The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s top lobbyist said Sunday that the Obama White House had “raised a Cain” in their very vocal attacks on the nation’s leading business group.
In an interview on "Fox News Sunday," Chamber executive vice president for government affairs Bruce Josten dismissed notion that with $488 million in lobbying spent since 1998, his organization runs Washington. He said they were glad to work with White House on issues like cap-and-trade, but "things seem to change when we have a difference of opinion."
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"We haven't raised up the Cain; it came from their side of the street," he said. "We're not going to take the bait and engage in a name-calling campaign here."
The Chamber was slammed by the White House in recent months because it opposes several of its key, first-year initiatives such as cap-and-trade climate legislation and new financial regulations.
President Barack Obama has called Chamber advertisements "false" because of their opposition to a new Consumer Financial Protection Agency, which would regulate credit extended to businesses. The White House has also skirted the Chamber, meeting directly
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