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Checking my email tonight, I found in my inbox an email from Move Maryland Forward.  I clicked the link on it curious to see who this organization is and what they are advocating.  Turns out they are a campaign backed by the US Chamber of Commerce.  They have a comparison of Ben Cardin's and Michael Steele's positions on the Estate Tax (Death Tax, as they call it), CAFTA, and Small Business Health Plans.  You can see their stilted view of the two candidates here:

No other Maryland candidates are even compared on this website.  It is strictly on the Senate race.  Pretty ironic given that it is supposed to be about moving Maryland forward.....

What I'm wondering is, how did I end up on their email list since I'm subbed to only Democratic/progressive groups email lists? Granted the email makes it seem like this is just some simple comparison of the candidates. But clearly when you read the profiles, Steele's has been made to be more favorable, as it speaks about him being the first African American MD Lt. Governor, the first in his family to go to college, and that he studied for the priesthood.  Not to mention all the "pro-business" stances he's held.  You'd thnk he was our saviour.

Meanwhile when you search for "Move Maryland Forward" on Yahoo, you find more Democratic websites, while this one is nowhere to be found. Is it because this is a newly formed website or because they couldn't be bothered to get it listed on the search engines? Or that they wanted it to remain below the radar?

And then when I completed a search on the US Chamber of Commerce and campaigns, I found this website:

This website allows users to map the campaigns they are supporting. However, it requires you to register to view their resources on elections around the country, in adddition to their town hall meetings and such. While it claims to be non-partisan, I'd be hardpressed to prove that since the candidates they are supporting are not easily accessible to non-members. And given that they are backing Steele, it's not hard to guess that they tend to back GOP candidates.

Has the Chamber of Commerce been backing other candidates in your state?  Is this something that they are doing across the country?  Or are they trying to help out the GOP in states where the GOP is unable to spare anymore money as it goes into crisis mode for the 2006 elections?

Originally posted to Sharon in MD on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 06:50 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  They're active all over (3+ / 0-)
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    billlaurelMD, VetGrl, stitchmd

    I got a mail flyer today touting my Congressman's work on Medicare Part D. (NH-02, Bass.) I wondered, is this from a grateful ARRP or some other group focused on making sure Medicare is strong?

    No, it was the national Chamber of Commerce. And news stories say that Big Pharma gave them millions to run this campaign, to support the people who made sure Medicare can't negotiate for the best price like the VA does -- but instead pays Big Pharma top dollar.

  •  So is Mike Tyson, sewiously (0+ / 0-)

    9/11 was a Faith-Based Initiative - Bill Maher

    by glazeone on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 07:13:15 PM PDT

    •  Yes, weawwy. (1+ / 0-)
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      Sharon in MD

      Watch out if Steele claims to have the ear of the electorate.

      I'm the plowman in the valley - with my face full of mud

      by labradog on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 07:57:03 PM PDT

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      •  he's continually painting himself as the outsider (1+ / 0-)
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        Sharon in MD

        who sees things wrong with BOTH parties.  Well, there's only ONE party who's screwed things up this badly, after our financial house had essentially been put back in order (Chamber of Commerce or no).  Commerce for big business, I suspect, not small business, who I understand employs 80% of all Americans.

        I'm so fed up with this campaign...and I'm really afraid that Steele's gonna win on the strength of the endorsements he's getting from mostly RICH BLACK BIG BUSINESS OWNERS endorsing him (Billy Murphy in Balto. being the exception...that just seems to be the result of his feeling dissed regarding running for mayor a little while ago.).

        I wouldn't believe Bush if his tongue became notarized (h/t to shanti2)

        by billlaurelMD on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 08:40:26 PM PDT

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  •  Open Secrets shows (1+ / 0-)
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    Sharon in MD

    In 2005, the Chamber retained the US Chamber Institute for Legal Reform which spent nearly $20 million.  In 2004, they spent $24.5 million.  Among others, Abramoff’s old firm, Greenberg Traurig, lobbies for them:

  •  I got my email yesterday (1+ / 0-)
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    Sharon in MD
    It was a lot more subtle than the usual GOP tricks in that they didn't use a pic of Ben looking like he was in a police lineup and they didn't bold all of Steele's "right" positions.  

    Once you read it there was no doubt as to the direction you were being pushed, though.

  •  they have a TV ad (0+ / 0-)
    saw it yesterday but the sound was off (this was in the gym) and no subtitles.  Don't recall the ad showing any pictures of candidates....??
  •  Sneaky Repubs (1+ / 0-)
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    Sharon in MD

    In the campaign for governor,the Repubs have also started running an ad featuring a Black voter reciting all of Baltimore's troubles & blaming them on O'Malley.  Then he says, "I've always voted Democratic, but this year I'm doing something different and voting for Erlich."

    Made me cringe, but I fear it will be quite effective.

    Barak, could ya PLEASE come on down to MD????

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