May 22, 2012

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Goes Super Pac: "We won't Disclose Donors"

Despite a recent court ruling that would require disclosure of secret donors behind issue ads, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue has defiantly promised its members and the world that “we will not have to disclose where our funding comes from.”

U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO
Tom Donohue 
It’s startling that an organization such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which prides itself on responsibility, is so unwilling to take accountability. They prefer instead to let donors hide in the shadows and remain anonymous.

The natural concern in this is that without contribution disclosures, the general electorate will never have a clear idea about whom or what is funding the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s political agenda. It allows the Chamber of Commerce to remain weakly hidden behind the fa├žade of open government and entrepreneurship that they’ve created for themselves.

The big takeaway in all of this should be the realization that politicians and interest groups like the Chamber of Commerce are more inclined to steer policy towards the concerns of a handful of wealthy donors, rather than working families.

Income inequality is skyrocketing and the middle class is disappearing because the concerns of corporations and wealthy individuals are worth more to groups like the Chamber who, despite having the power to help improve the lives of the masses, choose to cater to the wealthy elite.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce should fulfill their motto and encourage opportunity for every dreamer with an idea, not just those who can afford it.

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