OpenLeft (where I am now regarded, in some quarters, as dismissably "smug') has a piece today connecting the dots that link Chambers of Commerce using 'stimulus' money to their fighting against EFCA.Herewith:
Is the Chamber of Commerce Using Bailout Money to Attack Workers?In fact there is at LEAST one other question that could be asked: What the FUCK Is the Chamber of Commerce doing getting economic stimulus funds? Why aren't there controls on how they spend such tax-payer relief?
Mon Apr 13, 2009 at 00:20
2 + 2 = 4. So, what do these two excepts add up to?
Monday's Wall Street Journal reportsThe U.S. Chamber of Commerce is launching a $1 million television advertising campaign that takes a new line of attack against the Employee Free Choice Act...The new Chamber ads will hit the airwaves in Nebraska, Virginia, Louisiana, North Dakota and Colorado -- states whose senators could be swing votes on the issue.In January, The Huffington Post's Sam Stein broke this news:Three days after receiving $25 billion in federal bailout funds, Bank of America Corp. hosted a conference call with conservative activists and business officials to organize opposition to the U.S. labor community's top legislative priority.There's a natural question for taxpayers to ask: Is the Chamber of Commerce using bailout money to attack workers?
Participants on the October 17 call -- including at least one representative from another bailout recipient, AIG -- were urged to persuade their clients to send "large contributions" to groups working against the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), as well as to vulnerable Senate Republicans, who could help block passage of the bill.
There are two things you can do right now to take action:1) Join the Facebook group: "Petition: Chamber of Commerce Shouldn't Use Bailout Money to Attack Workers." (If not on Facebook, sign the petition here.)
2) Email top Chamber execs. Ask them if the Chamber is rejecting money from bailout recipients so that taxpayer funds aren't used on these ads.Chamber President Tom Donohue: email@example.com
Executive Vice President David C. Chavern: firstname.lastname@example.org
Executive Vice President Bruce Josten: email@example.com
Share what your email said on the Facebook group wall.
And where are the fucking pitchforks and torches?