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Who Funds The Chamber Of Commerce? HuffPost Readers Respond

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HuffPost readers responded to our request for more information about the companies and organizations which fund and support the Chamber of Commerce, which has been outspoken in its opposition to health care reform, climate change legislation and financial reform.

For the following list, we chose to also include Chamber affiliates, such as the Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, the National Chamber Litigation Center, National Chamber Foundation, the Center for International Private Enterprise and the Business Civic Leadership Center. In addition, the corporate affiliations of the Chamber's leadership and board of directors have been highlighted.

The Chamber's board of directors includes executives from the following companies and organizations:

3M (Boston, MA)
A.O. Smith Corporation (Milwaukee, WI)
AEGON N.V., Retired
AGCO Corporation (Duluth, GA)
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
Alcoa, Inc.
Alpha Technologies, Inc.
American Medical Association
American Water Works Company
Anheuser-Busch Companies
Arnel & Affiliates (Costa Mesa, CA)
Authentix, Inc. (Addison, TX)
Awkard & Associates
Buffalo Supply Inc. (Lafayette, CO)
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation
CAIVIS Acquisition Corp.
Caterpillar Inc.
CNL Financial Group, Inc.
COMSYS Information Technology Services (Gaithersburg, MD)
Con-way Inc.
Constangy, Brooks & Smith LLC (Macon, GA)
Cumberland Foreside (ME)
CUNA Mutual Group
CVS Caremark Corporation
Deere & Company
Deloitte LLP
DonahueFavret Contractors Holding Company (Mandeville, LA)
Duke Energy Corp.
Eastman Kodak Company
Edward Jones
Entergy Services, Inc.
FedEx Express
Fluor Corporation
Fox Entertainment Group
Harrah's Entertainment, Inc.
High Companies
HPA Strategies
Hutchison Advisors
Ingram Industries (Nashville, TN)
International Bancshares Corporation
International Merchants, L.L.C.
Human Genome Sciences, Inc.
Hawk Corporation (Cleveland, OH)
KCI Technologies, Inc. (Sparks, MD)
Kirby Financial, LLC (Sioux Falls, SD)
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Leading Authorities, Inc.
Lockheed Martin
Massey Energy Company
Melaleuca, Inc. (Idaho Falls, ID)
Memphis Chemical & Janitorial Supply Company
MI Industries
Mindover Corp. (Canyon Lake, TX)
Mountain Plains Equity Group, Inc.
My Chef Catering (Naperville, IL)
Nana Development Corporation (Anchorage, AK)
National Association of Chain Drug Stores
National Black Chamber of Commerce
Navistar, Inc.
New York Life Insurance Company
Norfolk Southern
Nortex Holdings, Inc. (Providence, RI)
Oldcastle, Inc. (Atlanta, GA)
Paper and Chemical Supply Company
Peabody Energy
PEPCO Holdings Inc.
PERMAC Industries
Pfizer Inc.
Pool Corporation
Quam-Nichols Company, Inc.
Rolls-Royce North America
RPM International, Inc.
Ruan Transportation Management Systems
Ryder System, Inc.
Siemens Corporation
Silgan Holdings (Shelburne, VT)
Southern Company
J.R.'s Stockyards Inn
Spencer Stuart
Stanwich Group LLC
State Farm Insurance Companies
Sunrise Senior Living, Inc. (McLean, VA)
Tandy Leather Factory, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Telcom Ventures, L.L.C.
The Carlyle Group
The Charles Schwab Corporation
The Coaching Group, LLC
The Dow Chemical Company
The Robertson Foundation
Tramco, Inc. (Wichita, KS)
UniGroup, Inc. (Fenton, MO)
United Parcel Service
US Airways
VAST Solutions, LLC (Tuskegee, AL)
Vulcan Materials Company (Birmingham, AL)
Walker Information (Indianapolis, IN)
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.

The National Chamber Foundation's board of directors includes executives from the following companies and organizations:

Adelphi Capital, LLC
Affiliated Computer Services
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
America Online
American Apparel & Footwear Association
Anheuser-Busch Companies
Appleton & Associates
Associated Equipment Distributors
Cardinal Health System, Inc.
Cisco Systems
Distilled Spirits Council of the United States
Domino's Pizza, Inc.
Engineering Systems Solutions (Frederick, MD)
EverFi Inc.
Food Market Institute
Georgetown University Medical Center
Harris Interactive
Heritage Foundation
K & Z Partners, LLC
Kemp Partners
Landstar System, Inc.
Leading Authorities, Inc.
Liberty Mutual Group
Lockheed Martin
MacNair Travel Management, Inc. (Alexandria, VA)
ManattJones Global Strategies, LLC
McGuire Woods LLP
McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP
National Association of Broadcasters
National Roofing Contractors Association
New Jersey Chamber of Commerce
New Media Strategies
New York Private Bank & Trust
Nike, Inc.
Perot Systems
Public Strategies
Ruan Transportation Management Systems (Des Moines, IA)
SAP AG (Newton Square, PA)
Soluciones Estrategicas (Mexico)
Spencer Stuart
Stonebridge International, LLC
Sunrise Senior Living, Inc
Tecta America Corporation (Skokie, IL)
Telcom Ventures, LLC (Alexandria, VA)
The Cambridge Group (Chicago, IL)
The Fairfax Group
The Robertson Foundation
Trailmobile Corporation (Lake Forest, IL)
Tygris Commercial Finance Group
Wells Fargo Bank

