Blog — Citizens United decision

January 22, 2010

The big winners in Thursday’s court ruling?

By CREW Staff

According to TPMMuckraker's Zachary Roth, one of the biggest winners in yesterday's Supreme Court decision is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Roth writes:

... that's not just because the court's ruling gives the corporations that make up the business lobby's membership an even greater voice in the political process than they've enjoyed until now.

As we explained last week, over the last decade, under CEO Tom Donohue, the Chamber has perfected a strategy of using the Chamber as a "pass-through" for corporations looking to run issue campaigns, but wary about having their names tied to the effort. In 2001, the Wall Street Journal described this as Donohue's "striking innovation."

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