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January 12, 2012 6:04 pm ET

Five Facts And One Big Lie: A Closer Look At The Oil Lobby's Keystone XL Jobs Claims

With the 2012 presidential election rapidly approaching, the oil lobby is pushing harder than ever to frame the Keystone XL Pipeline (KXL) as a "job creator." However, TransCanada (the Canadian company behind the pipeline), the American Petroleum Institute (API), and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have used massively inflated statistics. In fact, KXL would create few permanent jobs.

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September 09, 2011 9:35 am ET

Grace-Marie Turner Distorts Data About Health Care Law's Impact On Job Creation

Last week, Grace-Marie Turner, founder and president of the conservative Galen Institute, penned an op-ed in which she claimed that repealing the health care law would create jobs. She backs this claim up by twisting statistics from anti-health care reform groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Heritage Foundation and the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) to fit her goal of proving that the law is discouraging hiring and increasing job losses. But the fact remains that despite the often repeated claim that "the health law is killing jobs," health care employment has grown over the past year and repealing the law would actually reduce employment.

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July 19, 2011 12:09 pm ET

Memo To Republicans: Default Is A De Facto Tax Increase On Job Creators

Congressional Republicans continue to insist that any deal to raise the debt ceiling and reduce the federal deficit must not include revenue increases. So steadfast and inflexible is their position that they'd rather see the economy plunge than raise taxes or eliminate subsidies. But behind the Republican Party's uncompromising position lays another reality: A higher interest rate caused by a default would increase the cost of borrowing and acquiring capital. For a small business looking to expand or hire additional workers, such an increase in interest rates has the same impact as a tax increase. But unlike the elimination of specific tax benefits proposed by the Obama administration, the de facto tax increase that would come as a result of default would have an impact directly on the small businesses that Republicans claim to be protecting. And unlike a targeted revenue increase, the higher cost imposed on businesses will not go towards reducing the deficit.

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January 28, 2011 10:53 am ET

Chamber Of Commerce Denounces Report That Undermines Its Partisan Interests

Yesterday, the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission released its final report on the causes of the financial crisis. The report concluded that recklessness and greed on the part of Wall Street, bad analysis by credit rating agencies, and a failure on the part of government regulators created an otherwise avoidable crisis. Almost immediately, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce attacked the report's conclusion. In a press release, the Chamber slammed the commission's report, writing, "The failure of this commission to do its job is more bad news for workers and businesses who depend on robust, well-regulated, world-leading capital markets to fund growth and job creation." Of course, the commission did exactly what it was tasked to do. The Chamber — which is paid to shill for Wall Street — just doesn't want to accept the facts. Not only do the Chamber's complaints about the Commission hold no water, but time and time again, the Chamber has been at the very center of problems that the commission concluded was responsible for the crisis.

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March 19, 2010 12:13 pm ET

Chamber Of Commerce's "Too Much" Ad Has Too Many Lies About Health Care Reform

The health insurance industry-funded Chamber of Commerce has released a new factually inaccurate ad about health care reform.  As the vote to provide millions of Americans with health care coverage they can afford draws nearer, these desperate lies are not at all surprising.

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March 09, 2010 3:33 pm ET

Chamber Of Commerce Couldn't "Afford" To Buy Any Facts For Their New Ad

The Chamber of Commerce's health care group, Employers for a Healthy Economy, has created a new anti-health care reform ad.  Titled "Afford," the Chamber of Commerce clearly didn't pony up the dough for any actual facts in the short spot.

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March 09, 2010 2:32 pm ET

Chamber of Commerce Lies About Health Care Reform

On March 9, 2010, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce published a blog post falsely claiming the Democratic plan for reforming health care would increase premiums, increase the deficit, and kill jobs.  In reality, the plan would reduce the deficit, lower premiums, and create up to 4 million American jobs.

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January 12, 2010 10:01 am ET

U.S. Chamber's Tom Donahue Falsely Claims Clean Energy Legislation Would Kill Jobs

In a speech on January 12, 2010, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce president Tom Donahue falsely claim clean energy legislation would kill jobs. In reality, an increased investment in clean energy technology would create millions of American green jobs across every single state.

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January 07, 2010 11:13 am ET

New Chamber Ad's Scary Forest Hides The Truth

The Chamber of Commerce's health care coalition, Employers for a Healthy Economy, has begun airing a new anti-health care reform ad in several states.  Despite what the ad says, there is nothing hidden or secret about what is contained within the health care reform legislation.

