Melanie Collins, a Democrat and member of the Maine Small Business Coalition, speaks during a rally against the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's election spending.
With the election just more than two weeks away, liberal-leaning groups have also taken aim at the National Federation of Independent Business, a small-business lobby that claims some 350,000 members. The Madison, Wis.-based Center for Media and Democracy is accusing the lobby of representing big-business groups and supporting a conservative agenda with a new website, NFIBexposed.org.
U.S. Chamber Watch, long a small but vigilant tracker of the chamberís political activities, is now under the auspices of Public Citizen, one of the lead organizers of todayís event.
After the news conference, the activists, many of whom were sporting AFL-CIO and Communications Workers of America paraphernalia, delivered to the chamber a petition with 30,000 signatures calling on the group to disclose its corporate backers.
Correction: 2:12 p.m.
An earlier version of this article misstated the milestone of the mock birthday celebration for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. It was a mock 100th birthday celebration.
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.