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Chamber of Commerce thinks money can buy everything

commerce logoThe Chamber of Commerce wants their opinions to be heard, and they’re more than willing to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to make sure our elected officials get the message loud and clear.

Over the weekend, the Associated Press ran a very interesting article that exposes how the Chamber is abusing the recent easing of legal restraints on corporate political activities. The new lack of restrictions allows organizations like the Chamber to donate exorbitant amounts of money to fight the Obama administration and support the GOP.

As the United States’ largest business lobbying organization, they have pledged to spend $75 million in this year’s election. Many of the candidates they have chosen to back up adamantly refuse to support workers’ rights. And all of that is on top of a lobbying effort that already has cost the organization nearly $190 million since Barack Obama became president in January 2009.

“Elections have consequences, votes matter,” said Bill Miller, the chamber’s political director. “And we’re going to go out and engage in an effort to try and ensure we have people on Capitol Hill that will listen to our arguments and propose and promote ideas that are more supportive of the free enterprise system.”

While everyone has the right to financially support the people they want to see elected, it’s clear that this kind of spending by the Chamber can’t be matched by ordinary Americans. And to buy that kind of influence while claiming to represent all business owners in the United States is dishonest, to say the least. The Chamber is taking way too many liberties with their words and their wallet.

Fortunately, workers’ rights advocates are holding the Chamber accountable. Check out Change to Win’s watchdog website U.S. Chamber Watch to get the latest updates on the lobbying organization’s misdoings.