Google, Pepsi, IBM and dozens of other companies you know are funding a shadowy organization that wants to buy our election for mega-corporations.
It’s time for them to quit the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Wow - you really don’t like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, do you?
When we asked the SumOfUs.org community whether to take on the Chamber, we expected a positive response. But we didn’t expect that 97 percent of you would tell us to go for it -- and then pitch in more than $30,000 to help us cover campaign expenses. So here we go.
It’s no surprise that people want to fight the Chamber. The shadowy trade association has had its hand in almost every bad thing that’s happened in Washington for decades -- from the financial deregulation that led to the Great Recession to Congress’s failure to address climate change. Now the Chamber wants to buy the November election on behalf of anonymous corporate donors, and if it succeeds there will be disastrous consequences for our economy, environment, and the power ordinary citizens have over our lives.
It’s time to tell the corporations that feed our families and connect us to our friends that if they want our business, they need to keep their hands off our democracy.
With plans to spend up to $100 million dollars influencing this election, the U.S. Chamber is one of the greatest threats to democracy in America. And since Citizens United opened the floodgates for corporate spending on elections, we can expect even worse in the future unless we work to shut it down now.
The good news is we have power over this situation. The Chamber’s corporate backers don’t want their brands associated with buying elections, cutting taxes for the rich, violating workers’ rights, and destroying the environment. SumOfUs.org members have already taken on some of the world’s largest corporations; together we dealt major blows to two of America’s most powerful right wing “think tanks,” ALEC and the Heartland Institute -- and we’re ready to do it again.
The U.S. Chamber’s destructive and short-sighted policies have already begun to alienate relatively responsible companies. Three years ago, Apple quit over the Chamber’s die-hard opposition to any climate legislation and Nike quit the executive committee. After the Chamber took a stand against internet freedom and backed SOPA and PIPA, Yahoo quit, and Google let it be known that it was considering leaving as well.
Thanks for standing up for our democracy,
Rob, Kaytee and the rest of us