More than half of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s contributions in 2012 came from just 64 donors, according to a new report released today by Public Citizen’s U.S. Chamber Watch program. The report, “The Gilded Chamber: Despite Claims of Representing Millions of Businesses, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Gets Most of Its Money From Just 64 Donors,” analyzes the 1,619 contributions listed by the Chamber and its affiliate working against consumer access to courts, the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), on their 2012 Form 990 tax returns. Just a tiny fraction of their donors account for most of their contributions, Public Citizen found. The average reported contribution to the U.S. Chamber was $111,254, with the top 43 entities donating a combined $80.4 million. “The U.S. Chamber is one of the largest conduits of dark money in the country, but it refuses to disclose its donors,” said Lisa Gilbert, director of Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division, where U.S. Chamber Watch is housed.
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