Skip to main content

  Ok, now we're talking.

  Per The New York Times:

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman of New York has begun investigating contributions to tax-exempt groups that are heavily involved in political campaigns, focusing on a case involving the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has been one of the largest outside groups seeking to influence recent elections but is not required to disclose its donors.

Mr. Schneiderman issued a wide-ranging subpoena on Tuesday to executives at a foundation affiliated with the chamber, seeking e-mails, bank records and other documents to determine whether the foundation illegally funneled $18 million to the chamber for political and lobbying activities, according to people with knowledge of the investigation.

The investigation is also looking at connections between the chamber’s foundation, the National Chamber Foundation, and another philanthropy, the Starr Foundation, which made large grants to the chamber foundation in 2003 and 2004. During the same period, the National Chamber Foundation lent the chamber $18 million, most of it for what was described as a capital campaign.

  A key to this investigation, and why it's important, is the point that these donors can remain anonymous:
While the chamber claims roughly 300,000 members, its political and lobbying activities are largely financed by a much smaller group of corporations, which can donate unlimited amounts to the chamber for issue ads against candidates without having to disclose the contributions publicly. During 2008, close to half of the chamber’s $140 million in contributions came from just 45 donors, often coinciding with lobbying or political campaigns of concern to the companies giving the money. [emphasis added]
That's nuts. Let's be clear: there are plenty of billionaires willing to write checks in public. But, this investigation may be successful in shining some light on those cockroaches who don't want the public to know about their sleazy behavior.

Originally posted to Tasini on Tue Jun 26, 2012 at 08:35 PM PDT.

Also republished by ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement and German American Friendship Group.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Thumb, Alumbrados, shari, Sylv, DeminNewJ, Alma, Bill in Portland Maine, Mogolori, mwm341, native, importer, Gooserock, NYmom, PeterHug, greenbird, jazzizbest, Sherri in TX, Pescadero Bill, cotterperson, SanJoseLady, hyperstation, eeff, HootieMcBoob, recentdemocrat, Creosote, Gustogirl, opinionated, TracieLynn, Wee Mama, annrose, whenwego, ask, macleme, stevej, Bensdad, mkfarkus, chimpy, jalbert, librarianman, Glinda, Iberian, Cedwyn, antirove, artebella, Alna Dem, Chrisfs, revsue, kharma, tidalwave1, Getreal1246, psnyder, TexDem, Dallasdoc, pat bunny, wordene, agincour, cosette, JimWilson, wdrath, Chirons apprentice, Steven Payne, defluxion10, Catte Nappe, papercut, lcrp, riverlover, faithnomore, walkshills, Oaktown Girl, blonde moment, econlibVA, ybruti, Sembtex, tomjones, Josiah Bartlett, Gowrie Gal, Tirge Caps, Brecht, rapala, G2geek, maybeeso in michigan, bloomer 101, Bluesee, marina, 3goldens, NoMoreLies, ichibon, subtropolis, democracy inaction, PBen, KnotIookin, basquebob, dewtx, ChemBob, Brooke In Seattle, reflectionsv37, ratzo, eru, Beetwasher, Sun Tzu, Overseas, skyounkin, Ice Blue, Steve in Urbana, markdd, bmaples, jane123, Sandino, Rock Strongo, kaliope, Tool, Savvy813, LivesInAShoe, Shaking the Tree, Rogneid, JanF, Box of Rain, Paper Cup, Jim R, CJnyc, Jim P, Denny in Seattle, martini, gwilson, myboo, tung sol, BlueInARedState, hungrycoyote, tonyahky, cookseytalbott, seefleur, kestrel9000, deha, blueoasis, SherriG, DarkestHour, Bush Bites, armadillo, tommyfocus2003, Pilgrim X, anninla, bumbi, democracy is coming, CA Nana, profh, Clive all hat no horse Rodeo, means are the ends, kurt, kurious, Temmoku, markthshark, Little, krwheaton, DBunn, tegrat, One Pissed Off Liberal, dotsright, Habitat Vic, FWIW, ColoTim, offgrid, gloriana, terryhallinan, Wino, LillithMc, Mary Mike, la urracca, terabytes, ballerina X, bnasley, rantsposition, jayden, jedennis, Killer of Sacred Cows, SeaTurtle, bobswern, millwood, uciguy30, leonard145b, janatallow, homerun, A Person, spearfish, TomP, Empower Ink, fb, W T F, JDWolverton, bkamr, angry hopeful liberal, ScottyUrb, zerone, OleHippieChick, mamamedusa, Sixty Something, Youffraita, Foundmyvoice, bill warnick, elwior, Sharon Wraight, Calamity Jean, rssrai, Jake Williams, Jeff Y, catly, Gemina13, petulans, luckylizard, Piren, MarkVA71, Karl Rover, Karen Hedwig Backman, Bongobanger, Nica24, Robobagpiper, dmhlt 66, WearyIdealist, GrannyOPhilly, statsone, litoralis, ceebee7, Domestic Elf, bobatkinson, Zotz, WakeUpNeo, BlueInRedCincy, shopkeeper, DefendOurConstitution, MKSinSA, TheOpinionGuy, brooklynliberal, kevinpdx, Keith Pickering, IreGyre, sfarkash, Knarfc, Little Flower, Livvy5, Nalepoc, Railfan, Just Bob, Renie57, confitesprit, marabout40, Laurilei, pyegar, NJpeach, drainflake77, Tea and Strumpets, jethrock, secret38b, Orlaine, on board 47, Eddie L, gulfgal98, samanthab, Puddytat, DiegoUK, sharonsz, Publius2008, elengul, MsGrin, ericlewis0, Otteray Scribe, Floande, soaglow, cany, Actbriniel, slice, Maximilien Robespierre, kerflooey, Hill Jill, Liberal Capitalist, Valerie8435, bgblcklab1, bluebluelady, sostos, Quackerz, Mr MadAsHell, swale44, Eclectablog, Alice Olson, Word Alchemy, EquityRoy, mrsgoo, Haf2Read, marleycat, zukesgirl64, good grief, thomask, slooterdam, muddy boots, createpeace, antooo, sound of progress, Imhotepsings, Caddis Fly, beforedawn, blue aardvark, DRo, googie, Regina in a Sears Kit House, Mentatmark, DEMonrat ankle biter, ParkRanger, No one gets out alive, deltadoc, livingthedream, Pumaspaco, Flying Goat, leathersmith, Siri, Citizenpower, charliehall2, IndieGuy, im a plugger, ahumbleopinion, S F Hippie, barkingcat, Joieau, Deep Texan, Horace Boothroyd III, hotheadCA, Spirit Dancer, reginahny, radical simplicity, Arahahex, MartyM, burnt out, doroma, micwazoo, Kinak, Artandscience, peptabysmal, John Kelly, CalBearMom, Stude Dude, mygreekamphora, DamselleFly, jbob, dear occupant, weck, parsonsbeach, Icicle68, Jacoby Jonze, The Angry Architect, The Story Teller

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site