I haven’t found evidence that the the Chamber of Commerce accepts money from oil producing states, but they definitely take money from large oil companies, and it wouldn’t surprise me if they accepted money from states like Louisiana and Alaska, which are the two top oil producing states in the US. The name of the game is corruption. Oil giants such as ExxonMobil, Hess, and Shell Oil give money to the Chamber of Commerce through its Business Civic Leadership Council. Foreign interests pay membership fees directly the to Chamber’s 501c (6) account. With that in mind it’s no wonder the Chamber’s president Thomas Donahue’s comments regarding the BP oil spill raised eyebrows as he indirectly implied that BP shouldn’t be responsible for paying the entire spill. Of course Donahue clarified his statements.
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