Not your hometown chamber
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the nation’s largest lobbying group and one of the leading spenders of dark money on elections.
While its name may conjure up wholesome images of your hometown chamber, the hyper-partisan U.S. Chamber pushes a reactionary agenda that is dangerous for workers, consumers, and the environment.
Here at Chamber Watch, our mission is to expose the threat the U.S. Chamber poses to all of us, our democracy, and our planet. So keep scrolling to learn more about the Chamber, its dangerous agenda, the companies that fund it, and what you can do to fight back!
Tell Gap to #DroptheChamber
Recently, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce released an issue brief entitled “Association Health Plans: Everything You Need to Know.” The brief argues for expanded “association health plans” (AHPs)—junk health care plans with skimpy coverage and without Affordable Care Act protections—to address the problem of rising health insurance premiums. In characteristic fashion, the Chamber has enthusiastically […]
Recently, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce-affiliated Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) released a report titled “Fairer, Faster, Better: An Empirical Assessment of Employment Arbitration.” If that title causes you to raise an eyebrow, you’re right to be suspicious. Through dubious evidence and misleading rationale, the ILR report concludes that workers benefit more by being forced […]
Same Stripes: Though Shrunken, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Election Spending in 2018 Remained Totally Partisan
Download the .pdf version of this report here. The 2016 election cycle was the first time in the Citizens United era that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) devoted its general election spending exclusively to benefiting Republican candidates. For the contests in which the Chamber indicated which candidate it supported in the 2018 election cycle, […]
Members of Congress, Online Influencers Rail Against the #ChamberofCarbon for Climate Obstructionism
The climate crisis did not happen on its own. Powerful, wealthy interests have deliberately spent decades denying, obfuscating, and mischaracterizing the evidence presented by climate scientists in order to mislead the public. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, with its deep coffers bankrolled with funds from fossil fuel companies, auto manufacturers, and other corporations with a […]
In 2019, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has been reacting to the public catching on to its blatant partisanship and prioritization of corporations and ultrawealthy donors by undergoing some image rehab. Unfortunately, the Chamber’s substantive policy agenda remains as regressive as ever—anti-family, anti-worker, anti-consumer and anti-climate. For an example of the Chamber putting lipstick on […]
By Opposing H.R. 1, the “For the People Act,” the Chamber Says Democracy Should Belong to Corporations, Not Voters
On Friday, the most sweeping anticorruption legislation since the Watergate era passed through the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 234-193. This democracy reform bill, otherwise known as H.R. 1 or the “For the People Act,” has multiple aims: to ensure that our voting and electoral systems are protected and satisfy the “one […]