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!
The U.S. Chamber’s War Against Increased Consumer Financial Protection
Earlier this summer, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce mounted a significant six-figure advertising campaign against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and its new director, Rohit Chopra, accusing him of attempting to “radically reshape ” financial regulation without proper jurisdiction. The Chamber specifically targets the agency’s recent March move to use its authority to better […]
Then vs Now: Corporate Criticisms of Climate Disclosures are Old News
Written and Submitted by Carly Fabian Corporations have been making bogeymen out of disclosure requirements for 88 years. The sky hasn’t fallen yet. In 1934, Joe Kennedy, the first chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), defended the new agency in a speech to the Boston Chamber of Commerce. Speaking to the group that […]
The Chamber’s Anti-Union Advocacy Strikes Again
While in 2022 there’s never a lack of news to follow and absorb, we at Public Citizen are always keeping a watchful eye on the actions of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. After all, this mainstay corporate advocacy organization has long since made itself an enemy to most progressive ideals, causes, and issues. But what’s […]
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce vs. Democracy
While millions of Americans across the country demand and fight for a more just democracy that allows all voices to be heard, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce continues to stand in the way of progress. In a recent Chamber letter, the trade association listed its reasons for opposing the For the People Act (S.1.)—the most […]
Yet Again, The Chamber Blocks Progress
In May, over Mother Day’s weekend, organizations from across the country came together to push for multiple voter protection and democracy reform initiatives as a part of the National John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Action Day. There were “votorcades” and marches all across the country, and it was inspiring to see such a concentrated and […]
The Chamber of Commerce’s Predictable Answer: Blame the Workers
Sometimes the answer to our society’s biggest questions shouldn’t be so complicated. And, as we come together as a nation to rebuild after the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s been far too easy to observe instances of what feels like our nation’s leaders overthinking and scheming about the best way forward in forming and […]