Chamber of Commerce Admits They Accept Bailout Money to Fund Anti-Worker Ads
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Yesterday, I posed the question: " Is the Chamber of Commerce Using Bailout Money to Attack Workers?"
The Chamber took to their blog and ambiguously wrote, "No. No we are not."
It's well documented by Sam Stein at The Huffington Post that bailout recipients have been asked to funnel money to groups that are running anti-worker ads like the ones announced yesterday by the Chamber.
So I wrote, "Let me pose a more specific question: Is the Chamber actively rejecting money from bailout recipients?"
The Chamber responded:
Another one quickly answered, the U.S. Chamber continues to accept as members companies which receive both public and private funds. In addition we do not believe that the receipt of taxpayer money abrogates an individual or groups’ rights under the First Amendment.
My original answer to the original question still stands, beyond question.
Actually, it's not beyond question -- and Jonathan Martin at Politico agrees:
Adam Green over at OpenLeft pushes the Chamber of Commerce to say that they're still accepting dues from bailed-out companies.
The goal is to make the case that the Chamber is using taxpayer dollars to help fund their anti-EFCA campaign (of which they have launched new ads targeting moderate Democratic senators).
The Chamber's Brad Peck says they're not using bail-out money for the campaign.
I've asked how exactly they know that to be the case.
A bunch of folks have joined the Facebook group asking the same question, and have used the contact info posted in that group to email Chamber execs directly.
And last night, Anna Burger added SEIU's voice to this issue:
Adam Green is cofounder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) , dedicated to helping progressive candidates run progressive campaigns and win.
He is also interim CEO of Change Congress , a reform group formed by Prof. Lawrence Lessig and Joe Trippi to reform congressional elections and special-interest influence on Congress.
Adam formerly served as Director of Strategic Campaigns and Civic Communications Director for MoveOn.org.