Fighting for people over profits
Blocking financial regulation. Stopping climate change legislation. Trying to censor the internet. Fighting disclosure of corporate political spending.
Pick something bad that’s happened in Washington in recent year. Chances are you can trace it back to a shadowy trade association called the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. And when the Chamber isn’t pushing Congress to enact its corporate-friendly agenda, it’s buying elections.This year the Chamber is planning to spend an unprecedented $50 million on the November election. You’ve probably seen some of the melodramatic, dishonest attack ads it’s funding.
We don’t know where all that money is coming from, and that’s just how the Chamber likes it – corporations give to the Chamber on the understanding that they’ll stay anonymous while swinging key elections and helping bring friendly politicians into office. And the Chamber has fought every bill and regulation designed to increase transparency in elections, and even when it loses, it exploits some loop hole to keep its donors secret.
So you can understand why we at SumOfUs.org want to take the Chamber on. And we think we have the right strategy. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has such an extreme agenda that it has begun to alienate relatively responsible companies. Many local chambers of commerce broke ties with the national organization over its campaign spending. Big corporations like Apple and Yahoo have already quit the chamber over its radical, destructive stances on climate change and internet freedom.
Every exit from the Chamber undermines its claim of being the “voice of American business.” So we want to target a few relatively responsible corporations, and hold them accountable for their membership. First up: Google, which publicly considered quitting late last year.
Now, going toe-to-toe with the world’s most powerful business lobby won’t be easy or cheap. It’ll be hard work driving companies out, and we have no idea what the Chamber might throw back at us. That’s why we need your help.
Can you donate $20 to help us fight the U.S. Chamber? Use the form to the right to donate today.
If you’d prefer to mail a check, here are instructions to make sure it makes it to us:
Questions? Shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.