Chamber of Commerce Bleeds Members Over Absurd GOP Campaign Spending
The incredible $75 million the U.S. Chamber of Commerce spent on campaign ads during this year's midterms may have bought the group a House full of pro-business Republicans, but it lost them the support of some of its key members around the country.
As Politicoreports, dozens of groups distanced themselves from the national Chamber's campaign spending efforts, and a handful even quit in protest.
More than 40 local chambers issued statements during the midterms distancing themselves from the U.S. Chamber’s campaign — including nearly every major local chamber in Iowa and New Hampshire, key states for the presidential campaign.
Other chambers plan to take the extraordinary step of ending their affiliation with the U.S. Chamber, including the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce in Pennsylvania. Its leaders reported being inundated with angry — and sometimes profanity-laced — telephone calls from people objecting to the U.S. Chamber-backed ads.