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  •  Of course, every chamber (9+ / 0-)

    is different and each one probably reflects the party affiliation and the attitudes of its region and most of its members.

    For example, ours is headed by a bunch of hacks who either are part of the real estate development industry or who profit from it (I'm in an until-recently fast-growing suburb of Charlotte). So, since many of the most powerful developers are Good Old Boy Democrats and many of the newcomeers are Teabag-level Republicans, the partisan aspect of our chamber isn't as prominant as its influence-peddling aspect. It's all about how much they can steal from the rank-and-file taxpayer, and how much political clout they can amass for their special-interest cronies.

    I'd say that most of the small retailers and small (1-5 person) manufacturers who are members are being completely undercut by the leadership's corruption, and they usually don't even realize it. Those small entities would be far better off forming their own alliance. In fact, I remember one occasion where a small marketing firm (pretty much one person) that wasn't a chamber member was attempting to publish an ad-supported merchant and service directory for our county; the chamber sent out an email blast to all members urging them not to do business with that woman, and instead pushed them toward the chamber's "preferred" provider.

    Needless to say, I am not a member of this sleazy chamber. I don't know whether or not they support the US Chamber, but their sleazy tactics would make them a good fit.

    "Bernie Madoff's mistake was stealing from the rich. If he'd stolen from the poor he'd have a cabinet position." -OPOL

    by blue in NC on Fri Oct 22, 2010 at 12:50:11 PM PDT

    •  Get back at them. Go public. (9+ / 0-)

      Write a letter to the editor of your local paper laying out the issue of the US Chamber's Secret Republican Slush Fund, and calling on them to disaffiliate from this divisive, political organization.  See if you can get other people to do the same.

      Maybe your local paper will even run a story in the Local News section about this controversy.  Even if your local Chamber doesn't quit, this will put the issue of the US Chamber's Secret Political Slush Fund in front of the eyes of a lot of voters who might not read the National/Political News, but who read the Local News and the Letters.

      This is one of the situations where we win just by having the fight in public.

      Art is the handmaid of human good.

      by joe from Lowell on Fri Oct 22, 2010 at 01:08:56 PM PDT

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