The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which spent more than $1.2 million in Hawaii on behalf of former Gov. Linda Lingle’s Republican campaign for U.S. Senate, did not fare well in last Tuesday’s elections.
The Washington Post reports that the chamber’s preferred candidates lost in 13 of 15 Senate races, including Virginia and Ohio, where the chamber spent the most money. In Hawaii, U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono, a Democrat, handed Lingle a 25-point defeat. The chamber spent more than any other interest group in the Hawaii Senate race.
From the Post:
Even the Chamber’s close allies agreed that this year’s record spending yielded disappointment and exposed potential rifts in the business community just as Congress begins to tackle the so-called “fiscal cliff” and related tax and spending issues.
“It is ugly,” said one veteran of Chamber campaigns, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid alienating the group.