Friday, February 11, 2011

US Chamber’s Lobbyists Hired Hackers To Sabotage Unions, Smear Chamber’s Political Opponents

by Lee Fang at
ThinkProgress has learned that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the big business trade association representing ExxonMobil, AIG, and other major international corporations, is working with set of “private security” companies and lobbying firms to undermine their political opponents, including ThinkProgress, with a surreptitious sabotage campaign.


  1. "...Sabotage Unions, Smear Chamber’s Political Opponents"
    That's not hard to do, so why did they bother paying someone else to do it?

    It's also ironic that the public employee unions who despise the Chamber still invest their pension funds heavily in the companies which make up the US Chamber of Commerce.

  2. Public Employee unions retirement are the reason why a privatized Social Security system is a bad idea. There is a lot of opposition to these pensions yet they were originally set up for people that opt out of Social Security. It hasn't worked so well.

    The following is from the Social Security web site:

    Do you work for an agency of a state or local government? Unlike workers in the private sector, not all state and local employees are covered by Social Security. Some are covered only by their public retirement pension program; some are covered by both public pensions and Social Security; and some are covered by Social Security only.

    When it began, the Social Security program did not include any of these employees. Over the years, the law has changed. Most employees have Social Security protection because their states and the Social Security Administration entered into special agreements called “Section 218 agreements.” Others are covered by a federal law passed in July 1991 when Social Security was extended to state and local employees who were not covered by an agreement and were not members of their agency’s public pension system.

    Except for workers specifically excluded by law, employees hired after March 31, 1986, also have Medicare ­protection. States may also obtain Medicare coverage for workers not covered for Social Security who have been continuously employed by the same state or local governmental employer since before April 1, 1986.

    Those workers covered for Social Security under a Section 218 agreement are automatically covered for Medicare.

    State and local government ­employees who are covered by Social Security and Medicare pay into these programs and have the same rights as private sector workers.


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