A major Republican political organization has announced its endorsement of a New Jersey Democrat in Congress.
Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) welcomed an endorsement from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which comes on the heels of him earning the Chamber’s “Spirit of Enterprise” Award and in the midst of his “Andy In Your Community” tour.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is by far the largest lobbying group in the U.S., having spent almost $1.4 billion on lobbying the federal government in the last two decades, more than three times as much as the next largest spender.
One of its main functions is to essentially act as a corporate “money laundering” machine through which companies can anonymously lobby for unpopular policies without having to face the public backlash and reputational damage they might encounter if they advocated for such things openly.
Before his 2018 election, Kim was s war and foreign policy adviser to President Barack Obama.
As the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access on the House Small Business Committee, Kim has influenced legislation to favor businesses instead of putting people first.
“Despite his youth, Andy Kim is a card-carrying member of the Beltway establishment press,” said progressive Democrat Lisa McCormick. “Andy Kim is an old-school DC politician, versed in Congress’s clubby culture of compromise, bipartisanship, and deal-making.”
“It’s a tragedy that Americans have been waiting for leadership from Democrats because few of the elected officials share the hope and aspirations of the Democratic Party electorate,” said McCormick. “Although our politicians have sold out, there is a chance for ordinary Americans to take responsibility for everything but that will mean individuals like you need to come together to help. I urge you to join the insurgency by signing up at LisaMcCormick.org”
Although the U.S. Chamber of Commerce regularly denounces the “costly” American legal system and the number of lawsuits filed, the Chamber itself is a prodigious litigator, one report (PDF) from Public Citizen’s U.S. Chamber Watch shows.
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