New Report Ties Chamber’s Support for Outsourcing Jobs to Controversy Around Their Political Advertising

Analysis connects job loss figures in 22 districts and nine states in which Chamber has spent $10.5 million on attack ads to elect pro-outsourcing candidates

Washington, D.C.—A new report by the nonpartisan campaign finance watchdog Campaign Money Watch found that more than 1.4 million jobs were outsourced due to trade policies since 1994 in the nine states in which the U.S. Chamber of Commerce spent nearly $5.7 million on attack ads in Senate races last week. The group also found that more than 184,000 jobs were lost to outsourcing in the 22 congressional districts in which the Chamber has spent $4.8 million on political ads.

The Chamber has long supported trade policies and opposed eliminating tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas. It has come under attack in the last week for raising foreign corporate funds.

“The Chamber is raising foreign corporate money and supporting policies that lead to the outsourcing of American jobs overseas,” said David Donnelly, director of Campaign Money Watch. “The 31 Senate and House candidates who are benefiting from political spending by the pro-outsourcing Chamber should address the controversy surrounding their foreign funding.

“We know that the Chamber doesn’t stand with everyday Americans,” continued Donnelly. “The question is, will these candidates stand with the Chamber or with voters?”

The research was obtained by a website compiled by nonpartisan Public Citizen that details job loss due to trade policies and compiled on a state-by-state and congressional district basis. For a complete list of jobs lost by district and/or state in the 31 races, as well as the amount of money spent in each one by the Chamber, visit http://www.campaignmoneywatch.com/chamber/outsourcing.

“The U.S. Chamber receives hundreds of thousands of dollars from foreign corporations and one of its legislative priorities is to let companies continue to receive tax breaks when they send jobs overseas,” said David Donnelly, director of Campaign Money Watch. “Americans deserve to know whether, if elected, these candidates will represent them or those special interests who have financed their elections.”

Campaign Money Watch sent letters to the 31 candidates urging them to stand up to the Chamber last week, as well as 10 Democratic candidates who have positive ads running in their districts sponsored by the Chamber.

At least 23 of the 31 candidates targeted by the Chamber are co-sponsors or supporters of the Fair Election Now Act, legislation that would place elections in the hands of everyday Americans. The legislation has the broad, bipartisan and cross-caucus support of 165 House members. On September 23, the legislation passed out of the Committee on House Administration.

Learn more about the Chamber’s influence in elections, and the foreign money it receives, as www.campaignmoneywatch.com.

The Public Citizen website is available at http://www.citizen.org/Page.aspx?pid=4323