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24 Apr 2017

Public Citizen

NGO letter urges Disney to cease funding US Chamber of Commerce

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We are writing you to urge that the Walt Disney Company cease funding the United States Chamber of Commerce...Disney has made several commitments related to the fight against climate change, [including] committing to reduce its net greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2020... The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is doing everything it can to block efforts to combat both climate change and anti-smoking laws and regulations...[and] is one of the biggest obstacles to serious, effective action on climate change here in the U.S...The Chamber is now working hand in glove with President Trump and Republicans in Congress to enact its anti-environmental, anti-consumer agenda. Your customer base and employees are ideologically diverse, and purchasing Disney products, viewing Disney films, or visiting Disney Parks should not require consumers to fund a partisan agenda with which many may disagree. By way of comparison, Disney’s 2016 political spending was exactly even, giving $93,250 each to both Democrats and Republicans.