Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Waxman Confronts U.S. Chamber Over Foreign Money Questions, Secret Corp Campaign Funds

Tags: Henry Waxman (D-CA) Confronts Chamber of Commerce Bringing in Chinese Experts on Exporting Jobs, Strange Justice, Thomas' wife, Virginia asks Anita Hill to resign.

The Chamber of Commerce had a session for corporate CEOs last year brought in Chinese experts on exporting jobs to China which was also attended by Glenn Beck of FOX and Supreme Court Justices.

If there lot of play in the media about Justice Thomas’ wife, Virginia calling Anita Hill who charged Thomas with sexual harassment?

Jill Abramson and Jane Meyer wrote Strange Justice: The Selling of Clarence Thomas [Paperback]

Jane Meyer (Author), Jill Abramson (Author)

This book has an accurate account which concludes that Anita Hill was telling the truth and Justice Thomas was lying.

Inherited oil company super rich 4th richest Brothers Koch (Coke) called for a conference in Palm Strings to strategize how to get richer.

Jim Kawakami, October 20, 2010,

VIDEO: Waxman Confronts ‘U.S.’ Chamber Over Foreign Money Questions, Secret Corporate Campaign Funds

Earlier this month, ThinkProgress investigated the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and found fundraising documents soliciting money from foreign businesses for the same 501(c)(6) account the Chamber is using to wage an unprecedented $75 million dollar partisan attack campaign. ThinkProgress documented evidence of at least 80 foreign companies giving at least $885,000 to the Chamber largely from two countries alone. The Chamber has acknowledged that it accepts foreign funds for its 501(c)(6), but refuses to say how much and which funds they use for their partisan attack ads. While speaking to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for a trade event with Israeli businesses, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) chastised the Chamber for killing billions of dollars in private sector jobs by helping to lobby against clean energy climate reform. He then finished his remarks, in front of a body of Chamber executives and lobbyists, by confronting the Chamber for accepting foreign money without providing “proper transparency and disclosure”:

WAXMAN: An event like this conference today is an appropriate use of contributions from Chamber members overseas. Spending such money on an election in any country would be inappropriate. In this country it would also be illegal. I urge the Chamber to be transparent, to provide full disclosure on the contributions it is making in this election cycle. Without proper transparency and disclosure it is hard for the Chamber to be a role model for corporate citizenship in America and around the world.

Watch it:

A secret memo obtained by ThinkProgress shows that David Chavern, the second most powerful lobbyist at the Chamber, quietly met with Koch Industries and executives from over a dozen other oil and coal companies to plot the 2010 midterm elections last summer. Chavern also met with Tom Petrie, a Bank of America VP who specializes in Bank of America’s oil investments (Bank of America is one of the largest American shareholders of BP).


Yesterday, during his debate with GOP opponent Robert Hurt, Rep. Tom Perriello (D-VA) slammed the U.S. Chamber and Hurt for opposing disclosure. Referencing the Chamber's support of outsourcing policies, Perriello vigorously denounced the Chamber for accepting foreign money, then running ads in support of pro-outsourcing candidates like Hurt. Watch it:

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