Corporate Contributions to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
October 28, 2013 —
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a political goliath that uses its
massive political footprint to influence elections and legislation without disclosing
the sources of its money. U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J.
Donohue has stressed a goal of maintaining the anonymity of corporate
contributors to his group to insulate donors from criticism. “I want to give
them all the deniability they need,” Donohue once said. In September 2013, the
Center for Political Accountability released its annual “CPA-Zicklin Index.” Of
the 44 companies that reportedly fully disclose their contributions to trade
associations, 24 reported making contributions to the U.S. Chamber. These
contributions totaled $8,750,000. Of
this, $6,516,500 was reported in the category of non-deductible expenditures
that the Chamber could use for lobbying and political spending.