Chamber of Commerce Out for Revenge over Ex-Im Bank

The Chamber of Commerce has decided to start working for the defeat of conservatives in Congress.

Others have written before on this blog about the open war between moneyed Republicans and the Tea Party, and especially between the Chamber of Commerce and the Tea Party. Another chapter in that story of battle and betrayal has come upon us as the Chamber of Commerce swears vengeance over the defeated, crony-capitalist Ex-Im Bank. The Ex-Im Bank, remember, used taxpayer subsidized loans to provide profits for corporations.  Naturally, when the Ex-Im Bank (Export-Import Bank) was allowed to expire, this termination of welfare was considered a dire attack.

Thus, the Daily Signal reports, “Chamber of Commerce Ready to Unseat Conservatives Who Buck Its Agenda.”

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is paving the way to unseat “obstructionist” Republicans in the House who have successfully blocked much of the organization’s agenda.

The move is spurred by Chamber frustration after the group poured nearly $70 million into the 2014 election to strengthen the Republican coalition in the Senate, only to have its efforts thwarted in the House, Politico reported Friday.

The Chamber intends to primary sitting House conservatives who have halted many of its legislative priorities, including immigration reform, the Export-Import Bank’s renewal and a long-term highway bill.

Ken Cuccinelli, president of the Senate Conservatives Fund, said the group’s strategy to target conservatives verifies that the lobbying organization is interested solely in “cronyism.”

“The Chamber exists to force taxpayers to line the pockets of large corporations and will do whatever it takes to defeat lawmakers who fight for the American people,” he said.

Naturally, this is all spun differently by the Chamber of Commerce’s representatives.

Chamber spokeswoman Blair Holmes downplayed the move as a “recommitment” to the organization’s success in last year’s primary and general elections. She told Politico the Chamber supports “pro-business” candidates regardless of party affiliation or incumbency status.

Grass-roots Republicans have been taught to think of “pro-business” as meaning in favor of freedom from regulations so that businesses can make a profit. But that’s not what it means to the Chamber of Commerce. It means corporate welfare that allows the rich to get richer while the poor are penalized.

I have no idea what the outcome of this struggle will be. All I know is that defeating the Chamber of Commerce is probably as important as any other victory that conservatives need to win. They are truly evil and corrupt.