Of course, you would expect the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to erect a firewall between foreign and domestic operations up to code and using only documented workers.
And you’d also expect the self-styled pitchfork populists in the Tea Party to rally at the base of the Lincoln Memorial, calling for full and complete disclosure of funding for these 501(c)(6) organizations that can raise and spend unlimited funds without ever disclosing any of its donors.
Well, if they say there’s a firewall, that’s good enough for me. Move along, Heroes, nothing to see here!
Not so fast, Patriot: according to the Think Progress investigation, contributions are funneled from foreign entities via “Business Councils” – adjuncts of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce:
US Chamber staffers coordinate these Business Councils and manage their foreign fundraising. For instance, the Chamber’s US-Egypt Business Council directs potential members to wire their checks to the US Chamber of Commerce. The application also notes that checks should be marked “ATTN: Leila Vossoughi.” Vossaoughi is a coordinator at the Chamber. Unlike AmChams, which are foreign affiliates of the Chamber, Business Councils solicit direct contributions from foreign corporations — the the Bahrain Petroleum Company — directly to the Chamber’s 501(c)(6), the same general account used to run partisan attack ads.
Hmm… not a bad way to make money, if you can get it.
ThinkProgress » Exclusive: Foreign-Funded ‘U.S.’ Chamber Of Commerce Running Partisan Attack Ads