Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Lobbyists on Immigration ‘Business’ Letter = 59.4%

Weasel-word alert:  Majority of  Immigration ‘Business’ letter signatures are from lobbyists.

I had read about a letter to Congress, signed by more than “450 Business Groups,” the business groups phrase made  my “weasel-words alert” go off and I went looking for the document.  By my count, 461 groups signed the letter, but 274 of those are not businesses, they are lobbying and trade association groups.  (In reality, 187 of the signatories are actual businesses, but weasels will be weasels.)

Welcome Back Congress

More than 450 Business Groups Stand United:

Enact Immigration Reform NOW

At the bottom of the letter, we have a list of the signatories, I grabbed a copy and fired up the old trusty spreadsheet.   In each of the titles, I looked for keywords that would give away the fact that these signatories are Lobbyists or Trade Associations (same thing really). 

Here is a list of the words that I searched for:
  • Alliance
  • Associated
  • Association
  • Bureau
  • Chamber
  • Coalition
  • Committee
  • Commission
  • Council
  • Federation
  • Forum
  • Greater
  • Immigra
  • Institute
  • Lawyer
  • League
List of signatories

Business Signatories (187)
Adams Insurance Service Inc.
Advanced Decisions Inc.
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)
AGCO Corp.
Air Products and Chemicals Inc.
American Action Network
American Project Consultants LLC
American Standard Development Co.
Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce
Applied Materials
Appvance Inc.
Arsenal Venture Partners
Aspen Square Hotel
Austin Ventures
Autodesk Inc.
Avid Park Capital LLC
Axcelis Technologies
Blount Partnership
Brokaw Nursery Inc.
Cadence Design Systems
Camarata Masonry Systems Ltd.
Capital Factory
Carpet Empire Plus
Caterpillar Inc.
Certification Body
Cervilenz Inc.
Cherry Lane Farms
Cisco Systems Inc.
Collaborative Communications
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Concord Servicing Corp.
Concord Software Leasing Corp.
Corning Inc.
Cottonwood Technology Fund - NVCA Member
Cummins Inc.
Dairy Producers of New Mexico
Danna & Danna Inc.
Danna Farms Inc.
Danna Investment Co.
Danna Land Co.
Danna Properties LP
Deloitte LLP
Delta Planning Inc.
Denton Glass Co.
Diversified Thermal Insulation
Dow Chemical Co.
eBay Inc.
EcoFactor Inc.
Edison Ventures
Einstein’s Alley NJ
Elance Inc.
EnerNOC Inc.
ETM-Electromatic Inc.
Everett Partners Ltd.
F5 Networks
Farmers Investment Co.
Finelite Inc.
FirstFruits of Washington
FUJIFILM Dimatix Inc.
Gazzang Inc.
General Electric
Google Inc.
Grok Inc.
Hilton Worldwide
Huffman & Hawbaker Farms
IBC Bank
IBM Corp.
Ingersoll Rand
Intel Corp.
Intersouth Partners
IRONCO Enterprises LLC
Jan Medical Inc.
JumpStart Inc.
Juniper Networks
K & W Mfg. Co. Inc.
Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers
KnowledgeTree Inc.
Kovio Inc.
Lassen Canyon Nursery Inc.
Lee & Hayes PLLC
LiveOps Inc.
Lone Star Boat, RV & Self Storage
Madrona Venture Group
Marriott International Inc.
Marvell Semiconductor Inc.
MC Marketing Group LLC
Melaleuca Inc.
Microsoft Corp.
Mitsubishi International Corp.
Motive Power Systems Inc.
Motorola Solutions Inc.
Nitero Inc.
OCZ Technology Group Inc.
ON Semiconductor
OnShift Inc.
Oregon Cherry Growers Inc.
Packard Place
Paramount Citrus
Paramount Farming Co.
Partnership for a New American Economy
Paymetric Inc.
Permac Industries
Preemptive Solutions
Prime Time International
Producers Chemical Co.
Professional Landcare Network
PTV Sciences
Purple Leaf LLC
R&L Well Drilling LLC
Rackspace Hosting Inc.
River Cities Capital Funds
Robert Mann Packaging Inc.
Rollins Inc.
S3 Ventures LLC
SailPoint Technologies Inc.
Santa Clara University
Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International
Signature Landscape Inc.
Silicon Valley Bank
Silicon Valley Leadership Group
Society for Human Resource Management
Society of American Florists
Sports Tutor Inc.
State Agriculture and Rural Leaders
Sun-Maid Growers of California
Sunshine Hope
Surplus Service
SV Angel
Synopsys Inc.
Texas Instruments Inc.
The National Grange
The Shurtleff Group
TransPak Inc.
TransPremier LLC
Trimble Navigation
Uesugi Farms Inc.
Ugaldes Restaurant
United Dairymen of Arizona
Venture Investors LLC
Vessey & Company Inc.
Vida Capital Inc.
Virgin America
Washington Laboratories and American
Welch Foods Inc.
Western Digital Corp.
Western Growers
Western United Dairymen
Willits & Newcomb Inc.
Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce
Woodrow Engineering Co.
Woolley Engineering Research Corp.
XTn Group LLC
Zacarias Actuarial Consultants Inc.
Zachry Holdings Inc.

