U.S. Chamber of Commerce
August 2002: "Since 1912, the U.S. Chamber has been your voice of business in Washington. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world's largest not-for-profit business federation representing: 3,000,000 businesses,
3,000 state and local chambers,
830 business associations,
93 American Chambers of Commerce in 81 countries" http://www.uschamber.com/_About+Us/Who+We+Are/default.htm
September 2011: "Leaders of major business groups — including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, the American Petroleum Institute and the Business Roundtable — met with Ms. Jackson and with top White House officials this summer seeking to moderate, delay or kill the rule. They told William M. Daley, the White House chief of staff, that the rule would be very costly to industry and would hurt Mr. Obama’s chances for a second term."http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/03/science/earth/03air.html
June 2010: '“When someone like Schumer wants to know who’s paying for an ad — let’s be honest. They’re taking names,” said R. Bruce Josten of the United States Chamber of Commerce.'http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/10/opinion/10collins.html
June 2009: 'The United States Chamber of Commerce, which represents three million businesses, is hoping this “Faces of Lawsuit Abuse” ad campaign, from its Institute for Legal Reform, can revitalize interest in restricting litigation. The tales, now running on radio, television and the Internet, will appear on the big screen for audiences in Washington, D.C., and in Colorado and Louisiana. The plan is to then expand to theaters nationwide.'http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/04/business/media/04adco.html
July 2008: 'If companies do not respond to "no-match" letters, ICE could use that failure as evidence of illegal hiring. But the plan remains stalled by a federal lawsuit filed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the AFL-CIO and the American Civil Liberties Union, which allege that it will disrupt businesses and discriminate against legal U.S. workers.'http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/20/AR2008072002293.html
April 2008: '"It can be a challenge for our smaller companies especially," says Jack Morton, manager of national security and emergency preparation at the US Chamber of Commerce. The chamber is working with the military to develop a predictable schedule for call-ups of the National Guard and reserve units.'http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0410/p01s03-usmi.html
November 2007: '"Without a doubt, states may prohibit tobacco sales to minors and punish retailers who violate the prohibition," says Washington lawyer Evan Tager in a friend of the court brief filed on behalf of the American Trucking Association and the US Chamber of Commerce. "What they may not do, however, is regulate [motor] carriers' services and distribution procedures on a varying state-by-state basis in an effort to conscript them into the policing and enforcement of such laws."'http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/1128/p02s01-uspo.html
October 2007: "temporary ban on a central measure in the Bush administration’s campaign to crack down on employers who hire illegal immigrants....The suit was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, the A.F.L.-C.I.O. and several San Francisco labor organizations. They were joined by the United States Chamber of Commerce and several national small business associations."http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/02/us/02social.html
September 2007: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce denounced the House's quick action -- the court announced its decision in the case May 28 -- as 'a dangerous rush to judgment in a matter as important as wage discrimination.'http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/09/04/AR2007090401900.html
Role Name Type Last Updated Owner of (partial or full, past or present) Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) Organization Jul 12, 2004 Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Richard "Rick" B. Berman Esq. Person May 9, 2010 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Thomas J. Donohue Person Mar 11, 2005 Advised by (past or present) Edwin G. Foulke Jr., Esq. Person Apr 27, 2007 Organization Executive (past or present) Marc Freedman Esq. Person Feb 20, 2008 Organization Executive (past or present) Matt Kibbe Person Aug 14, 2007 Director/Trustee/Overseer (past or present) Paul J. Klaasen Person Jan 31, 2007 Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Richard L. Lesher Person Mar 11, 2005
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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Sep 02, 2011 Obama Administration Abandons Stricter Air-Quality Rules
QUOTE: President Obama abandoned a contentious new air pollution rule on Friday, buoying business interests that had lobbied heavily against it, angering environmentalists who called the move a betrayal and unnerving his own top environmental regulators.
New York Times Apr 20, 2011 Obama weighs disclosure order for contractors
QUOTE: “Now, under the guise of ‘transparency,’ the Obama administration reportedly wants to know the political leanings of any company or small business, including those of their officers and directors, before the government decides if they’ll award them federal contracts.”
Washington Post Mar 04, 2011 Hacked e-mails show Web is increasingly useful tool in dirty-tricks campaigns
QUOTE: But many experts say the shadowy political intelligence business has become larger and more sophisticated as corporations, trade groups and political parties increasingly turn to computer sleuths to monitor and, in some cases, harass their detractors. The work almost always goes undetected and has been made easier with the rise of computer networks and social media sites with relatively lax safeguards.
Washington Post Jun 09, 2010 Rise of the Richies
QUOTE: For career politicians, the worst nightmare would be a businessperson from the real world with a billion dollars and an open checkbook. Freddy Krueger is Michael Bloomberg.
New York Times Mar 16, 2010 Wife of Justice Thomas starts group for 'citizen activists'
QUOTE: Into the heightened political atmosphere between the Supreme Court and the Obama administration comes now Virginia Thomas, the conservative activist and wife of Justice Clarence Thomas, who is founder of a new nonprofit lobbying and political-organizing group catering to the "citizen activists" of the "tea party" movement. Virginia "Ginni" Thomas says Liberty Central Inc...
