The U.S. Chamber of Commerce said it will spend $100 million in an effort to stem the “rapidly growing influence of government over private-sector activity,” in a major new move by the powerful business group to counter the Obama administration’s regulatory agenda.
Chamber president Thomas Donohue said his organization is launching its “Campaign for Free Enterprise” because an “avalanche of new rules, restrictions, mandates and taxes” could “seriously undermine the wealth and job-creating capacity of the nation.” Funds from the Chamber’s campaign will be largely spent on advertising and lobbying.
“The business community by and large has been afraid to oppose the Obama administration,” said John Feehery, a Republican strategist. “It’s vitally important that the Chamber get in the game and start opposing these things.”
“The business community” is such a funny term, and totally misleading, as well. Since we all work for a business of some sort, we’re all part of the so-called business community. It’s as diverse as the working population is diverse. A better term for the Feehery’s and Donohue’s of the world would be “the business owners’ community.”