U.S. Chamber Watch Press Releases

For Immediate Release: 12/07/16

For the First Time, 100 Percent of the U.S. Chamber’s General Election Spending Benefited Republican Candidates Exclusively

New Report Reveals that U.S. Chamber of Commerce Dominated Undisclosed Spending in Congressional Races Across the Nation

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has abandoned any claims it once held to bipartisanship or working across the aisle to get things done after it placed all its financial support with Republicans in this year’s congressional elections, a report (PDF) released today by Public Citizen’s U.S. Chamber Watch shows.

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For Immediate Release: 10/26/16

Although U.S. Chamber of Commerce Denounces Lawsuits, It Goes to Court Every Other Day

Report Reveals Vast Scope of Chamber’s Litigation to Aid Big Businesses

Although the U.S. Chamber of Commerce regularly denounces the “costly” American legal system and the number of lawsuits filed, the Chamber itself is a prodigious litigator, a new report (PDF) from Public Citizen’s U.S. Chamber Watch shows. The Chamber files a court case or amicus brief roughly every other day of the five-day work week, according to the report (PDF), “Chamber of Litigation.” And despite its claim to represent small businesses, only 7 percent of the cases have been in favor of small business.

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For Immediate Release: 1/5/16

U.S. Chamber Attacks Council Aimed at Keeping ‘Too Big’ Institutions From Failing

Public Citizen Report Shows That Chamber Is Trying to Help Major Contributor Avoid Federal Reserve Oversight

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has strongly opposed centralized oversight of “nonbank” financial companies that precipitated the 2008 financial crisis and has fought to help a major contributor avoid heightened standards, according to a new report (PDF) from Public Citizen’s U.S. Chamber Watch.The report, “Undermining FSOC,” examines the Chamber’s advocacy regarding the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC), which consists of financial regulators and was created as part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to identify risks to the financial stability of the United States.


For Immediate Release: 12/10/15

Extent of Chamber Attacks on Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Revealed in New Report
Analysis Highlights How U.S. Chamber of Commerce Works for Wall Street at the Expense of Consumers

As congressional Republicans threaten to shut down the government over ideological policy provisions including an attempt to eviscerate the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Public Citizen’s U.S. Chamber Watch released a report documenting the business lobby’s efforts and arguments against the new agency’s benefits to consumers.


For Immediate Release: 12/3/15

U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Attacks on Wall Street Reform Are Based on Policies Harmful to Small Businesses and Consumers, Report Shows
Analysis Highlights How Chamber Is Proxy in Washington for Big Banks

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s sweeping attacks against Wall Street reform are based on policies unsupported by evidence, harmful to small business and consumers, and largely beneficial to Wall Street, according to an analysis by Public Citizen’s U.S. Chamber Watch.

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For Immediate Release: 1/14/15
State of American Business Preview: Corporate America Is Strong, But Regular People Suffer – From Policies the U.S. Chamber Pushes
Statement of Robert Weissman, President, Public Citizen, Host of U.S. Chamber Watch

Today, Tom Donohue, the head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the lobby group for Big Business, gives his annual State of American Business address…. Although corporate America is living larger than ever before, the odds are overwhelming that Donohue in his address will complain about the imaginary shackles on Big Business and demand still more subsidies and deals that aid the world’s biggest companies but hurt America and Americans. The odds are overwhelming because Donohue pretty much gives the same speech every year.

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For Immediate Release: 11/13/14
Google’s Rapidly Expanding Political Activity and Information Collection Systems Present Cause for Concern
Google is so rapidly expanding both its information-collecting capabilities and its political clout that it could become too powerful to be held accountable, a new Public Citizen report finds. “Mission Creep-y: Google Is Quietly Becoming One of the Nation’s Most Powerful Political Forces While Expanding Its Information-Collection Empire” looks at the ways Google is accruing power both in terms of the information it collects about the public and the sway it has over federal and state governments, as well as civil society.


For Immediate Release: 10/29/14
Report: U.S. Chamber of Commerce Dominates Undisclosed Spending in Congressional Races
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is both the largest overall spender in the 2014 congressional elections among outside groups that do not disclose their contributors and the largest such spender in 28 of the 35 races in which it has gotten involved, Public Citizen reported today.


For Immediate Release: 10/7/14
Local Chambers Tell Supreme Court: U.S. Chamber of Commerce Does Not Represent Our Interests in BP Case
Eight local chambers of commerce have filed an amicus brief (PDF) at the U.S. Supreme Court, stating that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce does not represent their interests in the U.S. Chamber’s amicus filing in a Supreme Court case related to the BP oil disaster.


For Immediate Release: 9/23/14
Google Takes Step to Rectify Conflicting Climate Message: Public Citizen Calls for Google to Also Leave U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Public Citizen applauds Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt for doing the right thing and declaring that Google will withdraw support from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) over that organization’s denial of climate change and obstruction of action to deal with the looming climate crisis. To be consistent, Google must also stop supporting the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.


