Not your hometown chamber
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the nation’s largest lobbying group and one of the leading spenders of dark money on elections.
While its name may conjure up wholesome images of your hometown chamber, the hyper-partisan U.S. Chamber pushes a reactionary agenda that is dangerous for workers, consumers, and the environment.
Here at Chamber Watch, our mission is to expose the threat the U.S. Chamber poses to all of us, our democracy, and our planet. So keep scrolling to learn more about the Chamber, its dangerous agenda, the companies that fund it, and what you can do to fight back!
By Rick Claypool, Research Director for Public Citizen’s President’s Office Local elected officials across the U.S. are facing fierce opposition when the interests of their constituents come in conflict with the demands of ride-hailing corporations like Uber and Lyft. In cities like Austin, Texas, and Boston, Mass., much of the conflict stems from efforts to […]
Do you want to know a dirty little secret about the U.S. Chamber of Commerce? While the Chamber claims to represent the interests of small businesses, the reality is that its primary focus is defending Big Business. Indeed, Chamber President Tom Donohue once stated that small businesses “provide the foot soldiers, and often the political […]
Undermining the FSOC: Chamber Seeks to Roll Back Regulations On Massive Nonbank Financial Institutions
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 from Public Citizen’s U.S. Chamber Watch. This analysis is the last in a series of three reports on the U.S. […]
Undermining the CFPB: Chamber Seeks Light Regulation of Credit Cards by Limiting Powers of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
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. The analysis is contained in the second of three reports […]
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
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 on the Chamber’s attempt to […]
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 actions. A new Public Citizen report, “The Fiction of the ‘No-Injury’ Class […]