Alarmed at the increasingly populist tone of the 2008 political campaign, the president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is set to issue a fiery promise to spend millions of dollars to defeat candidates deemed to be anti-business.No, Tom, I don't think your demonstration is necessary. I don't think we need any further evidence of the wealth and benefits that CEOs get to enjoy. I also don't think we need to know about the jobs corporations create, albeit overseas via outsourcing.
"We plan to build a grass-roots business organization so strong that when it bites you in the butt, you bleed," chamber President Tom Donohue said. [...]
"I'm concerned about anti-corporate and populist rhetoric from candidates for the presidency, members of Congress and the media," he said. "It suggests to us that we have to demonstrate who it is in this society that creates jobs, wealth and benefits -- and who it is that eats them."
Regardless, the Lord of the Lobbyists will stop at nothing to protect the glory that is big business and release the hounds against those who would defile it:
Under a system Donohue pioneered, corporations contribute money to the chamber, which then finances attack ads targeting individual candidates without revealing the name of the businesses involved in the ads.Now that's the kind of go-getter attitude corporations like to see, right Tom?
No matter, Tom. You see, a lot of regular people can bite back too. And I have a hunch you're going to feel it, but good.
[H/T to the Muckraker, and supremely vampiric graphic by Liss]