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Franken wants Chamber investigated over election spending

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

“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.”

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Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 10/06/2010 - 03:42 pm.

    Yeah Al, the chamber of commerce, that collection of hardware store and gas station owners, is a subversive organization.

    [Que theme from Twilight Zone.]

  2. Submitted by William Pappas on 10/07/2010 - 05:38 am.

    You are badly misinformed Dennis. The national Chamber of Commerce is a massive multinational corporate supported organization that stumps for right wing causes that are the very antithesis of local business groups. In fact the policies of the Chamber are subversive to the interests of independent hardware store owners and gas station owners. The idea they are a collection of small business owners that represent their respective interests is a misconception to fool people like you. They do a pretty good job of it. The Chamber is realy just another lobby group for the National Association of Manufacturers that specializes in supporting tax cuts for the rich, shipping jobs overseas, free trade (moving companies out of the country to take advantage of cheap labor and lax environmental laws) and anti-union policies. In otherwords they work hard to advocate for low wages and the replacement of local business with chains. Do some reading and figure these guys out.

  3. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 10/07/2010 - 12:17 pm.

    And we wonder why the business community is moving their enterprise and associated jobs elsewhere.

  4. Submitted by Bernice Vetsch on 10/07/2010 - 06:08 pm.

    Mr. Tester: Did you read the entire comment by Mr. Pappas and not absorb it?

    Local chambers of commerce often ARE made up of the folks who run the local gas station and the corner grocery store. They are of service to small business owners.

    The national chamber exists to serve not your gas station owner and his mechanics but BP and other energy giants; and not your corner grocery store but the agribusiness mega-corporations who keep thousands of cows in giant pens where they must walk around in muck and feces up to their knees while being fed fat-producing grain and antibiotics in preparation for slaugher. It serves corporate America, NOT small business.

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