Friday, April 1, 2011

POP QUIZ! EGGZACLY WHAT IS THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE?

Pop quiz! (Don’t worry, it’s easy.)

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is:

(A) A trade group representing small businesses, like your favorite restaurant or a local car dealership.

(B) Related to the United States Department of Commerce, a federal government agency.

(C) The official voice of the entire business community.

(D) Ruthless lobbyists who push unsustainable policies that benefit multinational corporations at the expense of people and businesses on Main Streets across America.

The correct answer, of course, is D. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce does not speak for you or me. It speaks for giant corporations who want to pollute our democracy, our economy and our planet in their never-ending pursuit for profits.

Our friends at 350.org have a new campaign — “The U.S. Chamber Doesn’t Speak for Me” — to expose the Chamber’s opposition to sustainable economic policies, including every single effort to curb climate pollution.

Add your name to 350.org’s “The U.S. Chamber Doesn’t Speak for Me” campaign.

Last year, just 16 companies provided more than half of the Chamber’s budget. The Chamber won’t disclose which companies, but its attempts to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency and eradicate the Clean Air Act are pretty clear indicators of where the money comes from.

Along with all that polluter cash, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce exploits the perception that it represents “3 million American businesses.” The Chamber would have us believe that it is merely the voice a nation of neighborhood barbers, florists and mechanics.

We need to show — before the next election — that the Chamber is the voice of the same boundlessly greedy mega-corporations that are trying to take over our democracy in the wake of the Supreme Court’s absurd Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling.

Join Public Citizen and 350.org in declaring that “The U.S. Chamber Doesn’t Speak for Me”!



Thank you for all that you do,

Allison Fisher
Outreach Director
Public Citizen’s Climate & Energy Program

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As Jim Hightower explains it, is that “the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans possess more net worth today than the bottom 90 percent of us combined. Worse, these privileged few and their political henchmen have structured a new economic ‘normal’ of long-term joblessness, low wages, no benefits or worker rights, miserly public services, and a steadily widening chasm between the rich and the rest of us.” We must restore sanity to this nation.