Climate activists are comparing the right-wing, corporate agenda of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to the villains that bedevil Harry Potter in a new website. Chamber President Tom Donohue looms as a Lord Voldemort figure on the site. This mini-campaign was launched in conjunction with the final installment of the Harry Potter movies, like climate change, one of the defining phenomena of the millenial generation. At the U.S. Chamber of Secrets, the 350.org campaign exposes the lobby group’s sordid history of opposing progress:
In real life, groups like the US Chamber of Commerce use money to charm their way into the offices of our elected leaders. In real life, they use their coffers of cash to intimidate politicians, fund extremist candidates, and run propaganda campaigns telling us that our tax dollars belong in the pockets of corporations.
As spooky as the last installment of Harry Potter might be, the real life story of the US Chamber of Commerce might actually be hiding more sinister secrets. From fighting against civil rights and clean air to their attempts to dismantle health care and stop action on climate change: The US Chamber is hiding much of its history away.
“Hogwarts isn’t the only place with a dark secret,” the site explains, asking people to join 350.org’s campaign against the Chamber’s anti-American activities, “The U.S. Chamber Doesn’t Speak For Me.”