I think it's good to see that our local CBICC people aren't happy with the way the Chamber of Commerce meddled in politics by exploiting the horrific loophole created by the Supreme Court with the Citizens United ruling that allowed unlimited anonymous spending by multinational corporations to manipulate elections, while individuals are limited to a few thousand dollars at most. (And of course few ordinary citizens can afford to spend even that amount.)
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is under fire from some local chambers over its hard-hitting $75 million ad campaign to elect a Republican House, with dozens of groups distancing themselves from the effort and a handful even quitting the national group in protest.
“We were getting pounded. We felt here, in central Pennsylvania, that the ads they were running were not professional ads,” said David Wise, president of the Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County, which is considering dropping its national membership. “This was not a unifying event.
It's been wonderful to see the whole community react to the potential loss of our totemic community meeting place. Here's a message from Elaine, the principle of the bookstore, explaining some of the details of the situation:
(Transcribed from the video above)
"As it stands now, this 30-day notice is a bit of a death sentence. The downtown location on Allen street is about 80% of my business's cash flow, so taking that away suddenly means I have 12 employees that I don't have jobs for, it also means that I can't make my monthly "nut", as you call it, let alone getting (new) financing.
The response to this has been, to say the least, overwhelming, and I am truly grateful from the bottom of my heart."