Chamber Engages In Dirty Tricks
In a move worthy of Richard Nixon himself, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce last year hired a lobbying firm to discredit opposing interest groups. Think Progress, one of those groups, got hold of a memo produced by “Team Themis” the name the dirty tricksters gave themselves (CREEP anyone?).
According to one document prepared by Team Themis, the campaign included an entrapment project. The proposal called for first creating a “false document, perhaps highlighting periodical financial information,” to give to a progressive group opposing the Chamber, and then to subsequently expose the document as a fake to undermine the credibility of the Chamber’s opponents. In addition, the group proposed creating a “fake insider persona” to “generate communications” with Change to Win.
While this type of activity certainly meets the criteria for the “Spirit of Enterprise” (see image above), I’m not sure it meets the criteria for a Spirit of Ethics. Somewhere Haldeman and Ehrlichman are smiling.Click here for reuse options!
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