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!
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Feeling the Heat on Climate Policy from Members and the Public, Chamber Announces Climate Task Force
A decade ago, Apple Inc. and three large power utility companies famously ended their membership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over its policy of obstructing any and all meaningful climate action. This may have stung for the Chamber, but not enough to move the dial: Under President and CEO Tom Donohue, the Chamber has […]
Despite the Chamber’s Claims, a Wall Street Sales Tax Would Fall on Wall Street High Rollers, Not Average Citizens
Almost exactly 11 years ago, Wall Street’s reckless behavior crashed the nation’s economy, devastating the lives of millions. Now, the rules put in place after the financial crisis to stop bank “gambling” in the stock markets are being weakened by through deregulation and speculation is still rampant on Wall Street. Additionally, Big Banks are making […]
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 […]