Is the Chamber of Commerce Using Bailout Money to Attack Workers?

by: AdamGreen

Mon Apr 13, 2009 at 00:20

2 + 2 = 4.  So, what do these two excepts add up to?

Monday's Wall Street Journal reports:  

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is launching a $1 million television advertising campaign that takes a new line of attack against the Employee Free Choice Act...The new Chamber ads will hit the airwaves in Nebraska, Virginia, Louisiana, North Dakota and Colorado -- states whose senators could be swing votes on the issue.  

In January, The Huffington Post's Sam Stein broke this news:

Three days after receiving $25 billion in federal bailout funds, Bank of America Corp. hosted a conference call with conservative activists and business officials to organize opposition to the U.S. labor community's top legislative priority.

Participants on the October 17 call -- including at least one representative from another bailout recipient, AIG -- were urged to persuade their clients to send "large contributions" to groups working against the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), as well as to vulnerable Senate Republicans, who could help block passage of the bill.


There's a natural question for taxpayers to ask: Is the Chamber of Commerce using bailout money to attack workers? 

There are two things you can do right now to take action:

1) Join the Facebook group: "Petition: Chamber of Commerce Shouldn't Use Bailout Money to Attack Workers." (If not on Facebook, sign the petition here.)

2) Email top Chamber execs. Ask them if the Chamber is rejecting money from bailout recipients so that taxpayer funds aren't used on these ads.

Chamber President Tom Donohue:

Executive Vice President David C. Chavern:

Executive Vice President Bruce Josten:

Share what your email said on the Facebook group wall.


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The Financial Fascists ... (0.00 / 0)
... take money off of us and then they use it against us.


O-kay, Now HOW did the CoC get bail-out funds? (0.00 / 0)
in the first place? And WHY?

That seems to me to be the salient point.

Who decided the CoC should get ANY public money?

What the fuck?

well it is wrong (0.00 / 0)
but why should I assume that the chamber of commerce cares about my name on an online petition?  No-one else ever paid attention to them.

Effective protests cost money to the offensive party.

Online petitions don't do this, and I never sign them.

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hey (0.00 / 0)
The reason is that online petitions can actually be used productively as part of a concerted campaign -- if people are using the petitions in good faith. I explained it all here:

More importantly, how about you take the step of emailing the execs. That's concrete -- it'll apply pressure right now.


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because I don't assume they care about me. (0.00 / 0)

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