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"Google, stand up for democracy and your users—quit the U.S. Chamber of Commerce!"
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Dear MoveOn member,
Right now we have a huge opportunity to deal what's being called a "serious blow
to one of Washington's most powerful lobbies."
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is an army of lobbyists for hire by mega-corporations
like banks and those in the fossil fuel industry.
In 2009, it spent more corporate money on lobbying than the next five biggest spenders
And 93% of its campaign spending goes to support Republicans and attack Democrats.
Google is a paying member of the Chamber, which means that part of the money they
make from Google users—ordinary people like us using Gmail, Google search, and other
Google products—goes into the Chamber's pockets to fight for Wall Street and Big
Oil. But the
and Politico recently reported that
at Google headquarters, employees are intensely debating whether Google should quit
the Chamber in the next few weeks.
Google quitting would be a huge blow to the Chamber's credibility. That's why we're
partnering with SumOfUs, a new movement to give consumers a voice in corporate decisions,
to make the case to Google that they should leave the Chamber. As Google users, we
can help those Google employees make their case.
Sign the petition now from Google users to Google employees to ask them to stand up for us and our democracy by quitting the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Google's unofficial motto is "Don't Be Evil." And they want to do what's right for
But by staying in the Chamber, they're legitimizing an institution that's hurting
their users all around the world every day.
That's why we're partnering with the new organization SumOfUs to encourage Google
to leave the Chamber.
There are dozens of reasons for Google employees—and Google users—to want Google
out of the Chamber.
Google's business model relies on a free and open Internet; right now the Chamber
is pushing Congress to pass an Internet censorship bill that would empower big corporations
to shut off ordinary citizens' websites without even a hearing.
Google invests millions in renewable energy; the Chamber has called for a "Scopes
monkey trial" to assault the science of climate change.
Google leads the world in workplace policies supporting LGBT employees; the Chamber
fights against basic anti-discrimination laws.
The Chamber's power rests on its credibility as a voice for business. When Apple
quit the Chamber in 2009 for ideological reasons, it made headlines all over the
If Google quits, it will be huge news and will undermine the Chamber's influence
Google users are the 99%. The Chamber is the 1%.
Join the call now for Google to be a champion for its users all over the world by
quitting the U.S. Chamber of Commerce:
Thanks for all you do.
–Daniel, Julia, Elena, Peter, and the rest of the team
1. "Google mulls divorcing Chamber of Commerce," Politico, November 4, 2011
2. "New Lobbying Reports Show Big Business Keeps Spending to Influence Politics,"
Center for Responsive Politics, January 21, 2010
3. "The U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Leading the Charge in Electing a Republican Congress,"
U.S. Chamber Watch (PDF), November 2010
4. "Google mulls divorcing Chamber of Commerce," Politico, November 4, 2011
5. "Sopa condemned by web giants as 'internet blacklist bill,'"
The Guardian, November 16, 2011
6. "Way Behind the Curve," The New York Times
, September 29, 2009
7. "The U.S. Chamber: Not a Friend to LGBT Businesses," U.S. ChamberWatch, April
8. "Apple Leaves U.S. Chamber Over Its Climate Position,"
Washington Post, October 6, 2009
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