On Wednesday, Tom Donohue, the President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, vowed to make the Tea Party “feel some heat” in 2014 in order to get amnesty legislation passed.
In his “State of American Business” address, Donohue, without directly naming it, said that the Tea Party would face a “significant response” from the Chamber in 2014. He said “early involvement in the primaries is all about where we are going” and emphasized the group will try to make an impact “right from the beginning” in at least ten primary contests.
As Breitbart News reported, the Chamber is planning to spend at least $50 million to crush the Tea Party, largely because of the movement’s opposition to amnesty legislation, which the Congressional Budget Office determined would lower the wages of American workers and which the Chamber has been coveting.
He said the Chamber has “put more people in the field” since 2012 and is “prepared for this election.” Donohue said that the group would focus “intently on candidate selection” to ensure they are “successful” in influencing the outcome of races.
“If you can’t make them see the light, then at least make them feel some heat,” Donohue said. He stated the Chamber would have the “resources” to impact the 2014 midterm elections.