For Immediate Release: 6/5/14
Opening of Google’s New and Expanded Capitol Hill Office Makes Evident Its Growing Political Spending and Lobbying Activity
Monday’s opening of Google’s new Capitol Hill office, a 55,000 square-foot space less than a mile from the U.S. Capitol, symbolizes the company’s growing political activity and nontransparent expenditures, Public Citizen said today. Google did not respond to two phone messages and an email inquiry from Public Citizen about the purpose of this office, but multiple media reports have interpreted it to be used for lobbying and political activity purposes.


For Immediate Release: 5/29/14
U.S. Chamber Opposition to Forthcoming EPA Greenhouse Gas Regulations Lacks Substance, Wrongly Scapegoats EPA as Cause of Coal’s Decline
On June 2, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to propose the first-ever national limits on carbon pollution emitted by existing power plants. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is attempting to pre-empt the rules with warnings about their purported effects.


For Immediate Release: 5/22/14
U.S. Chamber Opposition to CEO-Median Employee Pay Disclosure Reveals How Much Big Businesses Have to Hide
Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a report titled, “The Egregious Costs of the SEC’s Pay-Ratio Disclosure Regulation.” The calculation in question is part of a section of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act that requires publicly traded companies to disclose the CEO’s pay as a multiple of the median-paid employee at the firm. The report includes a survey by four trade associations that claim it would take 952 hours to calculate the median of company pay for the average firm.


For Immediate Release: 5/20/14
Shareholders Gain Momentum in Quest for Transparency in Political Spending by Major Companies
Shareholders are gaining momentum with demands for public companies to disclose their political spending, with the most recent advancement coming after a large rally last week outside the Google Inc. annual shareholder meeting at the Googleplex in Mountain View, followed by an acknowledgement by Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt that the company has heard the demands and will respond with ideas on how to address them. Votes representing more than 60 million Google shares were in favor of greater political spending disclosure.


For Immediate Release: 5/14/14
Shareholders and Activists Call on Google to Increase Political Spending Transparency, Lead on Climate Action, and Treat Its Workers Respectfully
Shareholders and activists from around the country and region are rallying today at Google’s shareholder meeting, calling on the tech giant to stay true to its stated commitments to transparency, an open Internet and climate action by disclosing its lobbying spending and leaving the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) – two powerful groups that oppose those values.


For Immediate Release: 2/26/14
Securities Markets Need Private Class-Action Lawsuits
Private securities lawsuits are a necessary tool in preventing fraud and protecting investors, according to a new report released today by Public Citizen’s Chamber Watch program. The report disproves misleading arguments made by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund on March 5.


For Immediate Release: 2/6/14
Majority of Donations to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Given by Just 64 Entities
More than half of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s contributions in 2012 came from just 64 donors, according to a new report released today by Public Citizen’s U.S. Chamber Watch program.


For Immediate Release: 1/15/14
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Energy Platform: Raise Gasoline Prices and Fatten Profits for Big Oil
Today, Big Oil demonstrated its influence over the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which issued a wish list that prioritizes profits for big energy companies at the expense of higher energy prices for families and reduced safety for the environment and workers.


For Immediate Release: 1/8/14
More Tired Bromides From U.S. Chamber President Tom Donohue
In his annual State of American Business address, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Donohue once again presented a skewed picture of the state of the economy.


For Immediate Release: 11/21/13
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Attempting to Undermine Anti-Bribery Law, Public Citizen Report Shows
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has been attempting since 2010 to weaken the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), asking for changes to the law that would make it easier for companies to bribe foreign officials and would hurt the economy overall, according to a new report released today by Public Citizen’s U.S. Chamber Watch program.


For Immediate Release: 10/28/13
U.S. Chamber Contributors Almost Completely Secret, Public Citizen Study Finds
Twenty-four corporations that voluntarily disclosed information about their donations to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce gave the trade association $6.5 million in non-tax-deductible contributions last year, which is significant because that money can be used to influence elections.


For Immediate Release: 6/6/13
Google’s Lack of Political Spending Transparency Threatens Brand, Hurts Democracy
Shareholders, Consumers and Citizens Urge Google to Disclose Political Spending, Leave U.S. Chamber of Commerce


For Immediate Release: 5/23/13
Unemployed Workers Walk from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. to Tell U.S. Chamber of Commerce to Stop Blocking Green Jobs
A group of unemployed workers is walking more than 140 miles from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. in order to demand that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce stop blocking efforts to create green jobs. The action, called Operation Green Jobs, will culminate in a rally at the headquarters of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Friday, May 24 at 10 am.


