Chamber: They Just Hate Us Because We're Awesome
The US Chamber of Commerce has had a very rough week. Mother Jones exposed their inflated membership numbers, forcing the Chamber to shrink its tally by 90 percent. Following a series of high-profile departures by members who opposed the leadership's position on climate change, a group of liberal NGOs has organized a "Stop the Chamber" campaign, and the San Francisco Chamber is publicly divorcing them. The Chamber is so beleagured that it is now painting itself as the victim of—wait for it—a "corporate campaign."
In a memo to members obtained by Mother Jones, Chamber of Commerce Chief Operating Officer David Chavern urges members to ignore the national campaign against them, describing it simply as proof of the Chamber's awesomeness:
"Please note that these calls against the Chamber are part of a broad-based, multi-source campaign against us being carried out by our normal adversaries—trial lawyers, activist unions, environmental extremists, etc.," wrote Chavern. "It is a 'corporate campaign' in the classic sense, where interest groups are looking for public leverage to force us to do things against our members' interests."
"Frankly, these efforts are simply the result of how effective we have been in opposing Card Check, as well as certain aspects of proposed healthcare, capital market and climate change legislation," he continued.
The Chamber did not respond to requests to confirm or deny the authenticity of the memo. We've reprinted the full dispatch below the fold: