Last week, an explosive story was released about the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s foreign fundraising operation.

The story involved the disclosure of fundraising documents U.S. Chamber staffers have distributed to solicit foreign (even state-owned) companies to donate directly to the Chamber’s 501(c)(6). A chart was then published showing at least 80 foreign companies that gave money directly to the Chamber to fund its attack ads.

Even though the use of foreign funds is illegal in American political campaigns, a recent Supreme Court decision known as Citizens United allows the Chamber to hide where it gets its funding from. 

We do know from the list of overseas firms that large foreign entities such as Avarasa Technologies, Dua Associates, and NIT Technologies in India as well as Gulf Petrochemical and Bahrain Petroleum in the Middle East have been leading donors to these Chamber of Commerce attack ads.  Another foreign donor to the Chamber, Wipro, is located in Bangalore, India and brags that it is "India's biggest destination for U.S. offshoring."  Nobody knows the full extent of the number of foreign donors to the Chamber since the organization refuses to disclose its list of donors.

Make no mistake, the Chamber of Commerce has been at the forefront of the outsourcing of good American jobs.  It has lobbied furiously against "Made in America" provisions and has even sent issue alerts to its foreign members warning them about Democratic attempts to kill free trade agreements and place buy-America provisions in bills.Its President, Tom Donohue, stated that Americans need to stop "whining" about outsourcing (Associated Press, 7/5/2004) while arguing that our skills should be upgrades and are somehow inferior to those of foreign workers.   

Now, the Chamber has gone a step further and is actively using money from its foreign outsourcers to fund attacks on those same political leaders who have fought to keep jobs here in the United States.

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It's time to take a stand for our nation, our fellow workers and against these foreign firms that are trying to buy their own American politicians through their donations. 

While you're at it, take a look at the new online tool which tracks who is outsourcing jobs in your community.  You may be amazed by the results.

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  • Every American citizen should consider the alarming influence of foreign interests in this election as a recent Supreme Court decision permits corporations, even foreign ones, to funnel unlimited globs of money into political campaigns. Citizens United also protects the identity of these foreign companies as they attack good candidates who support the American people at the expense of foreign profits. The Chamber of Commerce has collected and dished out 75 million dollars in secret donations. The American people deserve to know where the money is coming from. Saudi sheiks? Bankers in Bahrain? Sweatshop slumlords in India? 85% of this dirty money is earmarked for Republicans who blocked a bill that would reward American companies who hire in the United States and would penalize them for shipping jobs overseas to places like India and China. It's no small coincidence that the top foreign donor to Republicans through the Chamber of Commerce are companies in India who profit when our jobs are sent to India. It's time the Republicans stop putting profits over people and fight alongside the Democrats to protect American jobs. Citizens United is a giveaway to foreign nations and unamerican interests. It's time for all of us to force the Chamber of Commerce to live up to its name. It's supposed to be the US Chamber of Commerce, not the India Chamber of Commerce.

  • The US Chamber of Commerce is spending $75 million to promote candidates who oppose new rules to discourage U.S. firms from shipping jobs overseas, want to repeal the minimum wage and weaken workplace safety.

  • The Chamber of Commerce has repeatedly sent out issue alerts attacking Democratic efforts to encourage businesses to hire locally rather than outsource to foreign counties.

  • The Chamber’s anti-American jobs agenda serves not only the profit-seeking of Wall Street CEOs in the United States, but also works to send jobs overseas to companies that have been found to be involved in funding the Chamber's millions of dollars of attack ads.

  • One firm is Patni Americas, located in Mumbai, India The firm calls itself the "world leader in IT outsourcing and business process outsourcing."

  • We are at a time when millions of Americans are unemployed due to no fault of their own. Remember to hold the Republican politicians who take these illegal foreign donations accountable when you vote this November 2nd.

  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Thursday announced its opposition to Senate legislation providing a payroll tax holiday to U.S. multinational companies that shift overseas jobs to the U.S.

  • In a letter to Senators, Chamber Executive Vice president Bruce Josten said, "Replacing a job that is based in another country with a domestic job does not stimulate economic growth or enhance the competitiveness of American worldwide companies." Now there’s patriotic thinking for you.