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Chamber becomes arm of GOP



Published: Tue, September 7, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m.

Chamber becomes arm of GOP

This year the U.S. Chamber of Commerce,, which is the largest business lobby in the U.S., has pledged to spend $75 million to influence voters to vote Republican.

Plus they’ve already spent about $190 million in the last year and a half to influence Republican congressmen to fight President Obama and the Democrats on issues such as health care, financial regulations, energy policy and many more.

Put another way, the “Party of No” is being bought and paid for by the “Republican Chamber of No.”

In an Associated Press article, the Republican Chamber’s political director, Bill Miller, is quoted as saying “...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.”

In other words, the Republican Chamber is going out and buying congressmen who will vote the way they are told. This will include money to try to defeat area congesssmen, including Tim Ryan, Charlie Wilson and John Boccieri, and money to defeat Democrat Lee Fisher’s attempt to become Ohio’s junior senator.

Unfortunately, there’s not much you or I can do about it. But, if you belong to or contribute money in any way to anything sponsored by the “Republican Chamber of Commerce,” keep in mind that, though a few bucks will go toward promoting U.S. business interests, much of your money is going to elect Republicans at every level.

G.J. Jones, Boardman


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1Overtaxed_Voter(14 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

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This year the U.S. Chamber of Commerce,, which is the largest business lobby in the U.S., has pledged to spend $75 million to influence voters to vote Republican.
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At least people get to CHOOSE if they do or don't want to be members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Do the millions of hourly workers in this country get that same choice in whether or not to be part of and pay dues to the LARGEST FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION ARM OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY... labor unions ???

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2diogenes(19 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Working conditions in U.S. factories in the 1800s and 1900s were deplorable. Workers were forced to work long hours under unhealthy conditions for low pay.

Since the government didn't regulate work conditions, labor unions were formed to protect the people. Then, as now, the only ones who opposed the unions were the owners and operators of these factories, i.e. fat cat Republicans.

Once they realize the benefits of belonging to a union, most workers choose to remain members, even though they know where union political contributions are going.

On the other hand, Chamber of Commerce members are unaware that their money is funding an attack by the right on most of our elected officials.

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3m8ke_the_call(105 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Unions contribute so much money to the DNC it is disgusting. As for the Chamber and members of the chamber, guess what? Most are Republicans. Unions have not been useful (in most cases) in almost 20 years, it’s a shame that many people still have no choice to pay into them only to watch the union waste their money by putting it towards Democrat candidates who do nothing for their situation instead of using the money in ways to benefit the worker.

Democrats have become so anti-business; why would business owners want to vote for politicians that push policies that not only hurt businesses (small businesses in particular) but are anti-business to the core? Most of these members of the Chamber are well aware of what their dues and contributions to the Chamber are being used for and welcome it.

I also think this is particularly hilarious; I was at the local Regional Chamber luncheon earlier this year where there numerous democrat politicians; Betras himself bought a whole table.
It’s also extremely funny how people continue to use the term ‘republican fat-cats’. Which party raised the most money in 2002, 2004, 2006, and 2008? The Democrats, that’s who.

But hey, if you are happy with mandated Health Care, Cap and Trade (who’s ready for triple their energy bill?) and every other piece of garbage these Democrats are pushing, than feel free to keep bashing the Chamber and deflecting from the real issues.

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4eagleye(59 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Ever see a poor or homeless person create a job? This Socialist regime points known and self avowed Communists to senior positions in the government, imposes socialist policies using the willing dupes in Congress, and wonders why the business owners don't like it. When the Socialist-in-Chief invited "leaders" to the White House to discuss job creations and what would help the economy, he DIDN"T INVITE THE US CHAMBER OF COMMERCE!!! He only invited like-minded socialist, or union bosses (also socialists and/or organized criminals). How stupid is that? This community agitator has no clue and can only rely on his stilted socialist view of the world. The quicker this moron is out of office, the better off the country will be. Oh yea, check out the salaries and pensions bennies paid the the head union schmucks. They exceed most business executives.

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5Sauce(2 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

The same could be said of organized labor's relationship with the Dems. Right? Aren't 80% of Federal, state and local gov't employees organized?

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6theotherside(332 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Does this really surprise anyone? duh The Repubs have the Chamber, the Demos have the unions. Live with it. Just make sure you vote.

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