At last week's candidate forums, Dan Meyer, president and CEO of the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce, took great pains to disassociate the local Chamber from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. "We ain't them," he said in effect, reacting to recent investigative reports that the U.S. Chamber was raising and spending millions to defeat Democrats and elect Republicans by using loopholes in the IRS designation called a 501(c)(6). Under those provisions the U.S. Chamber can raise and spend unlimited funds without ever disclosing any of its donors.
According to Think Progress, the Chamber promised to spend an unprecedented $75 million to defeat Democrats and elect Republicans.
While disavowing any connection to the U.S. Chamber, Mr. Meyers did, however, explicitly support "the right" of the U.S. Chamber to spend that kind of unreported money.