Chamber of Commerce: the whole world is watching

The labor federation Change to Win recently launched an impressive new website to send a message to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce: everyone knows you distort the facts to favor big business, and now we are holding you accountable.

The site, part of Change to Win’s new program Chamber Watch, is dedicated to conducting research on the Chamber’s activities and bringing more transparency to the group’s activities.

In the coming months, the site will be aggressively calling attention to the fact that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has become the poster child of what is wrong with Washington: it has evolved into a giant unaccountable, $200 million political slush fund for the most controversial corporations and CEOs in the country.

Of course, the Chamber isn’t so happy that labor continues to research and analyze their every move. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Tita Freeman said Change to Win was using the chamber to bolster its fund raising.

“It’s no surprise that a struggling outfit like Change to Win would need to burnish its tattered credentials and raise money off of an effort like this,” Freeman said in an e-mail interview with Roll Call. “The U.S. Chamber, meanwhile, continues to be the leading advocate for American jobs and economic growth.”

One of the largest lobbying groups in the world, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce was created to represent business interests in America. Unfortunately, the majority of the groups policies are at the behest of a few huge corporations. Nearly 40 percent of the Chamber of Commerce’s 2008 income came from only 26 members.

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