In 2009, a single $86.2 million contribution from the health insurance industry's largest trade association, AHIP, accounted for almost half of the Chamber of Commerce's total contributions. Much of that money was dedicated to the Chamber's then-escalating campaign against the health care reform bill -- a campaign the Chamber characterized as an advocacy effort on behalf of the broader business community.
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In the below ad, for instance, the Chamber warned of "increasing health care costs for businesses and working families.
In his State of American Business Address earlier this year, Chamber CEO Tom Donohue bemoaned the plight of business owners.