Thursday, January 21, 2010

What Would You Do With $123 Million?

That's the question we've been asking ourselves this morning here at R?S? amid reports that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce spent a record $71.19 million on lobbying just in the last three months of 2009. That's more than double its third quarter lobbying expenses of nearly $35 million, and brings the Chamber's 2009 total to a whopping $123 million.

And what has the Chamber been doing with all that cold, hard cash? Why, lobbying to kill clean energy and climate legislation of course!

To put the Chamber's massive total in perspective, let's look at what else the Chamber could have done with its $123 million:

• Financed multi-millionaire (and clean energy hater) Mitt Romney’s entire 2008 presidential campaign
• Completely built, shot, edited and produced any one of Peter Jackson’s three epic “Lord of the Rings” films
• Purchased six F-16 “Fighting Falcon” fighter jets or 20 M1A1 Abrams main battle tanks
• Or, you know, more than doubled the Obama administration’s recent announcement of a hefty $100 million in new Recovery Act grants for clean energy and energy efficiency

But knowing the Chamber as well as we do, if they didn’t spend it on lobbying, they’d probably go with the tanks… all the better to quash clean energy reform!

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