For Immediate Release: 1/10/13
Here Comes Chicken Little; Same Big Business Agenda for the U.S. Chamber
Statement of Robert Weissman, President, Public Citizen


For Immediate Release: 11/1/12
Dominance of U.S. Chamber spending in congressional races highlights need for disclosure, reform


For Immediate Release: 10/19/12
New Report: Here’s What Nearly 30 Corporations Gave the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Last Year
Chamber Spends Big on Elections, but Lack of Disclosure Requirements Hinders Ability to Trace Money to Source


For Immediate Release: 10/19/12
One Hundred Years of Secrets and Lies
National groups, small business representatives call on U.S. Chamber of Commerce to disclose the sources of funds behind its dark money electoral advertising


For Immediate Release: 10/12/12
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Endorsements Belie True Agenda: Speaking for Big Business
Chamber Is Making Endorsements in Races Throughout the Country


For Immediate Release: 9/28/12
Shadowy Money From U.S. Chamber of Commerce Pours Into Nine California Congressional Races
Trade Organization Injects $3.3 Million Into Races for U.S. House of Representatives


For Immediate Release: 9/18/12
Shadowy Money From U.S. Chamber of Commerce Pours Into Ohio
Trade Organization Weighs in on Senate Race, Likely to Inject Major Cash


For Immediate Release: 7/27/12
U.S. Chamber’s Pro-Fracking Tour Proves Its Limited Knowledge of Energy Realities
Statement by Tyson Slocum, Director, Public Citizen’s Energy Program


For Immediate Release: 9/13/11
Report: Regulations Spur Reluctant Industries to Innovate
New Public Citizen Report Details Improvements, Cost Savings, Protections in Wake of Regulatory Action


For Immediate Release: 7/25/11
Novel Website Exposes U.S. Chamber of Commerce Regulatory Snake Oil Tour
Bayh, Card Revealed as Hucksters Peddling Dangerous Snake Oil


For Immediate Release: 6/7/11
Evan Bayh and Andy Card Should Know Better
Statement by Robert Weissman, President, Public Citizen


For Immediate Release: 2/7/11
Enough of the Olive Branches to Big Business
Statement by Robert Weissman, President of Public Citizen, on Obama’s Visit to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce


For Immediate Release: 2/7/11
In Speech to U.S. Chamber, Obama Gets It Wrong on Trade, Jobs
Statement of Lori Wallach, Director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch

For Immediate Release: 1/20/10
‘Yes Men’ Prank Against Chamber Is Protected by First Amendment, Public Citizen Tells Court
Trademark Law Does Not Cover Political Speech


For Immediate Release: 2/2/09
Obama’s Rumored Choice for Justice Department Post Has Long History of Working Against Consumer Rights
WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Obama’s reported choice to head the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) main policymaking unit has a long record of championing laws to shield corporations from accountability at the expense of ordinary Americans, Public Citizen said in a report released today.


For Immediate Release: 7/29/08
Chamber Research Flawed; Empirical Studies Prove That Arbitration Harms Consumers
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Two recent papers published or financially supported by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform paint a grossly inaccurate picture of the empirical evidence on binding mandatory arbitration, a comprehensive study issued today by Public Citizen reveals.


For Immediate Release: 10/31/06
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Failed to Report Electioneering Spending and Grants
Statement of Joan Claybrook, Public Citizen President


For Immediate Release: 10/31/06
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Failed to Report Electioneering Spending and Grants, Public Citizen Asks IRS to Investigate
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).


For Immediate Release: 10/11/05
Enforcement Action Sought in Case Stemming From U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Covert Funneling of $1.5 Million Into Washington Attorney General Race
A petition filed today with the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission by Public Citizen, a retired Washington State Supreme Court chief justice and a law professor seeks enforcement action against a U.S. Chamber of Commerce subsidiary for the covert funneling of $1.5 million into the 2004 Washington state attorney general race.


For Immediate Release: 5/26/05
Consumer Groups Express Strong Support for Law Enforcement Efforts of Attorneys General Nationwide
In response to a U.S. Chamber of Commerce conference held here today to explore the effects of so-called “activist” state attorneys general, consumer groups highlighted just a handful of the many achievements for the public of state attorneys general across the country, calling them “a critical bulwark of protection against fraud and unfair and deceptive practices.”


For Immediate Release: 3/21/05
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Distorts NAFTA Record, Hides potential CAFTA Costs to United States, Central America
While Central American ambassadors continue to travel the United States as part of a U.S. Chamber of Commerce-sponsored public relations tour to promote a proposed Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) NAFTA expansion, a new study by Public Citizen exposes the flawed methodology around the Chamber’s claims about CAFTA’s potential affects on the United States and Central America.


For Immediate Release: 3/8/05
New U.S. Chamber of Commerce Poll Ranking States’ Liability Systems Is Part of a Disinformation Campaign to Restrict Consumer Rights
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s 2005 State Liability Systems Ranking Study, the latest salvo in its ongoing attack on consumers’ and patients’ legal rights, meets the same scientific standard as its reports of prior years: politically driven propaganda that grafts corporate bias onto flawed methodology, according to a critique by the national consumer group Public Citizen.


For Immediate Release: 2/21/05
Chamber President Tom Donohue Has Vested Interest in Campaign to Limit Consumers’ Legal Rights as Steward of Two Scandal-Marred Companies
Tom Donohue has a vested interest in the national campaign to limit corporate accountability because the U.S. Chamber of Commerce president sits on the boards of two scandal-ridden corporations, according to a Public Citizen report released today.