President Barack Obama plans to meet in India tomorrow with one of the groups his administration branded as a villain during the election campaign: a foreign affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Democrats seized on reports this year that the Chamber, the biggest lobbying group for U.S. business, had used overseas members to help pay for attack ads during the campaign. Obama called undisclosed corporate funding “a threat to our democracy.”
Obama is set to speak to the U.S.-India Business Council in Mumbai tomorrow. The council, representing companies such as Intel Corp., Citigroup Inc., Boeing Co. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc., has organized a group of 250 executives to visit India on what it calls the largest-ever U.S. trade mission.