Washington Post Oct 16, 2009 Wellness Incentives Could Create Health-Care Loophole: Workers Who Fail Medical Tests Could Pay More
QUOTE: By more than doubling the maximum penalties that companies can apply to employees who flunk medical evaluations, the [new healthcare] legislation could put workers under intense financial pressure to lose weight, stop smoking or even lower their cholesterol,
Washington Post Oct 10, 2009 The Gift of Life, and Its Price (21st Century Babies)
QUOTE: While IVF creates thousands of new families a year, an increasing number of the newborns are twins, and they carry special risks often overlooked in the desire to produce babies.
New York Times Jul 31, 2009 As Iraq war ends, why isn't the US in on more business deals? Countries that opposed the American intervention now top the list of those probing economic opportunities in post-Hussein Iraq.
QUOTE: Iraq is signing billions of dollars in contracts with foreign firms to help rebuild the country, while private companies are forging partnerships with Iraqi businesses to provide the country with a lengthy backlog of needed goods. But Americans are largely absent from the bidding and the dealmaking, according to Iraqi officials.
Christian Science Monitor Jun 03, 2009 A Political Message Amid the Movie Trailers
QUOTE: Coming to theaters are commercials that are intended to spell out the perils of frivolous lawsuits as told by “everyday Americans,” including small-business owners who have been hit with costly lawsuits they believed were arbitrary and abusive....The series of two-minute trailers is the latest salvo in a long-running political battle over whether there should be curbs on bringing civil lawsuits.
New York Times Mar 10, 2009 Illegal immigrants might get stimulus jobs, experts say
QUOTE: Tens of thousands of jobs created by the economic stimulus law could end up filled by illegal immigrants,
USA TODAY Jul 21, 2008 In Immigration Cases, Employers Feel the Pressure: But Critics Fault Laws as Ineffective
QUOTE: A three-year-old enforcement campaign against employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants is increasingly resulting in arrests and criminal convictions, using evidence gathered by phone taps, undercover agents and prisoners who agree to serve as government witnesses.
Washington Post Jun 22, 2008 To the Trenches: The Tort War Is Raging On
QUOTE: Some of the best-known plaintiff-side lawyers in the country — Richard F. Scruggs, Melvyn I. Weiss and William S. Lerach — have all pleaded guilty to charges that they tried to manipulate the justice system. The very phrase “trial lawyer” has become associated with unadulterated greed; the Association of Trial Lawyers of America now calls itself the American Association for Justice.
New York Times Jun 20, 2008 Supreme Court Eases Age Bias Suits for Workers
QUOTE: In a 7-to-1 ruling, the court ruled that it is up to the employer to show that action against a worker stems from “reasonable factors other than age.” The question in the case, one of three involving labor relations issued by the court on Thursday, was whether the burden rested on the employer or on an employee bringing a suit.
New York Times Jun 18, 2008 Bush Will Seek to End Offshore Oil Drilling Ban
QUOTE: ...Senator John McCain of Arizona, used a speech in Houston on Tuesday to say he now favors offshore drilling, an announcement that infuriated environmentalists who have long viewed him as an ally...Even before the disclosure of Mr. Bush’s decision, the drilling issue caused a heated back-and-forth on the campaign trail on Tuesday, as Mr. McCain sought to straddle the divide between environmentalists and the energy industry, while facing accusations from his Democratic opponent, Senator Barack Obama, that he had flip-flopped and capitulated to the oil industry.
New York Times Jun 16, 2008 Plan Seeks More Access for Disabled
QUOTE: The proposal would substantially update and rewrite federal standards for enforcement of the Americans With Disabilities Act, a landmark civil rights law passed with strong bipartisan support in 1990. The new rules would set more stringent requirements in many areas and address some issues for the first time, in an effort to meet the needs of an aging population and growing numbers of disabled war veterans.
New York Times Apr 10, 2008 While reservists serve, their jobs don't always wait: Between 2004 and 2006, returning volunteers filed 16,000 complaints against employers.
QUOTE: As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan grind on, tensions are mounting between the military's civilian volunteers, trying to step back into their professions, and employers, straining at times to cope with a growing cadre of workers who are away at war for months then expect to regain their former jobs.
Christian Science Monitor Nov 28, 2007 A test of Maine regulations on Internet tobacco sales to minors: The US Supreme Court on Wednesday weighs whether the state law impedes interstate shipping.
QUOTE: The issue arrives Wednesday at the US Supreme Court, where the justices must decide whether Maine's effort to regulate tobacco sales on the Internet is preempted by a federal law that bars individual states from interfering in the operations of interstate shipping and transport companies.
Christian Science Monitor Oct 02, 2007 Court Orders a New Delay on Illegal Worker Rules
QUOTE: The ban further delayed the start of a rule, which establishes steps an employer must follow after receiving a notice from the Social Security Administration, known as a no-match letter, reporting that an employee’s identity information does not match the agency’s records.
New York Times Sep 05, 2007 Exhibit A in Painting Court as Too Far Right
QUOTE: The business community is scrambling to fight what would be the first legislative initiative of the Democratically controlled Congress to overturn a decision by the emerging conservative majority on the court, headed by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.
Washington Post Jun 26, 2007 5-4 Supreme Court Weakens Curbs on Pre-Election TV Ads: Ruling on McCain-Feingold Law Opens Door for Interest Groups in '08
QUOTE: The Supreme Court yesterday substantially weakened restrictions on the kinds of television ads that corporations and unions can finance in the days before an election, providing special interest groups with the opportunity for a far more expansive role in the 2008 elections.
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