According to Wikipedia: the United States Chamber of Commerce (USCC) is the world's largest not-for-profit lobbying group, representing many businesses and associations across the US.
The Chamber is staffed with policy specialists, lobbyists and lawyers and is known for spending more money than any other lobbying organization on a yearly basis.
Max Brantley shares a press release from Arkansas members of Americans for Financial Reform urging Congress to pass strong legislation to overhaul the financial system. The statement also urges Arkansans to be skeptical of the slick television ads sponsored by the USCC. The ads were part of a $3 million campaign by the Chamber to oppose a Consumer Financial Protection Board.
Small business owners from the Main Street Alliance network responded with their support for a strong, independent consumer agency and question the backing for the Chamber’s new ads.
Los Angeles Times article by Tom Hamburger reports how a swelling tide of money could put the Chamber in an even better position to sway elections.