February 08, 2005

Corporate Takeover Sponsored by Chamber of Commerce

Sam Rosenfeld discusses an important issue in TAPPED: namely, how the Chamber of Commerce is increasingly acting as a major supporter of the entire Republican agenda. Even on policies for which they get no benefit, the Chamber signs up to support the Republican agenda because they know that is how they can get their own parochial issues addressed. As Sam says:

At one point in the piece lobbyists describe the logic by which they get enlisted in administration causes in which they might not have a direct stake. The thinking goes that “if they abandon the president on big issues, they risk losing administration backing for parochial matters critical to their industries.” Substitute “congressional Republicans” for “the president” and “administration,” and you have a nice description of one mechanism by which the GOP leadership’s K Street Project has managed to capture the resources and support of industry across the board: A given business lobby (increasingly stacked with GOP loyalists) backs the party’s agenda on Issue A so that they can be first in line on the gravy train when Issue B -- the one that matters directly to the lobby -- comes up.

The Chamber of Commerce has been quite busy funding the corporate takeover of all branches and all levels of government. Nevertheless, members of the CoC try hard to hide their hand in some of the more blatantly nasty stuff as they know that this will not endear them to their consumers. But sometimes despite the promises to keep their names hidden, the truth does come out and citizens can see who is behind some of the uglier campaigns. (via The Sideshow)

A secret list of donors who gave $4.2 million for attack ads targeting Ohio Supreme Court Justice Alice Robie Resnick in the 2000 election campaign was released Friday.

The action ended a four-year legal battle by the Ohio Chamber of Commerce to shield the information from the public. The list is a virtual who's who of corporate and insurance giants and powerful chief executives, all of whom had been promised anonymity in exchange for contributions.

If you have ever wondered why the business community is not saying something about the deficit, or keeping quiet about the Bush war policy which is clearly dangerous and destructive to the country, wonder no more. The business community has made a deal with the devil for their own benefit. They get theirs whenever a tax cut is needed or when they want to push tort reform or anticipating what they'll get when Social Security privatized. And all they have to do is to stay on the sidelines or actively support the rest of the Republican agenda even if they might personally be against anti-gay amendments or worried about the deficit or the war.

It's not hard to imagine the corporations counting their money even if there was a right wing coup. They can't imagine anything more important than their own profits and greed. So who said a corporation should have the same rights as a citizen?

Posted by Mary at February 8, 2005 10:03 PM | Corruption & Graft | TrackBack(1) | Technorati links |

The first time I'd read about the Chamber of Commerce (something that initially when hearing their name you would think "Oh, well, that's a good thing") I was stunned. It's absolutely insane that's it being used as a funnel for these kind of bullshit, unsound policies.

Posted by: Josh at February 9, 2005 12:56 AM

This really shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. The Chamber of Commerce has just adopted the Halliburton and multinational mindset that you can make a deal with the devil as long as you make the deal.

Posted by: PSoTD at February 9, 2005 02:29 PM

They've kept it pretty low, but there have been pseudo lefties proposing to sell our public lands to pay on the debt.

Posted by: grannyinsanity at February 10, 2005 01:43 PM

Remember this?

The Madison County Record, an Illinois weekly newspaper launched in September that bills itself as the county's legal journal, reports on one subject: the state courts in southern Illinois. A recent front page carried an assortment of stories about lawsuits against businesses. In one, a woman sought $15,000 in damages for breaking her nose at a haunted house. In another, a woman sued a restaurant for $50,000 after she hurt her teeth on a chicken breast.

Nowhere was it reported that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce created the Record as a weapon in its multimillion-dollar campaign against lawyers who file those kinds of suits.

Posted by: Grant at February 11, 2005 08:43 AM