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Fri Nov 9, 2012, 10:57 AM

For U.S. Chamber of Commerce, election was a money-loser

Source: Washington Post

The day after an election in which the U.S. Chamber of Commerce spent millions of dollarsbacking losing Republican candidates, executives began the brutal process of assessing what went wrong at the nationís leading business organization.

The Chamber spent nearly $24 million to defeat several high-profile Democratic Senate candidates, including Sen. Sherrod Brown in Ohio, former governor Timothy M. Kaine in Virginia and Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. But out of 15 Senate races where the business organization put down money, only two went the Chamberís way.

The results were not much better in the House, where the Chamber poured more than $7 million into 22 races, according to the CRP. The Chamberís candidates picked up only four wins.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/for-chamber-of-commerce-election-was-a-money-loser/2012/11/07/ce32327c-2920-11e2-96b6-8e6a7524553f_story.html

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Reply For U.S. Chamber of Commerce, election was a money-loser (Original post)
kpete Nov 2012 OP
codjh9 Nov 2012 #1
cally Nov 2012 #2
mac56 Nov 2012 #3
maddogesq Nov 2012 #4
flamingdem Nov 2012 #5
DCKit Nov 2012 #17
Hydra Nov 2012 #22
progressivebydesign Nov 2012 #6
DinahMoeHum Nov 2012 #9
Tommy_Carcetti Nov 2012 #11
Viva_La_Revolution Nov 2012 #12
We People Nov 2012 #16
Viva_La_Revolution Nov 2012 #23
denvine Nov 2012 #7
freshwest Nov 2012 #14
Hissyspit Nov 2012 #8
SoapBox Nov 2012 #15
otohara Nov 2012 #10
Kablooie Nov 2012 #13
Demeter Nov 2012 #18
loudsue Nov 2012 #26
The Last Democrat Nov 2012 #19
L0oniX Nov 2012 #20
The Stranger Nov 2012 #21
ProudProgressiveNow Nov 2012 #24
loudsue Nov 2012 #25
struggle4progress Nov 2012 #27

Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 11:01 AM

1. Great. Just like Rove's 'successes', the LV kingpin's megabux down the drain, etc.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 11:01 AM

2. makes me happy!!!

recommended

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 11:03 AM

3. More good news during a good-news week.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 11:05 AM

4. As always, the world's smallest violin plays "My Heart Bleeds."

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 11:05 AM

5. They are baggers using the good name of the Chamber n/t

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Response to flamingdem (Reply #5)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 11:58 AM

17. Used to be the model of everything right in the U.S.... not so much now. nt

 

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Response to flamingdem (Reply #5)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 01:11 PM

22. The Chamber has really gone off the rails the last few years

I think it's a symptom of Capitalism in decay- all of the things they're doing make perfect capital sense, but put society and people aside as concerns.

I think money has become more important than people.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 11:08 AM

6. The US Chamber has no clue about business...

I'm beginning to realize that all they are is a big checkbook for Karl Rove and his pals. Some fat cats at the top are making the decisions, and wasting a lot of money.

If they were true business people, they'd look at the FACTS, and see that this President, like the last Democratic president, is GREAT for business. If they were truly interesting in helping America's businesses, they would focus on the assault on the middle class and the small businesses, since the 1980s.

Until someone addresses the fact that the top 1% is paying a fraction of the taxes they paid under Reagan, and as a result, the American spender (who drives the economy) will continue to decline. Add to that the jobs being shipped overseas, and Americans will never recover (well, the 99% of them, anyway.)

I cancelled my Chamber memberships, as I found even on the local level, to be ignorant and republican, and anti-small business. It's why I gave up real estate, too.

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Response to progressivebydesign (Reply #6)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 11:22 AM

9. True enough. Do you know that the current head of USCOC

has apparently never worked in the private sector at any time in his career?

Tom Donohue ain't nothin' but a $$$$ shakedown artist.

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/features/2010/1007.verini.html

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Response to progressivebydesign (Reply #6)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 11:29 AM

11. I joined my local chamber thinking it was nothing more than a business networking group.

And for the monthly breakfasts.

Unfortunately, soon thereafter I kept on recieving persistant propoganda emails from the local president.

I choose not to renew my membership.

Sort of a shame, because the breakfasts were delicious.

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Response to progressivebydesign (Reply #6)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 11:49 AM

12. my ex-boss, who is a republican hates the Chamber of Congress

and told me to hang up on them when they call peddling their 'fake businessman awards'.

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Response to Viva_La_Revolution (Reply #12)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 11:54 AM

16. You meant "Chamber of Commerce," right?

although "Chamber" and "Congress" are two words often found together!

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Response to We People (Reply #16)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 01:23 PM

23. oops. I did.

but I think I'll leave it.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 11:10 AM

7. That only makes me smile. The good guys won the big money lost.

Next battle, overturn Citizens United.

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Response to denvine (Reply #7)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 11:53 AM

14. The only advantage from Citizens United was to make the not-so-civic citizens lose a pile of money.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 11:11 AM

8. Chamber of Right-Wing Extremism is a more accurate name.

Corrupt organization.

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Response to Hissyspit (Reply #8)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 11:53 AM

15. Ditto. AND, there needs to be endless coverage of such...

Also other slime ball criminal groups, like the Heritage "Foundation", etc...they're just front groups for the KKKochs and Turd Rove types.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 11:29 AM

10. Applause - Bravo - Yeehaw

hateful MF's

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 11:50 AM

13. No. It can't be. They are a professional business organization and know how to manage money.

I mean, that what they do.
There's no way a businessman would squander $24 million.
They must have just invested it in a long term investment that will pay stellar dividends sometime before the sun super novas.


(OK. I was exaggerating. The sun isn't big enough to super nova.)

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 12:44 PM

18. Their Losses Have Just BEGUN

The time of repentance is nigh!

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Response to Demeter (Reply #18)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 03:14 PM

26. I hope you're right, Demeter. The C of C has hurt this country immeasurably since

they went full-hog on the Powell Manifesto in the 70's & 80's.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 12:53 PM

19. Chamber of Commerce!


The chamber of commerce is as phony as a three dollar bill. My wife, one the girls in the ladies day golf club in our area were supporting a golf tournament and ladies were coming from all over the western part of the state to play in the tournament. My wife job was to get the brochures printed up with all the hotels/motels, restaurants for meals and other places in the city for their entertainment while there were here, two day deal. I took her down to the local chamber of commerce for some help in preparing what she needed, what joke that was, no help at all and could not even tell her where she get any. Make a long story shorter we when out to the local visiting center along the Interstate and got all the help she needed, they even did the drafting of the brochures as well as printing them up, and the best part, as i remember it was free.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 01:05 PM

20. Ask me if I give a f*ck.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 01:09 PM

21. One of the most disgusting piece-of-shit organizations there is.

Hope they fucking rot and go bankrupt.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 02:28 PM

24. K&R nt

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 03:01 PM

25. America is not buying the snake oil the corporatists are selling.

It's not hard to understand at all.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 04:59 PM

27. ah dearie! it brings the tears to me eyes!

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