WASHINGTON, Dec. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Stop The Chamber campaign, www.StopTheChamber.com, has posted a $200,000 reward for evidence which leads to the arrest and conviction of U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donohue. Mr. Donohue and the U.S. Chamber have been publicly accused of criminal activity in complaints filed by attorneys and Attorneys General in numerous states, and also by non-profits such as Citizens for Reform and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and Public Citizen. StopTheChamber.com now seeks direct evidence that will stand up in a court of law -- documents, affidavits, and testimony -- implicating Mr. Donohue for crimes including fraud, tax violations, campaign finance violations, money laundering, insider trading, election tampering, and criminal manipulations of pension funds. StopTheChamber.com wants to hear from insiders and whistleblowers possessing information not already in the public domain.
Specifically, StopTheChamber.com is seeking evidence pertaining to the period of Mr. Donohue's tenure at the Chamber and his membership on the boards of Sunrise Senior Living, Union Pacific, Qwest Communications (until 2005) and XM Satellite Radio (until 2008). The information provided must lead to or result in the arrest and conviction of Tom Donohue. The identity of those who provide information will be kept strictly confidential. The campaign has set up two different ways to accept tips -- 1-888-4U-CHAMBR (1-888-482-4627) and firstname.lastname@example.org.
The campaign has created a "Wanted" poster to spread the word about this $200,000 reward. http://www.velvetrevolution.us/stop_chamber/images/COC_Wanted_Poster_8.jpg. This poster is featured this week in a full-page color print ad in the Washington DC City Paper.
StopTheChamber.com, a group of organizations dedicated to a clean, transparent, honest, and accountable government, has asked the Department of Justice to open a RICO investigation into the Chamber's activities. "The Chamber of Commerce, under the leadership of Tom Donohue, has used pay-to-play, opaque, dishonest and unaccountable practices to corrupt all branches of Government and the elections of our representatives," said coalition spokesperson and attorney Kevin Zeese. "We have been investigating the unethical and criminal conduct of Donohue and the Chamber for quite some time and now we are asking more insiders to come forward with documents and other hard evidence to add to our request for a criminal prosecution. Our reward is meant to assist both law enforcement authorities and those who make the courageous decision to expose the Chamber's criminal wrongdoing."