WASHINGTON — Sen. Al Franken today called for a federal investigation into the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its election campaign funding.
Franken’s call follows an investigation by left-of-center group ThinkProgress that said the Chamber had essentially been laundering foreign money and funneling it into U.S. elections. Franken’s investigation call mirrors that of several left wing groups that have charged the same thing, including MoveOn.org.
“I am profoundly concerned by recent reports that foreign corporations are indirectly spending significant sums to influence American elections through third-party groups,” Franken wrote in a letter to Federal Elections Commission Chairman Matthew Peterson. “I am writing to ask that you investigate these claims, enforce existing laws and regulations prohibiting foreign spending in American elections and strengthen those very laws through new regulations and policy guidance.”
The Chamber of Commerce has denied all the allegations of using foreign money, saying in a statement that the “accusations are completely erroneous” and that “no foreign money is used to fund political activities.”