Citizens United Decision Bolstering Business Lobby’s Efforts

March 17, 2010
According to reports from The New York Times and The Washington Post, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a big business lobbying group, is planning to spend even larger sums of money to influence this year's midterm elections. Thomas J. Donohue, leader of the chamber, told The Post that its electioneering plans are "the most aggressive voter-education and issue-advocacy effort in our nearly hundred-year history." The Times reported yesterday the chamber is also unleashing a "multimillion dollar wave of advertising that rivals the ferocity of a presidential campaign" and will target Democrats "whose votes will determine the fate of President Obama's top domestic priority," heal care reform.

The Post notes:

The chamber's potential impact on the November elections was bolstered further by a recent Supreme Court decision, which allows corporations and their surrogates to spend freely on political ads for and against specific candidates right up to Election Day.

The newspaper also reports that the White House, recognizing the growing public opposition to the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. FEC, is trumpeting its efforts to mitigate the ruling.