Thursday, February 10, 2011

Take "Limited Local Action" Against The USCoC

I betcha didn't know: Lately the US Chamber of Commerce, the nations LARGEST, richest, most powerful INTERNATIONAL (despite the name) business lobbying association, has been engaging in political dirty tricks against opponents, tricks that would make Richard Nixon, Chuck Colson, and Karl Rove proud. Via ThinkProgress:
EXCLUSIVE: US Chamber’s Lobbyists Solicited Hackers To Sabotage Unions, Smear Chamber’s Political Opponents
ThinkProgress has learned that a law firm representing the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the big business trade association representing ExxonMobil, AIG, and other major international corporations, is working with set of “private security” companies and lobbying firms to undermine their political opponents, including ThinkProgress, with a surreptitious sabotage campaign.

According to e-mails obtained by ThinkProgress, the Chamber hired the lobbying firm Hunton and Williams. Hunton And Williams’ attorney Richard Wyatt, who once represented Food Lion in its infamous lawsuit against ABC News, was hired by the Chamber in October of last year. To assist the Chamber, Wyatt and his associates, John Woods and Bob Quackenboss, solicited a set of private security firms — HB Gary Federal, Palantir, and Berico Technologies (collectively called Team Themis) — to develop tactics for damaging progressive groups and labor unions, in particular ThinkProgress, the labor coalition called Change to Win, the SEIU, US Chamber Watch, and
Follow this link for the whole story. But unlike is so many OTHER situations when it seems there may be nothing an individual can do to express their disappointment with corpoRat behavior, a possible strategy for expressing disapproval has occurred to me.

To wit: Whenever you go shopping, look around by the cash register or the front door and see if you see the sticker of th local CoC. If you see it, ask to see the proprietor and ask her or him if they were aware that THEIR Chamber of Commerce was actively involved in moving USer jobs off-shore, lobbying for foreign interests in Congress to move USer businesses overseas,, and attacking american unions, and that, though you had planned to shop there, you will now try to find a merchant who DOESN'T support those DEEPLY UNAMERICAN practices...

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