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Watchdog Group Again Urges FBI And DoJ to Investigate US Chamber Of Commerce Widespread Financial Improprieties
On August 4, 2010, StopTheChamber.com spokesman and attorney Kevin Zeese received a letter from a purported Chamber of Commerce insider in response to the group's reward offer. In short, the insider compares Chamber CEO Tom Donohue to Jack Abramoff, Michael Scanlon and Bernie Madoff, in the manner in which he is scamming companies to serve his own interests rather than the interests of the business community. He alleges fraud, campaign finance violations and financial improprieties that could be uncovered with a criminal investigation. Equally troubling, he alleges that Mr. Donohue does not fear the FEC or Congress and has a plan in place to attack the Department of Justice if the DOJ investigates him.
"I am concerned about the activities that have been going on here [at the Chamber] and I believe that decent people are going to get hurt and tarnished if something is not done."
"[T]he Chamber coordinates directly with the Republican Party on issues, ads, legislation, candidates and everything else...."
"Companies that give money to the Chamber are told that their money will be kept secret from everyone including the Government. They are given specific instructions on how to circumvent campaign finance regulations."
"[T]here is a vast amount of secrecy about what money comes in and what it is used for. [M]oney meant for one thing has actually been redirected to another thing on orders from Mr. Donohue and without the knowledge of the company that gave the money."
"[I]f there was an audit done of the Chamber's finances and cross
referenced to those companies that gave [[the] money, there would be vast
discrepancies between income and outlays."
Mr. Zeese immediately forwarded the whistleblower letter to the FBI and DOJ with a request to investigate the detailed allegations in the letter. http://www.velvetrevolution.us/stop_chamber/images/COC_DOJ_Letter8410.pdf