Although many of the House and Senate candidates that the chamber backed didn’t win their elections this year, Donohue said the business lobby would continue its campaign work. The 100-year-old organization, he said, will “strengthen and improve itself as an organization and as an influential force and powerful brand.”
He added, “We will expand our grass-roots network ... while gearing up and refreshing our political program for the next election cycle.”
The chamber in the 2012 election cycle spent upward of $32 million on its favored candidates, according to data collected by the Sunlight Foundation. The group is also on pace to spend more than $100 million on lobbying in the past year, based on reports filed with Congress under the Lobbying Disclosure Act.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.