Exclusive: U.S. Chamber Denies It Paid for Evangelical Immigration Ads
On Thursday, Blair Latoff Holmes, Senior Director of Communications at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, denied a claim from a spokesperson for the Evangelical Immigration Table that the Chamber paid for an ad campaign the evangelical group launched on May 31 in support of the Gang of Eight immigration bill.
Breitbart News has reported that the ads, which contain a disclaimer that they were paid for by the Evangelical Immigration Table, were paid for by the National Immigration Forum, an organization that receives substantial funding from George Soros.
Earlier on Thursday, Reverend Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, a member of the Evangelical Immigration Table, and a senior editorial advisor for The Christian Post, spoke with Napp Nazworth of the Christian Post, who reported "The money for the ads came from Paul Singer, a Republican hedge fund billionaire, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Walmart, and other leading Christian business owners, Rodriguez explained."
In an email sent to Breitbart News late Thursday, Ms. Holmes acknowledged that the Chamber has given to the National Immigration Forum for years, but flatly denied giving money to them specifically for the ads, or giving any money at all directly to the Evangelical Immigration Table:
The Chamber has contributed to the National Immigration Forum generally, and has done so for years. But we have never given to the National Immigration Forum for ads or given any money to the Evangelical Immigration Table. Whether or not the National Immigration Forum contributed to this ad, I don’t know – you will have to check with them.
Breitbart News has asked Reverend Rodriguez to explain the apparent discrepancy between his statement that the Chamber paid for the ad and the Chamber's denial, but has not yet received a response.