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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