Yahoo! Joins Apple in Abandoning U.S. Chamber of Commerce

— by Matt Trojan, in a U.S. ChamberWatch repost

Joining a growing list of major corporations that are upset with the U.S. Chamber’s pay-to-play model, where the U.S. Chamber’s brand is for-sale to the highest bidder, Yahoo! Has abandoned the U.S. Chamber citing the business lobby’s active work against their interests. According to Politico’s Morning Tech:

Yahoo has quietly left the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, MT has learned. For Yahoo’s part, a spokeswoman would only say to MT that the company “has memberships with numerous trade associations and belongs to a number of organizations that promote a free and fair marketplace which enable Yahoo! to innovate on behalf of our more than 700 million users. As our membership renewal time neared and we reviewed our membership, we decided not to renew.”

Yahoo didn’t elaborate any further, and the Chamber said it does not comment on membership changes. But we know one thing for sure: The two didn’t see eye to eye on at least one issue. That’s the PROTECT IP Act, which the Chamber strongly supports and Yahoo greatly opposes. We’re following.

More than fifty local Chamber of Commerce’s have quit the U.S. Chamber, citing their extreme and draconian positions on climate change, Wall Street and health care reform. In addition, nearly a dozen major corporations have abandoned or disavowed the U.S. Chamber for their radical positions and pay-to-play model.


3 Responses to Yahoo! Joins Apple in Abandoning U.S. Chamber of Commerce

  1. Wes Rolley says:

    “Pay-to-play model” sounds like business politics as usual.

    And some wonder why there is a protest?

  2. One less forward-leaning company in the Greenhouse Gas Chamber of Commerce. Yahoo!

  3. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    There’s an old joke about the New South Wales Police, corrupt since the days of the Rum Corps. ‘The best police force money can buy’. Naturally, these days, they’ve ‘cleaned up their act’-of course. The difference with current politics is that the master-servant relationship between money power and political service is open and unashamed. John Norton (you must read ‘The Wild Men of Sydney’ by Cyril Pearl, a member of that now extinct species, the honest and talented mainstream journalist)an earlier avatar of Rupert Murdoch, but with more charisma, said of the Sydney wallopers ‘A honest cop is one, who when bought, stays bought’.