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Thu Apr 25, 2019, 10:04 AM

The Daily 202: The U.S. Chamber wants to disentangle its brand from the GOP and hopes to rebuild the

Source: Washington Post

THE BIG IDEA: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, navigating dramatic cultural change thatís transforming the worlds of politics and business, plans to become less aligned with the Republican Party than it has been for decades.

The largest and most powerful corporate lobbying group in Washington is changing the way it evaluates lawmakers for the first time in 40 years, launching a $250 million capital campaign to remodel its headquarters and even rethinking its approach to regulation.

Several dues-paying companies have balked as the Chamber endorsed fewer and fewer Democrats over the past several election cycles. The GOPís drift toward protectionism, nativism and isolationism since Donald Trump took over the party in 2016 is also at odds with the Chamberís longtime support for expanding free trade, growing legal immigration and investing in infrastructure.

The Chamberís major strategic shift, outlined here for the first time based on a series of exclusive interviews with its leaders, grew out of more than two years of intensive conversations. The deliberations began in earnest shortly after Trump became president but long before the Democratic takeover of the House in the midterms ushered in divided government.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/daily-202/2019/04/25/daily-202-the-u-s-chamber-wants-to-disentangle-its-brand-from-the-gop-and-hopes-to-rebuild-the-center/5cc08e551ad2e52459e24671/?utm_term=.71c3da8f9af4&wpisrc=nl_daily202&wpmm=1



Donald Trump = "bad for business"?

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Reply The Daily 202: The U.S. Chamber wants to disentangle its brand from the GOP and hopes to rebuild the (Original post)
brooklynite Apr 2019 OP
comradebillyboy Apr 2019 #1
3Hotdogs Apr 2019 #11
comradebillyboy Apr 2019 #12
Marthe48 Apr 2019 #2
Merlot Apr 2019 #3
Marthe48 Apr 2019 #9
not fooled Apr 2019 #4
Greybnk48 Apr 2019 #5
Grins Apr 2019 #6
NCjack Apr 2019 #7
beachbum bob Apr 2019 #8
JudyM Apr 2019 #10
Justice Apr 2019 #13
sinkingfeeling Apr 2019 #14
cstanleytech Apr 2019 #15
Nitram Apr 2019 #16
stuffmatters Apr 2019 #17
McKim Apr 2019 #18

Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 10:10 AM

1. A positive trend I hope. Because capitalism isn't going away.

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Response to comradebillyboy (Reply #1)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 12:04 PM

11. But we ain't got capitalism. We got fascism (Corporatism is the American form of fascism).

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Response to 3Hotdogs (Reply #11)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 12:23 PM

12. Capitalism and fascism, while not incompatible, are not the same thing.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 10:13 AM

2. House is pursuing investigations

for the benefit of all citizens. The chamber should also represent all citizens in local businesses , not just repukes.

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Response to Marthe48 (Reply #2)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 10:28 AM

3. The C of C is a lobbying group, just like the NRA

in that they can represent who ever they wish. They are not a government entity.

I would never join the C of C for that very reason - they support republicans. There are a couple of alternative Chambers, I think one is Green, the other might be Whole or Wholistic.

So, good on the C of C for changing direction, it's long overdue. Will have to see them backing at least 50% democratic candidates before I would consider joining.

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Response to Merlot (Reply #3)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 11:57 AM

9. Ty for clarifying

We'd be better off without the special interests representing part of a group.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 10:36 AM

4. Huh

this is surprising considering how much damage the CoC has done in the recent past by pushing policies that hurt most Americans by pursuing unfettered predatory capitalism.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 10:40 AM

5. F*ck the C of C. They've been horrid in Wisconsin

working with Scott Walker for years and Vos/Fitzgerald alliance. I hope they go down.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 10:40 AM

6. "Donald Trump "bad for business?" Why the question mark? NM

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 11:02 AM

7. Another C of C trick to get DEMs to go easy on their leadership

in guiding the GOP to screw the small business owners and the poor.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 11:07 AM

8. US Chamber of Commerce no friend of democrats, working class americans

 

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 12:03 PM

10. Good news. They've been growing a deeper presence in CSR with conferences, etc. so maybe the

execs are getting a bit more enlightened.

Not holding my breath that theyíll adopt progressive positions, but any movement left by this GOP stalwart is good for us.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 12:56 PM

13. For real change need change in leadership - Tom Donohue should go

Tom is the one who cozied up to the GOP. Not credible for him to be the one leading effort to uncouple from them.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 01:28 PM

14. Too late.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 04:44 PM

15. To late imo as they and their support helped bring people like Trump rise to power and now they are

just upset that the crop they sowed and were hoping to reap has a bunch of weeds in it.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 05:16 PM

16. Fuck the Chamber of Commerce. They are a bunch of smug right wing capitalists who fight

every progressive idea that comes along and always make campaign donations for big business over citizens.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 05:38 PM

17. 'Bout time CoC realized self defeating to impoverish majority of customers & destroy the planet.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Apr 26, 2019, 08:07 AM

18. They KNow Which Way the Wind Blows

So now they know which way the wind blows. They have besmirched their name and alienated many. This is an encouraging sign that it is no longer acceptable to support extreme right opinions.

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