Chamber Uses Yes Men ‘Attack’ to Fundraise

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The US Chamber of Commerce is turning their run-in with the Yes Men last week into a fundraising opportunity.

TPMMuckraker got a hold of a fundraising email sent to Chamber supporters late last week, calling on them to send money because the “U.S. Chamber is under attack.”

Help us fight back!As you probably have seen in the news — the U.S. Chamber is under attack.

MoveOn.org and other extremist groups are harassing our members…

A group of pranksters held a fake news conference falsely claiming to be the U.S. Chamber…

They’re attacking us for having the audacity to oppose legislation that would be harmful to American employers and cost vital American jobs.

The letter is signed by the Chamber’s senior vice president and national political director, Bill Miller. It takes supporters to a webpage where they can make a donation to the Chamber. “Don’t let them muzzle us. Stand up for free speech by making a contribution below,” it urges.

Meanwhile, the Chamber has unleashed their lawyers on the Yes Men in order to get their parody Chamber site yanked from the interwebs. Because they truly believe in free speech, of course.

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