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NICHOLS AND MCCHESNEY: Dollarocracy: How big money undermines our democracy and how we can take it back

“We’ve found through our experience that timid supplications for justice will not solve the problem,” declared the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1967 as he announced the civil rights movement’s pivot toward the economic justice message of the Poor People’s Campaign. “We’ve got to massively confront the power structure."

A BAGFUL OF CASH: How the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Orchestrated a Corporate Takeover of Government

The US Chamber of Commerce-- a 101 year-old organization formed as corporations’ first union—is the chief agent behind Congress’ kowtowing to corporate interests, the Supreme Court’s favorability to corporations in its rulings, and presidents of both parties’ insistence on accommodating the wishes of multinational corporations at the expense of working-class people all over the world.

CNET: SOPA's Most Aggressive Defender -- the US Chamber of Commerce

(Originally posted on November 30, 2011)

There is no more influential business lobby group in the world than the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which boasts that its "core purpose is to fight for free enterprise" and "individual freedom."

NYT: Big companies paid a fraction of corporate tax rate

The biggest, most profitable American companies paid only a fraction of the taxes they would owe under the official corporate rate, according to a study released on Monday by the Government Accountability Office.

Using allowed deductions and legal loopholes, large corporations enjoyed a 12.6 percent tax rate far below the 35 percent tax that is the statutory rate imposed by the federal government on corporate profits.

TNM: Elizabeth Warren Warns Supreme Court Owned by Chamber

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) used her remarks at the 2013 American Constitution Society for Law and Policy National Convention to warn that the Supreme Court is being captured by interests representing America’s biggest corporations:

CAP TIMES: Chamber pays Walker to impose its policies, ranks Wisconsin 44th in economic performance

(Originally published May 3rd, 2013)

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker traveled to Washington, D.C., earlier this week for America’s Small Business Summit, an annual event hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

There, Walker appeared on a special panel titled “How to Lead Enterprising States,” joining with the governors of Maine and Pennsylvania.

DC EXAMINER: Operation Green Jobs' unparalleled march

With U.S. Chamber of Commerce representatives standing by and security guards at the door, the Operation Green Jobs March, sponsored by Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC), and Shut the Chamber, arrived in Washington, DC on May 24th as planned, from Philadelphia, PA.

SCRIPPS WIRE SERVICE: Activists March 150 miles to protest against corporate lobby

WASHINGTON – Guillermo Santos, 10, walked 150 miles from Philadelphia to Washington bringing letters that his classmates wrote for President Barack Obama, asking him to stop budget cuts affecting public schools. He was with a group of activists who ended their six-day march Friday with a rally in front of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The protesters rallied against the chamber’s lobbying efforts in support of multinational corporations.

OCCUPIED WALL STREET JOURNAL: Operation Green Jobs- Join the 150-mile March to DC

(For more info about how you can get involved in this action click here)

An upcoming action this month is simultaneously taking on the unemployment crisis, the climate crisis, and the corporate corruption of Congress crisis all at once. And it needs your support.

TALKING POINTS MEMO: US Chamber Racks Up Huge Wins From Current Supreme Court

Last term, the Chamber of Commerce was undefeated — it won every Supreme Court case it weighed in on. So far this term, it has secured favorable rulings in 6 out of 7 cases.

HUFFINGTON POST: Nike Quits U.S. Chamber Board of Directors over Climate Change

(Originally published on November 30, 2009)

Nike will step down from its position on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's board of directors, reports Politico.

The company will not, however, drop its membership in the chamber entirely, saying that it plans to "advocate for climate change legislation" from within the organization.

POLITICO: Angry member groups shun U.S. Chamber of Commerce

(Originally published on December 7, 2010)

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is under fire from some local chambers over its hard-hitting $75 million ad campaign to elect a Republican House, with dozens of groups distancing themselves from the effort and a handful even quitting the national group in protest.

NYTIMES: Current Supreme Court Most Corporate-Friendly Since World War II

NOT long after 10 a.m. on March 27, a restless audience waited for the Supreme Court to hear arguments in the second of two historic cases involving same-sex marriage.

HUFFINGTON POST: Kick the Habit, Congress

What if there was a really smart, knowledgeable, innovative guy who had dreams of curing cancer or writing a bestselling novel or recording an acclaimed album, but couldn't do any of the above because of a crippling cocaine addiction? Similarly, Congress' deadly addiction to corporate cash is the main reason Washington is unable to solve the myriad problems affecting our economy, environment and politics. If only we could help Congress kick the habit, our government could work for us again.

NATION OF CHANGE: Join Operation Green Jobs, from May 18 to May 24

An upcoming action this month is simultaneously taking on the unemployment crisis, the climate crisis, and the corporate corruption of Congress crisis all at once. And it needs your support.

MSNBC: How the Chamber of Commerce conquered the Supreme Court

In 1971, Lewis Powell, a well-connected corporate lawyer, wrote a confidential memo to an official at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “The American economic system is under broad attack,” Powell warned, by everyone from “New Leftists and other revolutionaries” to academics, the media, and politicians. It was time for the right, and the Chamber itself, to fight back.

PRWATCH: Private Prison Company Affiliated With US Chamber Conducts Drug Raids at Public Schools

An unsettling trend appears to be underway in Arizona: the use of private prison employees in law enforcement operations.

The state has graced national headlines in recent years as the result of its cozy relationship with the for-profit prison industry. Such controversies have included the role of private prison corporations in SB 1070 and similar anti-immigrant legislation disseminated in other states; a 2010 private prison escape that resulted in two murders and a nationwide manhunt; and a failed bid to privatize nearly the entire Arizona prison system.

U.S. CHAMBER WATCH: Almost 60 Local Chambers Have Left US Chamber

Since 2009, nearly 60 local Chambers of Commerce have publicly denounced or canceled their membership to the U.S. Chamber, citing the national organization's extreme positions. For a printable list of these organizations and their statements CLICK HERE.

Local Chambers That Have Denounced Or Withdrawn From The U.S. Chamber:

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES: US Chamber-Sponsored Senator Helped Monsanto Write Monsanto Protection Act

(Note: Monsanto is Sen. Roy Blunt's #6 campaign contributor. Blunt also received a $1,000 donation from the US Chamber of Commerce during his 2010 campaign. The group has also given him a 97% approval rating for his pro-corporate voting record.)

(Originally published on March 27, 2013)

CROOKS & LIARS: US Chamber Supports Fracking, Opposes Safety Nets

(originally published on January 26, 2013)

If you want to understand the source of the world's problems, follow the Davos coverage by CNN and Bloomberg News for a few days. Not only will they tell you what the source is, they'll prove that your instincts are right about billionaires and those who present them as the arbiters of all things fair and right.

USCHAMBER.COM: Chamber Opposes Minimum Wage Increase

(Originally posted on Januray 10, 2007)

WASHINGTON, D.C.-The United States Chamber of Commerce expressed disappointment today with the U.S. House of Representatives for passing an increase in the federal minimum wage and encouraged the Senate to carefully consider its impact on small businesses.

USCHAMBER.COM: Chamber Applauds SCOTUS Ruling Limiting Class-Action Lawsuits

**This is a press release from the US Chamber's website, commending the SCOTUS for pushing class-action lawsuit plaintiffs out of state courts and forcing them into corporate-friendly federal courts. The SCOTUS has ruled 100% in the US Chamber's favor since the start of Obama's presidency.

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Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today praised a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that preserves a key provision of the landmark Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA).

PUBLIC CITIZEN: US Chamber Accused of Failing to Report Millions in Campaign Spending

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its affiliated Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) failed to report millions in taxable spending from 2000 to 2004 intended to influence state-level attorney general and supreme court races and federal races around the country, according to a Public Citizen complaint filed today with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

RAW STORY: US Chamber Opposed 9/11 First Responders Healthcare Bill For Fear of Higher Corporate Taxes

(originally published on December 18, 2010)

The US Chamber of Commerce lobbied to kill a bill that would have helped cover medical expenses and compensation for first responders and survivors of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, according to documents available online.

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