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 chamber’s political activities, is now under the auspices of Public Citizen, one of the lead organizers of today’s 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.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.