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Undermining Dodd-Frank: A Critical Review of the 2015 “Fix. Add. Replace. (FAR)” Agenda of the Center for Capital Market Competitiveness at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

  by Editor   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.   The analysis is contained in the first of three reports …

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Not Buying It: Countering the Chamber’s Anti-Class Action Accounts

By Susan Harley, Deputy Director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division   Lawmakers should not set great store by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s April testimony from attorney John Beisner before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on the Judiciary. In his testimony, Beisner advocated legislation to prevent what he labels “overbroad” or “no-injury” class …

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U.S. Chamber’s New Primary Focus Puts Incumbents in Crosshairs

 By: Aurora Randolph, Congress Watch legal fellow   Massive troves of United States Chamber of Commerce (U.S. Chamber) money in elections are hardly a new occurrence. The Chamber spent $70 million helping elect Republicans in 2014. But as rogue right-wing Republicans continue to yank on the leash of their establishment conservative leadership, reality seems to …

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CVS did the right thing by leaving the U.S. Chamber

By Emma Stockton   Last week, CVS Health did the right thing and cut ties with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. This announcement came in the wake of a series of New York Times articles revealing the Chamber’s role in a global lobbying effort to combat anti-smoking policies. CVS Health’s decision to leave the Chamber follows its 2014 decision to …

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a Smokescreen for Big Tobacco

See this post in original publication   By Lisa Gilbert and John Stewart   The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as the self-described “world’s largest business organization,” has a major influence in public policy both here at home and internationally. A report released today by Tobacco Free Kids, Public Citizen’s U.S. Chamber Watch, Corporate Accountability International and several …

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Blowing Smoke for Big Tobacco

A series of investigative articles by The New York Times beginning June 30, 2015 exposed how the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (U.S. Chamber) has worked systematically in countries around the world to help the tobacco industry fight life-saving measures to reduce tobacco use. The Times articles examined the U.S. Chamber’s multi-pronged approach to fighting measures …

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Dust in the wind

By Susan Harley, deputy director for Public Citizen’s Congress Watch and Keith Wrightson, worker health and safety advocate for Public Citizen’s Congress Watch   Silica dust is currently a major concern for construction workers and workers in other industries. Respirable silica dust particles cannot be seen with the human eye, and it only takes a …

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Chamber ‘Transparency’ Ruse Would Harm Asbestos Victims

By: Susan Harley, Deputy Director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch.   The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is at it again. In his 2015 State of American Business speech, Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue reheated his well-worn rhetoric decrying regulation and consumer protections, calling for limits on civil justice, “overly lenient” trade and tax policies, …

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