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November 25, 2009 11:42 am ET

Chamber Of Commerce Should "Start Over" On Another Ad

The Chamber of Commerce's Employers for a Healthy Economy has issued a new ad called "Start Over."  The Chamber needs to take its own advice, however, and start over on a new ad to include some facts.

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November 12, 2009 4:24 pm ET

U.S. Chamber's "Skyrocket" Ad Flies Without Facts

On November 11, 2009, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Employers for a Health Economy coalition released a new anti-health care reform ad titled "Skyrocket."  Just like the Chamber's other recent anti-reform ads, this new ad is in dire need of some factual information.

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November 12, 2009 4:19 pm ET

U.S. Chamber Forgot The Facts In New "Titus" Ad

On November 11, 2009, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Employers for a Healthy Economy coalition released new anti-reform ads.  Their "Titus" ad attacks Congresswoman Dina Titus (D-NV) for her pro-reform vote, but because the Chamber's attacks are based on faulty information, the ad's message is just a few seconds of fear mongering.

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November 04, 2009 2:46 pm ET

New Chamber Of Commerce Ad Misleads On The Economy And Small Businesses

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Employers for a Healthy Economy coalition has released a new anti-health care reform ad that misleads viewers into thinking Democratic proposals will endanger their jobs.  As SEIU points out below, in reality, the legislation would benefit small businesses, the national economy, and individual Americans across the country.

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October 29, 2009 1:38 pm ET

U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Recycles Old Ad For New Attack On Health Care Reform

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has revamped an old ad from the summer to continue its fight against progressive health care reform.  However, just like before, the ad falls flat on facts.

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October 09, 2009 10:18 am ET

The Chamber Of Commerce Issues Erratic Ad In The Wake Of Their Break-Up With Apple

Just days after their break-up with Apple, the Chamber of Commerce has released a new ad that falsely implies the health care reform bill emerging from the Senate Finance Committee will be paid for by increasing taxes on American citizens.  In reality, the Congressional Budget Office has made it clear the bill will reduce the deficit and only tax those with the ability to pay for the most expensive health insurance.

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September 01, 2009 10:48 am ET

Chamber Of Commerce Ad Says Nine Months Is Too Fast To Pass Legislation

On September 1, 2009, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced the release of a new anti-health care reform ad titled "The Fast Sale."  The ad asserts that congressional efforts to reform America's health care delivery system is happening quickly in order to hide the truth about reform from American citizens.  However, since Congress and President Obama have been working on health care reform since January, nine months is hardly moving too fast.

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August 11, 2009 7:50 pm ET

U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Radio Ad Leaves The Truth Behind

On August 12, 2009, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a radio ad that likens efforts to reform health insurance to an approaching train.  This ad, however, is derailed by the obvious lack of factual information used.

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May 27, 2009 5:24 pm ET

U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Repeats Myths About The Employee Free Choice Act

In a new ad, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce falsely claims that the Employee Free Choice Act would "strip away the secret ballot." It goes on to state: "Congress needs to fix the economy, not worry about trying to bail out the big unions."

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May 20, 2009 11:00 am ET

GOP Memo Hypocritically Accuses Democrats Of Protecting Big Business

On May 18, 2009, Politico uncovered a confidential Republican strategy memo for fighting the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill.  The memo states that Republicans should sell their opposition by arguing that "Democrats are protecting big business." But, in reality, it is the Republicans who are doing just that.

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May 18, 2009 1:42 pm ET

Randel K. Johnson: Wrong On Labor

On May 18, 2009, Randel K. Johnson, vice president of labor, immigration and employee benefits at the U.S Chamber of Commerce, wrote an op-ed in Roll Call insisting that: "While we don't know exactly what sectors of the economy will form the basis for economic growth and the creation of high-paying jobs in the years ahead, we do know that...None of these requirements are compatible with enactment of the misnamed Employee Free Choice Act or the rest of organized labor's agenda, which is tied to a view of the workplace that is frozen in time with the early post-war period where employers provided few benefits and unsafe workplaces and there was little international competition." But Johnson's statements don't hold up to the facts.

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April 22, 2009 12:53 pm ET

The Chamber Gets It Wrong... Again

On April 22, 2009, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce tweeted that, "Solis declines to endorse Card Check bill" and linked to an article that begins, "Labor Secretary Hilda Solis supports the Employee Free Choice Act."   This is pathetic.

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April 13, 2009 6:28 pm ET

Fact Check: U.S. Chamber of Commerce Ad -- "Bureaucrats to Run Virginia Businesses?"

Once again, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is using scare tactics and falsehoods to protect corporate interests. However, its spin cannot overcome the facts -- the Employee Free Choice Act would benefit workers, small businesses, and the economy as a whole. Here are the facts...

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