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Exclusive: Chamber Receives At Least $885,000 From Over 80 Foreign Companies In Disclosed Donations Alone

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  • The Chamber and the media largely ignored ThinkProgress’ revelation about the Chamber’s direct foreign fundraising to its 501(c)(6) used for attack ads.
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  • Chamber of Commerce Accused of Tax Fraud
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  • Stop the US Chamber of Commerce
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Think Progress

Last week (Oct 3-9), ThinkProgress published an exclusive story about the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s foreign fundraising operation. We noted the Chamber raises money from foreign-owned businesses for its 501(c)(6) entity, the same account that finances its unprecedented $75 million dollar partisan attack ad campaign. While the Chamber is notoriously secretive, the thrust of our story involved the disclosure of fundraising documents U.S. Chamber staffers had been distributing to solicit foreign (even state-owned) companies to donate directly to the Chamber’s 501(c)(6).

We documented three different ways the Chamber fundraises from foreign corporations: (1) An internal fundraising program called “Business Councils” used to solicit direct, largely foreign contributions to the Chamber, (2) Direct contributions from foreign multinationals like BP, Siemens, and Shell Oil, and (3) From the Chamber’s network of AmCham affiliates, which are foreign chambers of the Chamber composed of American and and foreign companies.

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Chamber of Commerce Accused of Tax Fraud, Joshua Holland,  AlterNet<>

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  • A watchdog group charges the CoC violated U.S. tax laws by funneling $18 million from its charitable, non-profit arm into lobbying.
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  • How the Chamber of Commerce Allegedly Laundered Millions in Charity Dollars to Beat Back Financial Reform and Reelect Republicans
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  • Stop The US Chamber of Commerce
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Stop The US Chamber of Commerce, The Velvet Revolution

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We have had enough and it is time to Stop The Chamber. Therefore, we demand the following:
•    Fire Tom Donohue.
•    Drop Corporate Support for the Chamber.
•    Launch A Criminal Investigation Against The Chamber For Fraud, False Tax Filings And Campaign Finance Violations.
•    Ask Congress To Investigate The Chamber.
•    Reorganize The Chamber.
•    Speak Out Against The Chamber. 


The Chamber of Commerce, under the leadership of Tom Donohue, has gone from a well respected trade organization to an extremist political organization dedicated to corrupting American democracy by elevating the profits of big corporations over the well being of the citizens they serve.

The most recent example of this corrupt behavior is the Chamber's announcement that it is spending more than $100 million to defeat initiatives to protect the environment and provide affordable health care to everyone.

Click here to Send A Letter Asking Congress To Investigate The Chamber.

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Senate report: Mismanaged U.S. contractor money aids enemy in Afghanistan

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  • The Senate investigation documents a failure to properly vet, train and supervise Afghan security subcontractors, hired by U.S. and other international firms under multimillion-dollar military contracts, afailure has cost American lives, undermined the U.S. mission and the Afghan government, and "helped play into the hands of the enemy," said Sen. Carl M. Levin (D-Mich.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
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  • How the US Funds the Taliban
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  • The Best Allies Money Can Buy
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  • What You Didn't Know About The Afghan War
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Karen DeYoung, Washington Post | DC

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Ken Mitchell

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The U.S. military has only minimal knowledge of - and exercises virtually no control over - the thousands of Afghans it indirectly pays to guard its installations, including "warlords and strongmen linked to murder, kidnapping, bribery" and to the Taliban, Senate investigators said in a blistering report released Thursday (Oct 7).

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The bipartisan report, compiled after a year-long investigation, notes that the military has recently launched its own investigations of the situation and has taken some steps to address it. In one of the most significant steps, Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, has issued new contractor guidelines.

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How the US Funds the Taliban, Aram Roston, The Nation
In 'grotesque carnival,' contractors pay insurgents to protect supply lines.

The Best Allies Money Can Buy, Thomas L. Friedman,  New York Times | NY

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  • I prefer our public services to be provided as much as possible by public servants motivated by, and schooled in, the common good and simple patriotism — not profits or private ambitions.
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  • No precise number for contractors in Iraq, Afghanistan
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What You Didn't Know About The Afghan War, Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Gary Kohls
This is a video in support of  Matthew Hoh, ex-Marine and diplomat who resigned in protest over fraudulent war
"One of the most powerful and concise antiwar videos I've seen: It needs wide distribution." -- Antiwar Activist Gary Kohls

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Incumbent John Kline's (R-MN) lips are sealed

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With so little attention on his race, he clearly feels safe ignoring his challenger.

Nick Coleman, Minneapolis Star Tribune | MN

Too bad Shelley Madore doesn't dabble in witchcraft. Then maybe she'd get noticed.

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Sadly, the feisty Democrat running for Minnesota's Second District congressional seat is no Christine O'Donnell, the telegenic Tea Party succubus from Delaware whose campaign for the Senate has mesmerized the media. (O'Donnell now has a TV ad in which she denies being a witch, but, as David Letterman pointed out, isn't that what you'd expect a witch to say?) Madore merely has tried to run a serious campaign on the issues. Naturally, then, she has received virtually no attention in her run against hardheaded conservative John Kline, the Republican incumbent.

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This is unfortunate for the Second District, which includes southern suburbs of the Twin Cities and extends almost to Rochester and Mankato. But it shows that, although we live in an era of nonstop political spin, fundamental weaknesses remain in the ways in which we pay attention to -- or ignore -- the issues of the day.

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Hey, Small Spender

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  • Where’s all that spending we keep hearing about? It never happened.
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  • If job-creating government spending has failed to bring down unemployment in the Obama era, it’s not because it doesn’t work; it’s because it wasn’t tried.
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Paul Krugman, New York Times | NY

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

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Here’s the narrative you hear everywhere: President Obama has presided over a huge expansion of government, but unemployment has remained high. And this proves that government spending can’t create jobs.

Here’s what you need to know: The whole story is a myth. There never was a big expansion of government spending. In fact, that has been the key problem with economic policy in the Obama years: we never had the kind of fiscal expansion that might have created the millions of jobs we need.

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