The Chamber of Commerce as a Political Entity
November 13, 2010 2 Comments
It is not only that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is among the big political players, many local chambers shape local government policies, protecting businesses and commerce from local government measures and, in general, acting as referees in local economic development. Their programs are focused on business interests and the have shown little interest in local poverty and social issues, as if these issues were not related to the economic future of the city.
…these contributions…also show how the chamber has increasingly relied on a relatively small collection of big corporate donors to finance much of its legislative and political agenda. The chamber makes no apologies for its policy of not identifying its donors. It has vigorously opposed legislation in Congress that would require groups like it to identify their biggest contributors when they spend money on campaign ads.