Tea partiers are proving a bad ROI for the Chamber of Commerce:
More significantly, the chamber’s big spending in 2010 to elect a House GOP majority appears to have backfired. Many of the conservative lawmakers the chamber helped elect are now an impediment to the business lobby’s legislative priorities, either by contributing to Congress’ dysfunction or by actively opposing chamber-backed measures.
Although chamber-backed candidates are not the most outspoken critics of immigration reform, as ThinkProgress reported last month, 19 House members who received contributions from the chamber’s political action committee in 2010 and 2012 have stated their opposition to the Senate immigration bill.
In the Senate, where 14 Republicans voted in favor of the legislation, only four were backed by chamber money. Sens. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) received more than $1 million each from the chamber in their 2010 campaigns. All three voted against the immigration bill. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) benefitted from almost $750,000 in chamber spending. He also voted against the legislation.
Ditto transportation, etc. If only there had been some way to know tea party candidates would be obstinate reactionaries before they were elected!