January 01, 1970 | Public Citizen | News
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce styles itself as the nation’s leading business group. Its legitimacy as the voice of the business community rests largely on its purportedly broad and deep membership. The Chamber claims that it represents “300,000 direct members and indirectly an underlying membership of more than three million U.S. businesses and professional organizations of every size and in every economic sector and geographic region of the country.”
A 2014 report published by Public Citizen’s Chamber Watch project found that whatever the Chamber’s claims about the size of its membership, a very small number of entities provided the vast majority of its funding.