Congressional Candidates Benefit From Under-Investigation U.S. Chamber

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The New York Times reports that the big spending U.S. Chamber of Commerce is under investigation for shady money transfers between its bank account and affiliated non-profit foundations:

“[New York Attorney General Eric] Schneiderman issued a wide-ranging subpoena on Tuesday to executives at a foundation affiliated with the chamber, seeking e-mails, bank records and other documents to determine whether the foundation illegally funneled $18 million to the chamber for political and lobbying activities, according to people with knowledge of the investigation.”

Meanwhile, the Chamber continues to spend huge amounts on misleading TV ads—virtually all of which benefit Republicans. The Chamber spent $33 million in 2010 and they are well on their way to spending more than that in 2012, having pledged to spend $50 million on issue ads this election.

Here is who has gotten the Chamber’s help in the month of May:

Randy Altschuler (N.Y.-1)
John Barrow (Ga.-12)
Dan Benishek (Mich.-1)
John Brunner (Mo.-Senate)
Ann Marie Buerkle (N.Y.-24)
Chip Cravaack (Minn.-8)
Brendan Doherty (R.I.-1)
Chris Gibson (N.Y.-19)
Orrin Hatch (Utah-Senate)
Nan Hayworth (N.Y.-18)
Bill Johnson (Ohio-6)
Linda Lingle (Hawaii-Senate)
Jason Plummer (Ill.-12)
Bobby Schilling (Ill.-17)
Fred Upton (Mich.-6)

And here are the candidates it's attacked:

Sherrod Brown (Ohio-Senate)
Lois Frankel (Fla.-22)
Kathy Hochul (N.Y.-27)
Alan Grayson (Fla.-9)
Claire McCaskill (Mo.-Senate)
Bill Nelson (Fla.-Senate)
Bill Owens (N.Y.-21)
Louise Slaughter (N.Y.-25)

Visit the Center for Responsive Politics for more information about the Chamber’s political spending in 2010.