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Did ExxonMobil Just Admit It's Still Funding Climate Science Deniers?

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.23.2015 | Green
Elliott Negin

Asked on PBS NewHour whether ExxonMobil funds climate change denier organizations to malign mainstream climate science, ExxonMobil's vice president of public and government affairs replied, "Well, the answer is yes... And I will let those organizations respond for themselves."

Industry Spins the Revolving Door: Ben Quayle to Lobby on Asbestos Bill He Authored

Alex Formuzis | Posted 11.17.2015 | Politics
Alex Formuzis

Ben Quayle, who during his one House term authored legislation to delay or deny compensation to sick and dying asbestos victims, has been hired to lobby for -- you guessed it -- legislation to delay or deny compensation to sick and dying asbestos victims.

U.S. Chamber-Backed Bill Bashed by Chamber Audience

Alex Formuzis | Posted 10.29.2015 | Politics
Alex Formuzis

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for Legal Reform just devoted much of an entire day bemoaning the proliferation of breaches of Americans' personal data.

Why Did CNN's Dana Bash 'Cry Wolf' About Paid Family Leave? Is She Working for the Chamber of Commerce?

Peter Dreier | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

There's plenty of evidence that paid family leave is not a "job killer." Rather than simply repeat what Fiorina said, a responsible journalist who had done her fact-checking homework would have pointed out that Fiorina was lying -- or at least misinformed.

For-Profit Colleges Enlist Capitol Hill Supplicants, U.S. Chamber in Renewed Push Against Obama Rule

David Halperin | Posted 10.08.2015 | College
David Halperin

In many cases these schools charge too much, and they spend too little on instruction. As to admitting students whom the program won't help, sometimes these owners say they just can't predict who will succeed and who won't.

Most States Can Easily Comply With the EPA's Clean Power Plan, So Why Are Some Trying to Kill It?

Elliott Negin | Posted 08.02.2015 | Green
Elliott Negin

Next week, the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to announce what may be the Obama administration's most far-reaching climate change initiative: its final rule for cleaning up existing electric power plants. Dubbed the Clean Power Plan, it will require each state to submit its own individual strategy for cutting emissions.

Chamber of Commerce Threatens Health of Americans

Laurent Huber | Posted 07.30.2015 | World
Laurent Huber

An opinion piece published on July 30 by Al Jazeera exposes the work of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on behalf of the tobacco industry in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement negotiations.

Money Cannot Be The God of Life: How CEO Pay Drives Inequality

Heather Gautney | Posted 07.22.2015 | Politics
Heather Gautney

Lawmakers have failed to keep the wage apace with inflation so that its value is now less than it was five decades ago.

US Chamber of Commerce -- A Smokescreen for Big Tobacco

Lisa Gilbert | Posted 07.16.2015 | Politics
Lisa Gilbert

Clearly, there is a deep conflict of interest between the Chamber's aggressiveness on tobacco and the interests of its health-related members. So why is the Chamber so brazenly pursuing the interests of Big Tobacco?

Mission Transition: Much Accomplished, But More to Do

Dakota Meyer | Posted 07.06.2015 | Impact
Dakota Meyer

It was an honor to present at last week's Mission Transition summit in Washington, D.C., alongside President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush. I joined decision-makers from every sector and industry to discuss the transition process for post-9/11 veterans and military families. And I have to say, I am encouraged by what I saw.

Go Local

Josh Gershonowicz | Posted 05.05.2015 | Small Business
Josh Gershonowicz

One of the most efficient and cost-effective decisions a small business can make is to invest in their community by joining their local chamber of ...

Insurers Hire a Liberal Congresswoman to Lead Their Newest Phony Front Group

Wendell Potter | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
Wendell Potter

The health insurance industry took advantage of Washington's infamous revolving door last week when it named former Rep. Allyson Schwartz of Pennsylvania, perceived by many to be a liberal Democrat, as the face of its latest K Street-operated front group.

Christina Wilkie

Top Lobbying Groups Spent $64 Million To Influence Congress, White House | Christina Wilkie | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The top 10 lobbying spenders shelled out a combined $64 million in the first three months of this year to influence federal policy, acco...

Energy Firms, Health Insurers Deftly Use Others to Spread Propaganda

Wendell Potter | Posted 06.13.2015 | Politics
Wendell Potter

While we know how much insurers and oil and gas companies dole out to political campaigns and lobbyists, we don't have a clue how much of their cash is used to establish front groups or how much of it winds up in the pockets of either pundits for hire or tax-exempt organizations that do their bidding.

Taking Control of the Transition

Dakota Meyer | Posted 06.06.2015 | Impact
Dakota Meyer

Although the employment situation for veterans has improved since I left the military, the most recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics tells me we still have work to do. Every man and woman who has honorably worn the uniform of this country has the ability to make our nation stronger. I know because they already have.

Armchair Quarterbacking of the Unemployment Rate

Wendy N. Powell | Posted 04.05.2015 | Politics
Wendy N. Powell

While the unemployment rate is respected as the final score and indicator of employment in the U.S., we feel like it is humming along consistent with a commendable 5.6 percent rate of unemployment. Clearly, this is not the only measure that should be considered.

Resources Without Accountability Won't Work Any Better Than Accountability Without Resources

Kati Haycock | Posted 04.18.2015 | Education
Kati Haycock

At first, our coalition of national civil rights, business, and disabilities organizations may seem like odd bedfellows. Indeed, during the course of...

Is Your Head of HR Thinking About Supply Chain Management?

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 01.20.2015 | Business
Julian L. Alssid

Amidst what seems like 1,000 panel discussions in 1,000 Washington, DC conference rooms every month, a truly revolutionary idea for unlocking business growth emerged from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation just before Thanksgiving.

CSX Civil Lawsuit, Midterm Victories Are Tort Reform Victories (Update)

Sara Warner | Posted 01.11.2015 | Politics
Sara Warner

Don't look now, but the midterm elections are not the only huge November win for the politically conservative Koch brothers, and likely not even their most relevant. The CSX Transportation company, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, also scored a huge civil court victory.

Paul Blumenthal

Remember Who Held Election's Purse Strings As Congress Sets 2015 Agenda | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Following the Republican wave that swept away the Democratic Senate majority last week, reporters, advocates and pundits debated the eff...

Paul Blumenthal

Current and Incoming Republican Senators Set Out Pro-Corporate Agenda For Next Congress | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans senators, including those already in office and incoming new members, discussed across morning television shows on Sunday wh...

Win or Lose, Big Money Still Matters in Politics

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

While big donors like Tom Steyer and the Democratic Party insiders running Democratic-leaning outside spending groups might not be celebrating over it now, big money -- even losing big money -- matters in Washington.

Chamber Of Commerce Not Helping Republican In Close Senate Race

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 10.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The most powerful business group in the country is spending tens of millions of dollars to help Republicans win control of the Sen...

Climate Change Emerging as Hot Topic in Key Senate Races

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 12.13.2014 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

The issue of climate change has emerged in nearly every Senate race this election season. Candidates are discussing it, debate moderators are asking about it, and journalists are covering it.

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt and the Chamber of Climate Liars

Rick Claypool | Posted 11.29.2014 | Politics
Rick Claypool

Bravo to Schmidt for withdrawing Google's membership over ALEC's climate denialist agenda.