance

(Originally published May 3rd, 2013)

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker traveled to Washington, D.C., earlier this week for America’s Small Business Summit, an annual event hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

There, Walker appeared on a special panel titled “How to Lead Enterprising States,” joining with the governors of Maine and Pennsylvania.

Mike Ivey

SCRIPPS WIRE SERVICE: Activists March 150 miles to protest against corporate lobby

WASHINGTON – Guillermo Santos, 10, walked 150 miles from Philadelphia to Washington bringing letters that his classmates wrote for President Barack Obama, asking him to stop budget cuts affecting public schools. He was with a group of activists who ended their six-day march Friday with a rally in front of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The protesters rallied against the chamber’s lobbying efforts in support of multinational corporations.

Barbara Duarte

Shut the Chamber is marching on the U.S. Chamber!

Shut the Chamber is joining with unemployed folks from across the country in a 150 mile from Philadelphia to D.C. to take on Washington’s puppet masters- the U.S. Chamber.  And we need your support!

Even if you can’t march with us, you can participate in our virtual march by uploading a picture of yourself here along with a story of why you’re standing with us to shut the chamber.

POLITICO: Angry member groups shun U.S. Chamber of Commerce

(Originally published on December 7, 2010)

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is under fire from some local chambers over its hard-hitting $75 million ad campaign to elect a Republican House, with dozens of groups distancing themselves from the effort and a handful even quitting the national group in protest.

Jeanne Cummings

HUFFINGTON POST: Nike Quits U.S. Chamber Board of Directors over Climate Change

(Originally published on November 30, 2009)

Nike will step down from its position on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's board of directors, reports Politico.

The company will not, however, drop its membership in the chamber entirely, saying that it plans to "advocate for climate change legislation" from within the organization.

Jenna Staul

HUFFINGTON POST: Apple Quits Chamber of Commerce Over Climate Change

(Originally published on May 25, 2011)

Apple is the latest corporation to exit the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, citing its opposition to climate change legislation.

Jenna Staul

WALL STREET JOURNAL: Exelon Leaves Chamber of Commerce Over Climate Policy

(Originally published on September 28, 2009)

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s opposition to climate-change legislation has cost it another member. Exelon, one of the biggest utilities in the U.S., said this morning it will leave the business lobby because of the latter’s increasingly strident opposition to climate legislation.

Keith Johnson

THE ATLANTIC: Local Chambers Abandon U.S. Chamber of Commerce Amid Rightward Shift

(Originally published on December 7, 2010)

Local chambers are angry with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over its aggressive ad campaign to elect Republicans in the midterms, with some groups taking the radical step of officially ending their affiliation with the national chamber, Politico's Jeanne Cummings reports. The $75 million push for GOP candidates was a sharp contrast to the traditional bipartisan approach of the U.S. Chamber.

Elspeth Reeve

HUFFINGTON POST: Kick the Habit, Congress

What if there was a really smart, knowledgeable, innovative guy who had dreams of curing cancer or writing a bestselling novel or recording an acclaimed album, but couldn't do any of the above because of a crippling cocaine addiction? Similarly, Congress' deadly addiction to corporate cash is the main reason Washington is unable to solve the myriad problems affecting our economy, environment and politics. If only we could help Congress kick the habit, our government could work for us again.

Carl Gibson

NATION OF CHANGE: Join Operation Green Jobs, from May 18 to May 24

An upcoming action this month is simultaneously taking on the unemployment crisis, the climate crisis, and the corporate corruption of Congress crisis all at once. And it needs your support.

Carl Gibson

MSNBC: How the Chamber of Commerce conquered the Supreme Court

In 1971, Lewis Powell, a well-connected corporate lawyer, wrote a confidential memo to an official at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “The American economic system is under broad attack,” Powell warned, by everyone from “New Leftists and other revolutionaries” to academics, the media, and politicians. It was time for the right, and the Chamber itself, to fight back.

Zachary Roth

BLOOMBERG NEWS: US Chamber Killed Bill That Would Have Prevented Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion

Search and rescue workers comb through what remains of a 50-unit apartment building (foreground) and the West Rest Haven Nursing Home the day after an explosion at the West Fertilizer Company destroyed the buildings April 18, 2013 in West, Texas.

As lawmakers pushed a bill to tighten U.S. security standards on chemical factories, fertilizer depots and water-treatment plants in 2009, they faced a formidable opponent: the U.S. business community.

Mark Drajem

DOW JONES NEWSWIRE: US Chamber Opposed Repeal of Big Oil Welfare Checks

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Monday called a proposal to repeal tax breaks for five major oil and gas companies "misguided" and said that such a move could result in higher energy prices. The Chamber of Commerce's objection helps to solidify Senate Republican opposition to the bill. In a letter sent to members of the U.S.

Kristina Peterson