Chamber of Commerce to Spend in Record Numbers on 2012 Election
The US Chamber of Commerce, a force that has helped Republicans make big gains in the 2010 elections is currently planning their most aggressive push yet in an attempt to send business friendly lawmakers into Washington for the November 6 election.
Thomas Donohue who is the president and CEO of the business lobby said of the Chamber of Commerce will plan to be involved in 11 or 12 Senate races as well as 35 to 37 races for the House of Representatives. “We are planning on having a good year. Yesterday reporters asked me how much we will spend.” He went on to say that the journalist suggested the group will spend $50 million in the last election cycle. “It’ll be a lot of money. This is a more important election in the last election.” According to their own public records the group spent $3.4 million so far on this election cycle.
When Republicans took control of the house in 2010, the chamber reported spending $32 million on races. This year Democrats are hoping to contest scores of House seats as well as protect their Senate majority and two dozen highly contested races.
This business lobby has opposed Obama’s administration key domestic policies which includes the 2010 healthcare restructuring law and has historically stayed away from the presidential race.
“Our strategy is to protect the pro-business majority in the house and advance our interests in the Senate” said the group’s national political director, Rob Engstrom.
The chamber is planning to invest heavily in Senate races which are considered critical and includes Massachusetts, Nebraska, Nevada, Montana, Florida, Missouri and North Dakota. The donors for the group have been kept secret and will equally invest in several key House races like California, Illinois, New York and North Carolina.
Even though the group is viewed as pro-Republican they also do support fiscally conservative Democrats and focus their votes and positions that benefit the business community over party affiliation.
Angstrom ended by saying “we will focus our efforts on a number of issues critical to the American recovery. These issues include Obamacare, American energy exploration, a common sense approach to government regulation, limiting frivolous lawsuits, travel and tourism and investments in transportation and infrastructure so our economy can move.”