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Those who continue to deny the existence of an alliance between the business community and government need look no further than the City of Laguna Niguel (CA), where the local Chamber of Commerce is ensconced right in the new mega-million dollar Laguna Niguel City Hall!
This should really come as no surprise to anyone. For years, the local Chamber, not unlike its parent, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, has been a mouthpiece for business interests to the detriment of the consumer. And these interests are clearly reflected in the Chamber’s endorsements of candidates for political office.
Is it any wonder that the individual who represents South Orange County in the California State Senate (Mimi Walters. R. Laguna Niguel) has once again received a zero percent (0%) rating by the non-partisan Consumer Federation of California? Walters was a predictable rubber stamp for the local Chamber when she served on the Laguna Niguel City Council in the late 90′s and early 2000′s.
In 2009, The U.S. Chamber of Commerce spent over $140 million lobbying Congress, and about $50 million of that went to opposing a federal climate bill. The late Steve Jobs, founder and CEO of Apple. Inc., stated “Apple supports regulating greenhouse gas emissions, and it’s frustrating to find the Chamber at odds with us in that effort.”
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is currently spending millions on various political campaigns throughout the United States in order to put its puppets into Congress—elected officials who will do the bidding for the giant corporations.
And, needless to say, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce heartily endorses the poster-child for job outsourcing, Mitt Romney. But then, why wouldn’t they? After all, they have common interests. Unfortunately their interests are inimical to those of the American people.
The Honorable Eddie Rose
Former Laguna Niguel (CA) City Councilman
“A Voice—Not an Echo”