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.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.