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Companies Raking in Cash &mdash;Hoarding, Not Hiring
Companies Raking in Cash —Hoarding, Not Hiring
sorry, unemployed

Companies Raking in Cash —Hoarding, Not Hiring

Chamber of Commerce blames Obama administration

(Newser) - US corporations have been reporting impressive earnings, and piling up loads of cash—but they’re not actually spending that cash to hire anyone. Nonfinancial companies have about $1.8 trillion in cash on hand, which is roughly 25% more than at the start of the recession, the Washington Post...

Biz Groups Pour Millions Into Anti-Health Bill Blitz

Campaign to stop reform hits airwaves today

(Newser) - Business groups have their big guns out as the final showdown over health care reform heads to Congress—and to the airwaves. A multimillion-dollar ad blitz funded by the Chamber of Commerce and some 250 other pro-business groups will hit cable TV networks today, urging Congress to "stop this...

Chamber of Commerce Flexes Muscles, Goes Grassroots

Thanks to Supreme Court ruling, group's power skyrockets

(Newser) - The US Chamber of Commerce has become so powerful it almost rivals the major parties, thanks in part to recent Supreme Court rulings that have given its fundraising operations a shot in the arm. Flush with cash, the group has launched a concerted grass-roots operation, signing up 6 million individuals...

Health Care Reform Foes Outspend Friends 2:1

Biz groups lavish $24M in last month on derailing Dem bill

(Newser) - Business foes of health care overhaul legislation are outspending supporters at a rate of 2-to-1 for TV ads as they grow increasingly nervous over a final bill. Led by the US Chamber of Commerce, opponents of the Democratic health care drive have dropped $24 million on TV commercials over the...

Wanted: Economist to Trash Health Bill

Foes look for an expert to prove that Obamacare kills jobs

(Newser) - Pro-business groups opposed to the president's health care reform are raising funds to hire a "respected economist" to study the impact of the reform—and find that it is a threat to jobs and the economy. In an email obtained by the Washington Post , a top official at the...

Dems Gird for Battle Over Veterans Day Recess

This time, they have something to crow about (and be criticized for)

(Newser) - Given what happened last time they took a vacation, Democratic lawmakers are steeling themselves for the Veterans Day recess, anticipating a fresh round of battles on health care reform. Members of Congress from both sides have been armed with fact sheets and talking points on what Republicans dub "The...

Moderate Dems Fret Over Obama Attacks on Fox

...and worry picking fight with Chamber of Commerce will backfire

(Newser) - Moderate Democrats are nervous about the Obama administration’s efforts to marginalize tough critics like Fox News. “It’s a mistake,” Pennsylvania Rep. Jason Altmire tells Politico. “I think it’s beneath the White House to get into a tit for tat with news organizations.” And...

Obama Tries to Hobble Chamber of Commerce

Conservative business group now 'radioactive' in Washington

(Newser) - The Obama administration is deliberately freezing out a US Chamber of Commerce seemingly chilly to its entire agenda. White House officials have pointedly ignored the Chamber, speaking instead directly with the CEOs of its member companies. “We prefer the approach where the actual people who are on the front...

How to Kill the Chamber of Commerce...
How to Kill the Chamber of Commerce...
eliot spitzer

How to Kill the Chamber of Commerce...

...before its lobbyists do more damage on climate change, etc.

(Newser) - The Chamber of Commerce's outrageous stand against action on global warming, which has spurred a number of huge corporations to drop out, is not an anomaly, says Eliot Spitzer. From environmental protection to deregulation to fiscal policy to health care reform, it’s always on the wrong side of history,...

Apple Quits US Chamber, Slams Climate Stance

Computer giant goes with outward flow over lobbyist's climate position

(Newser) - Apple has joined a growing list of companies to ditch the US Chamber of Commerce over its skeptical view of climate change. “We strongly object to the Chamber’s recent comments” calling for a “Scopes Monkey Trial for the 21st century” to expose climate change fallacies, says a...

