The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a powerful, secretive business lobby funded largely through large corporate contributions, although the exact source of much of its funding remains murky since it is not required to disclose its donors. Year after year, it tops the list of lobbying spenders, and it also doles out big money – over $30 million in each of the 2010 and 2012 cycles – to influence national elections, largely through ads targeting Democratic candidates. Officially nonpartisan, the vast majority of the Chamber’s political beneficiaries are Republican, and it has worked heavily against top progressive priorities including health care reform and Wall Street reform.

Notable Facts:

  • Health insurance companies contributed over $100 million to the Chamber in 2009 and 2010, coinciding with the group’s efforts to block the Affordable Care Act.
  • After the Affordable Care Act passed, the Chamber backed repeal efforts and ran ads in both the 2010 and 2012 cycles attacking politicians who supported reform.
  • In 2012, the Chamber’s top targets were Democrats in competitive Senate races, unsuccessfully spending over $1 million each on efforts to defeat Tim Kaine (VA), Sherrod Brown (OH), Bill Nelson (FL), Tammy Baldwin (WI), Martin Heinrich (NM) and Jon Tester (MT).


See The Bridge Project Report On The US Chamber

View Financial Record
Grants In
Grants Out
Total Expenses
12014$81,090,858$206,005,860$196,792,567$0$203,820,959View 990
22013$94,624,484$164,930,174$155,989,771$0$161,972,221View 990
32012$79,421,634$188,374,764$179,378,925$0$207,327,194View 990
42011$113,477,015$147,372,355$137,025,565$0$145,695,316View 990
52010$93,690,896$198,586,150$188,796,550$0$187,167,794View 990
62009$85,648,431$214,617,809$205,434,412$0$210,732,339View 990
72008$76,297,007$147,113,025$139,924,246$0$149,639,040View 990
82007$80,518,901$120,481,662$112,598,712$0$110,770,577View 990
92006$64,538,179$124,079,111$116,864,553$0$119,841,956View 990
102005$60,266,502$134,643,353$128,747,363$0$126,601,825View 990
112004$40,784,028$90,854,804$70,970,902$0$93,839,923View 990
122003$39,281,345$76,227,227$55,589,449$0$78,452,021View 990

42 transactions on record as a recipient.

Ordered By: Year (Newer to Older)

1Freedom PartnersUS Chamber of Commerce$2,000,0002014+
2Crossroads GPSUS Chamber of Commerce$5,250,0002014+
3American Electric PowerUS Chamber of Commerce$250,0002013+
4QualcommUS Chamber of Commerce$170,0002013+
5MicrosoftUS Chamber of Commerce$442,5002012+
6Intel CorporationUS Chamber of Commerce$250,0002012+
7American Electric PowerUS Chamber of Commerce$525,0002012+
8MerckUS Chamber of Commerce$907,5002012+
9Exelon CorporationUS Chamber of Commerce$250,0002012+
10QualcommUS Chamber of Commerce$385,0002012+
11eBayUS Chamber of Commerce$100,0002012+
12John DeereUS Chamber of Commerce$55,0002012+
13AlcoaUS Chamber of Commerce$55,0002012+
14WellPointUS Chamber of Commerce$1,116,5022012+
15WellPointUS Chamber of Commerce$250,0002012+
16AetnaUS Chamber of Commerce$100,0002012+
17Prudential FinancialUS Chamber of Commerce$600,0002012+
18Norfolk SouthernUS Chamber of Commerce$100,0002012+
19Dow Chemical CompanyUS Chamber of Commerce$2,925,0002012+
20Freedom PartnersUS Chamber of Commerce$2,000,0002012+
21Freedom PartnersUS Chamber of Commerce$1,000,0002012+
22Reynolds AmericanUS Chamber of Commerce$45,0002012+
23Intel CorporationUS Chamber of Commerce$100,0002011+
24MicrosoftUS Chamber of Commerce$132,0002011+
25American Electric PowerUS Chamber of Commerce$250,0002011+
26MerckUS Chamber of Commerce$725,0002011+
27eBayUS Chamber of Commerce$100,0002011+
28AlcoaUS Chamber of Commerce$10,0002011+
29WellPointUS Chamber of Commerce$500,0002011+
30Dow Chemical CompanyUS Chamber of Commerce$1,648,7502011+
31AetnaUS Chamber of Commerce$4,050,0002011+
32Intel CorporationUS Chamber of Commerce$255,0002010+
33MicrosoftUS Chamber of Commerce$141,0002010+
34MerckUS Chamber of Commerce$725,0002010+
35WellPointUS Chamber of Commerce$250,0002010+
36MicrosoftUS Chamber of Commerce$152,0002009+
37Intel CorporationUS Chamber of Commerce$217,0002009+
38MerckUS Chamber of Commerce$320,0002009+
39AlcoaUS Chamber of Commerce$35,0002009+
40Intel CorporationUS Chamber of Commerce$286,5832008+
41AlcoaUS Chamber of Commerce$35,0002008+
42Intel CorporationUS Chamber of Commerce$125,0002007+
The transactions in Conservative Transparency are based on information reported by the donors and exclude 'dark money' raised by the recipients from unknown donors that are not in the database. For more information about our methodology, visit our about page.