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Media & the Wisconsin Labor Struggle: Countering Myths and Distortions

The Labor & Working Class Studies Project Presents


* LIsa Graves, Center for Media and Democracy
* Bob McChesney, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
* John Nichols, The Nation
* Matt Rothschild, The Progressive
* Molly Stentz, WORT-FM Community Radio
* Norm Stockwell, WORT-FM Community Radio

Free & open to the public

Majority of US Chamber of Commerce donations come from just 64 entities

2012 Tax Forms Reveal Donation Amounts

WASHINGTON - More than half of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s contributions in 2012 came from just 64 donors, according to a new reportreleased today by Public Citizen’s U.S. Chamber Watch program.

PAUL BUCHHEIT: Average American family pays $6,000 a year in subsidies to big business


That's over and above our payments to the big companies for energy and food and housing and health care and all our tech devices. It's $6,000 that no family would have to pay if we truly lived in a competitive but well-regulated free-market economy.

A BAGFUL OF CASH: How the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Orchestrated a Corporate Takeover of Government

The US Chamber of Commerce-- a 101 year-old organization formed as corporations’ first union—is the chief agent behind Congress’ kowtowing to corporate interests, the Supreme Court’s favorability to corporations in its rulings, and presidents of both parties’ insistence on accommodating the wishes of multinational corporations at the expense of working-class people all over the world.

FLOWERS & ZEESE: Learn to build economic democracy at the Democracy Convention!

Another jobs report is in and it shows continued waddling along in job creation, just enough to keep the unemployment figure stable. The reality is the collapse has cost the nation 3 million jobs and that number is not shrinking. The “Lost Out-Put Clock” shows the nation has lost $4,602,667,601,6089 in national income and counting since the 2008 collapse.

NYT: Big companies paid a fraction of corporate tax rate

The biggest, most profitable American companies paid only a fraction of the taxes they would owe under the official corporate rate, according to a study released on Monday by the Government Accountability Office.

Using allowed deductions and legal loopholes, large corporations enjoyed a 12.6 percent tax rate far below the 35 percent tax that is the statutory rate imposed by the federal government on corporate profits.

TNM: Elizabeth Warren Warns Supreme Court Owned by Chamber

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) used her remarks at the 2013 American Constitution Society for Law and Policy National Convention to warn that the Supreme Court is being captured by interests representing America’s biggest corporations:

NYT: Chamber head Donahue transformed group into horrifying political colossus

THOMAS J. DONOHUE is not one for sweet talk. No sooner had he been named president of the United States Chamber of Commerce in 1997 than he promised to “make life miserable” for Bill Archer, a powerful member of Congress.

WISCONSIN STATE JOURNAL: US Chamber Affiliate Throws $10,000 At City Council Candidates

(Note: The Greater Madison Chamber of Comerce is an affiliate of Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, which is the US Chamber of Commerce's legislative arm in Madison.)

(Originally published on March 31, 2013)

The Madison City Council will have a new look after Tuesday’s election. The big question: How new?

The council will have at least four new members with newcomers taking open seats, while 10 incumbents have opponents.