Business Civic Leadership Center's current and past corporate sponsors:

Abbott Laboratories
Aflac Incorporated
Allstate Corporation
Alpine Banks of Colorado
AltruShare Securities, LLC.
American International Group, Inc.
Anheuser-Busch Companies
AOL Time Warner
APCO Worldwide, Inc.
ArvinMeritor, Inc.
Bacardi-Martini, Inc.
Banco Popular North America
Bank of America
Baxter International Inc.
Bayer Corporation
Best Buy Co., Inc.
Booz Allen Hamilton
Capital One
Cargill, Inc.
CEMEX Mexico
Chevron Corporation
CHOICES Educational Fund
ChoicePoint Inc.
Citizens Financial Group/Citizens Charitable Foundation
Community Reinvestment Fund, USA
Computer Associates
ConAgra Foods, Inc.
Creative Associates International, Inc.
Create Hope
Daimler Chrysler
DeHavilland Associates
Deloitte & Touche, LLP
Discovery Communications, Inc.
Disneyland Resorts
Dominion Resources, Inc.
Dow Chemical Company
Epstein, Becker & Green, P.C.
Erickson Retirement
Ernst & Young
Fairmount Minerals and Subsidiaries
Fannie Mae
FedEx Corporation
Florida, Power & Light
Freddie Mac
General Electric
General Mills, Inc.
General Motors
Genworth Financial
Global Business Giving
Green Mountain Coffee
Health Care Service Corporation
Hess Corporation
HSBC - North America
IBM Corporation
ING Foundation
Intel Corporation
International Paper
JK Group, Inc.
Johnson Controls
JPMorgan Chase
Junior Achievement of the National Captial Area
Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Legg Mason
Lockheed Martin
Mainstream GS
Marathon Oil Company
Marriott International, Inc.
MassMutual Financial Group
McDonald's Corporation
Merck & Co., Inc.
Microsoft Corporation
Miller & Long Concrete Construction, Inc.
Mohawk Fine Papers
Morgan Stanley
Office Depot
Pfizer Inc.
Philip Morris USA
Philip Morris Philippines
Polo Ralph Lauren
Progress Energy
Rockwell Collins
Safeway Inc.
SAP America Inc.
SBC Communications Inc.
Siemens Corporation
Simon Youth Foundation
Social Enterprise Alliance
Solvay Pharmaceuticals
Sprint Foundation
Standard & Poor's
State Farm Insurance
Symetra Financial
The Boeing Company
The Coca-Cola Company
The Home Depot, Inc.
The McGraw-Hill Companies
The PNC Financial Services Group
The Shell Foundation (UK)
The Shell Oil Company (USA)
The Washington Times
Time Warner's Cartoon Network
Topics Education
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
U.S. Steel Kosice, s.r.o.
Union Pacific
United Nations Foundation
United Technologies Corporation
Verizon Communications
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Weyerhaeuser Company
Xerox Foundation

The Center for International Private Enterprise's board of directors includes executives from the following companies and organizations:

Alticor, Inc.
Facebook Inc.
Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
Global USA, Inc.
International Development Systems, Inc..
Nike Inc.
Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council
Stanwich Group, LLC
The Fairfax Group
The Heritage Foundation
Triple Creek Ranch
University of South Carolina
Westchester Group LLC

Members of AmCham (American Chambers of Commerce Abroad):

APCO Worldwide
Bank of America
Chang and Cote
China Assoc of Enterprises with Foreign Investment (CAEFI)
Coca Cola China
GPT Group
Healthcare Industry Forum
Insurance Forum
JP Morgan, Beijing
Maryland-China Business Council
McDonald's China
Microsoft Greater China Region
Peabody Energy
PriceWaterHouse Coopers
Skadden Arps
SmithKline Beecham
United Family Hospitals
United Technologies
US-Pacific Rim Intl
Walmart China
Wella Cosmetics
Wushu Federation
Yaolan New Media

Several respondents, including former leaders of local Chambers of Commerce, claimed that they were increasingly being funded by local banks, insurance agents and realtors rather than Main Street retailers and that many local municipalities require small businesses to pay an annual fee to the chamber before validating their business licenses.

In addition, one member emphasized "the need to know who funds the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for the purposes of this discussion and effort to make them transparent and accountable," noting that the thousands of local chambers do not necessarily support the national chamber.

And John Coffey, the general manager of Beta Motorsports, a La Habra, California-based company which offers welding and fabrication services and products to race car drivers, was emphatic in his support for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce:

I fund the chamber to the tune of $360 a year. I'm a small business man and I support what the Chamber is doing. There are hundreds of thousands of small businesses like mine that support both the local and national Chambers of Commerce and its one of the few organizations trying to help the Main Street small business as opposed to Wall St. big business.

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