Nike Ditches Chamber Board Over Climate Change

Says chamber hasn't represented 'diversity of views' of its members

(Newser) - Nike is bolting from the US Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors over the business lobby's dogged opposition to climate change legislation, a stance it “fundamentally disagrees” with, and which fails to represent "the diversity of perspective held by the board of directors.” But the swoosh...

Big Business Wants to Put Global Warming on Trial

(Newser) - Facing broad new US regulations on emissions, big business wants to put the science behind global warming before a judge, the Los Angeles Times reports. “It would be evolution versus creationism,” says an executive for the US Chamber of Commerce, which is pushing the idea of a public...

Business-World Divisions May Ease Path to Plan
Business-World Divisions May Ease Path to Plan
health care reform

Business-World Divisions May Ease Path to Plan

(Newser) - The US Chamber of Commerce launched an ad campaign this week opposing health-care reform, but businesses are hardly united against the administration's proposals, the Washington Post reports. Wal-Mart was a high-profile defector, as was temp firm Kelly Services; both back an employer mandate. And many small and medium-sized businesses are...

Companies, to Their Lobbyist: Wait, We Care About Climate

Chamber of Commerce faces enviro dissent

(Newser) - Cracks are appearing in big business’s monolithic opposition to federal moves to prevent climate change. Politico reports that major members of the Chamber of Commerce, including Nike and Johnson & Johnson, are complaining about the Chamber's resistance to measures like the cap-and-trade bill in Congress. A Nike spokeswoman says...

Labor Rivals Unite to Push Immigration Reform

Yes on legalization, no on guest-workers, say AFL-CIO, Change to Win

(Newser) - America’s two labor umbrella groups may be archrivals, but on immigration reform, they’ve agreed to put up a common front, which could be a big boon to White House hopes, reports the New York Times. The AFL-CIO and Change to Win have agreed to push for the legalization...

Specter's Choice Saves Obama Labor Headache
Specter's Choice Saves Obama Labor Headache
ANALYSIS

Specter's Choice Saves Obama Labor Headache

GOP senator's threat to kill bill means Dems won't have to pick sides

(Newser) - Republican Sen. Arlen Specter’s choice to oppose a bill to ease unionization will let President Obama and congressional Democrats avoid a tough choice between labor and business interests, Politico notes. Obama had promised to sign the Employee Free Choice Act, but would have infuriated businesses whose support he needs....

Dems Gird for Fight Over Pro-Labor Bill

'Card check' legislation faces stiff business opposition, Senate fight

(Newser) - House Democrats are about to unveil a bill easing the unionization process, a measure that’s already sparked major backlash, the Hill reports. The Employee Free Choice Act, which President Obama has said he'll sign, would allow workers to skip secret ballot elections to create unions, instead openly signing cards....

Chamber of Commerce Plugs Cash Into Tight GOP Races

Fearing a big Senate majority for Dems, organization may spend up to $35M

(Newser) - The US Chamber of Commerce, the nation’s largest business lobby, is throwing millions of dollars into an advertising campaign to prevent Democrats from winning a filibuster-proof 60-seat majority in the Senate, the Wall Street Journal reports. The group could spend $35 million, twice what it set aside for all...

Bush Boosts Battered NAFTA at Summit

Trading partners meet in New Orleans

(Newser) - President Bush yesterday opened a two-day economic summit in New Orleans with Mexico and Canada amid growing hostility to the North American Free Trade Agreement, which is widely blamed for US job losses. Bush is using the meeting with the trillion-dollar trading partners to highlight support for NAFTA as the...

Record $2.79B Spent Lobbying Last Year

Health-product industry leads way in seemingly 'recession-proof' uptick

(Newser) - Lobbyists made a record-breaking $2.79 billion on Capitol Hill last year, beating 2006’s record by $200 million. The healthcare industry led the way, spending $227 million on attempts to influence legislators, up 25% from the year previous. The insurance and real-estate sectors were right behind, Reuters reports. The...

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