NY Attorney General is investigating the US Chamber of Commerce

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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is taking a close look at the Chamber of Commerce’s political activities. On Tuesday – Schneiderman issued a subpoena to executives with organizations that have funneled millions of dollars into the Chamber of Commerce under the disguise of charity contributions, to determine whether or not that money was actually used for political purposes – like running ads against Democrats and lobbying Congress.

Conservatives like Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers have been exploiting the tax code, claiming tax-exempt status, to shield their donors, while they run blatant political advertising. But now, Attorney General Schneiderman is on to them and his investigation could blow open the doors of SuperPAC campaign contributions – revealing exactly who is behind all the money flowing into the 2012 election.

Republicans had hoped this issue wouldn’t be litigated before the election, so as to keep the anonymous money flowing in, but with Attorney General Schneiderman throwing around some subpoenas, he could be our best hope to bringing some much needed transparency to our politics. Keep an eye on this one.

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