Chamber Gets No Love on Facebook


UPDATE: It appears the Facebook onslaught is a coordinated effort by the activist group MoveOn, rather than an organic uprising. You win this round, Chamber.

The US Chamber of Commerce is taking a real hammering on Facebook these days. A visit to its wall finds a significant number of visitors demanding that it stop fudging its membership numbers.

A few sample comments:

“Is it the ‘spirit of enterprise’ to tell a whopper like having 3 million members when you only have about 2-3 hundred thousand? And then continue to repeat that whopper even after you admit it’s not true? This speaks very poorly for your credibility in other areas, such as health care.”

“You guys are a complete joke…lol Did you guys give birth to Superman too?”

“Saying that you are for limiting CO2 emissions and writing letters lobbying to oppose H.R. 2454 are contradictory positions. At least represent your position honestly. It is time for business leaders to stop dragging their feet on climate change regulation. It’s going to have to happen sooner or later. I hope it is sooner.”

In a sign that the Chamber is still sticking to its guns despite mounting criticism of its policy stances, the page also features a poll for fans asking, “Which piece of legislation is worse?” The choices:

  • The Health Care Reform Bills including a government-run plan
  • The Climate Change Bill (Waxman-Markey Bill)

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