* There were about seven groups that I know to by lobbying groups, I added the term (Association) the the name.

Signatories: Trade Associations  -- Lobbyists (274)
Albany-Colonie (NY) Regional Chamber
Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers
American Action Forum
American Association of University Women (AAUW)
American Beekeeping Federation
American Coatings Association
American Council of Engineering Companies
American Council on International Personnel
American Farm Bureau Federation
American Feed Industry Association
American Honey Producers Association
American Hotel & Lodging Association
American Immigration Lawyers Association
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
American Jewish Committee (NJ)
American Meat Institute
American Nursery & Landscape Association
American Sheep Industry Association
Anaheim (CA) Chamber of Commerce
Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Arizona Farm Bureau Federation
Arizona Nursery Association
Arizona Technology Council
Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/Associated
Arlington Chamber of Commerce (TX)
Associated Industries of Massachusetts
Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado
Association for Competitive Technology
Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber
Baton Rouge Area (LA) Chamber
Belton Area Chamber of Commerce
Bennington Area (VT) Chamber of Commerce
BSA | The Software Alliance
Buckeye Valley (AZ) Chamber of Commerce
Business Council of Alabama
Business Council of New York State Inc.
Cabarrus (NC) Regional Chamber of Commerce
California Chamber of Commerce
California Cotton Ginners Association
California Cotton Growers Association
California Farm Bureau Federation
California Grape and Tree Fruit League
California Strawberry Commission
Chamber of Commerce of St. Joseph County (IN)
Chamber of Commerce Southwest LA
Chamber West (UT)
Chambers of Commerce Alliance of Ventura & Santa Barbara Counties (CA)
Chandler (AZ) Chamber of Commerce
Chicago Southland (IL) Chamber of Commerce
Chicagoland (IL) Chamber of Commerce
Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry
Colorado Nursery & Greenhouse Association
Committee of 100 for Economic Development Inc. (LA)
Compete America (Association)
Computer & Communications Industry Association
Connecticut Nursery and Landscape Association
Consumer Electronics Association
Convention-Visitors Bureau
Cordele-Crisp (GA) Chamber of Commerce
Dakota County (MN) Regional Chamber of Commerce
Dallas Regional Chamber
Daytona (FL) Regional Chamber of Commerce
Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
East Bay (RI) Chamber of Commerce
East Valley (UT) Chamber
Erie (PA) Regional Chamber & Growth Partnership
Fall River Area (MA) Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce
Fitzgerald Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies
Flagstaff (AZ) Chamber of Commerce
Florida Chamber of Commerce
Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape Association
Fox Cities (WI) Chamber of Commerce & Industry
FWD.US (Association)
Gatlinburg (TN) Chamber of Commerce
Georgia Chamber of Commerce
Georgia Green Industry Association
Gilbert (AZ) Chamber of Commerce
Global Immigration Benchmarking Council
Goleta Valley (CA) Chamber of Commerce
Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition
Greater Boca Raton (FL) Chamber of Commerce
Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
Greater Des Moines (IA) Partnership
Greater Durham (NC) Chamber of Commerce
Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce
Greater Houston Partnership
Greater Indianapolis (IN) Chamber of Commerce
Greater Irving-Las Colinas (TX) Chamber of Commerce
Greater Memphis (TN) Chamber
Greater Omaha Chamber (NE)
Greater Pittsburgh (PA) Chamber of Commerce
Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
Greater Richmond (VA) Chamber
Greater San Antonio (TX) Chamber of Commerce
Greater San Fernando Valley (CA) Chamber of Commerce
Greater Topeka (KS) Chamber of Commerce
Green Bay Area (WI) Chamber of Commerce
Grower-Shipper Association of Central California
Gulf Citrus Growers Association
Henderson County (NC) Chamber of Commerce
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton (SC) Chamber of Commerce
Hispanic Leadership Network (Association)
HR Policy Association
Hudson County (NJ) Chamber of Commerce
Idaho Dairymen’s Association
Idaho Farm Bureau Federation
Idaho Nursery and Landscape Association
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Illinois Farm Bureau
Illinois Green Industry Association
Illinois Technology Association
Indiana Chamber of Commerce
Indiana Farm Bureau
Indiana Nursery and Landscape Association
Indiana Restaurant & Lodging Association
Industries of Arkansas (Association)
Information Technology Industry Council
International Dairy Foods Association
Irrigation Association
Jefferson Chamber of Commerce
Johnson City TN Chamber of Commerce
Kansas Chamber of Commerce
Kansas Farm Bureau
Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce
Laredo (TX) Chamber of Commerce
Las Vegas (NV) Metro Chamber of Commerce
Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce
Long Beach (CA) Chamber of Commerce
Longview (TX) Chamber of Commerce
Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. (LAEDC) (Association)
Loudoun County (VA) Chamber of Commerce
Louisiana Irrigation Association
Lubbock (TX) Chamber of Commerce
Manhattan (NY) Chamber of Commerce
Maryland Nursery and Landscape Association
Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange (MITX) (Association)
Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (Association)
Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council
Meadowlands (NJ) Regional Chamber
Metro South Chamber of Commerce (MA)
Michigan Apple Association
Michigan Chamber of Commerce
Michigan Farm Bureau
Michigan Milk Producers Association
Michigan Nursery & Landscape Association
Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
MIND Research Institute
Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
Minnesota Farm Bureau
Minnesota High Tech Association
Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association
Monterey County Farm Bureau
Morris County (NJ) Chamber of Commerce
Morris County (NJ) Hispanic-American Chamber of Commerce
Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association
Myrtle Beach Area (SC) Chamber of Commerce
Naperville Area (IL) Chamber of Commerce
Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce
National Association of Manufacturers
National Christmas Tree Association
National Council of Agricultural Employers
National Council of Chain Restaurants
National Council of Farmer Cooperatives
National Foreign Trade Council
National Grape Cooperative Association Inc.
National Immigration Forum
National Onion Association
National Potato Council
National Retail Federation
National Roofing Contractors Association
National Venture Capital Association
New England Apple Council
New Jersey Main Street Alliance
New Jersey Nursery & Landscape Association
New Mexico Association of Commerce & Industry
New York Farm Bureau
New York Technology Council
Nisei Farmers League
NM Association of Commerce & Industry
North American Blueberry Council
North Carolina Farm Bureau
North Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association
North Carolina Technology Association
North East Ohio International Business Network (Association)
Northeast Dairy Producers Association
Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce
Northumberland County (VA) Chamber of Commerce
OFA – The Association of Horticulture Professionals
Ohio Chamber of Commerce
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation
Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association
Ohio Venture Association
Oregon Association of Nurseries
Oregon Farm Bureau
Outdoor Amusement Business Association Inc.
Overland Park Chamber of Commerce
Oxnard (CA) Chamber of Commerce
Palm Desert Area (CA) Chamber of Commerce
Pennsylvania Farm Bureau
Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce
Port Hueneme (CA) Chamber of Commerce
Prescott (AZ) Chamber of Commerce
Produce Marketing Association
Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce
Rancho Cordova (CA) Chamber of Commerce
Retail Industry Leaders Association
Rochester (MN) Area Chamber of Commerce
Rogers-Lowell Area (AR) Chamber of Commerce
Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship
Salt Lake (UT) Chamber
San Antonio (TX) Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
San Diego County Farm Bureau
San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce
Santa Clara (CA) Chamber of Commerce and
Schuylkill (PA) Chamber of Commerce
Scottsdale (AZ) Chamber of Commerce
Semiconductor Industry Association
South Carolina Chamber of Commerce
South Carolina Farm Bureau
South East Dairy Farmers Association
South Metro Denver Chamber
St. Louis (MO) Regional Chamber
St. Paul Area Chamber (MN)
Statewide Asian Indian Chamber of Commerce (NJ)
Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (NJ)
Sweet Potato Council of California
Technology Association of Oregon
Technology CEO Council
Telecommunications Industry Association
Tempe (AZ) Chamber of Commerce
Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Tennessee Farm Bureau
Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition
Texas Association of Business
Texas Farm Bureau
Texas International Produce Association
Texas Nursery & Landscape Association
The Business Council of New York State Inc.
The Center for APA Women (Association)
The Chamber of Reno, Sparks, and Northern Nevada
The Internet Association
The Latino Coalition
The MIDJersey Chamber of Commerce
The New England Council
The Partnership for a New American Economy (Association)
The Technology Association of Georgia
Tompkins County (NY) Chamber of Commerce
Torrance (CA) Area Chamber of Commerce
Tucson (AZ) Hispanic Chamber
Tucson (AZ) Metro Chamber of Commerce
Tulsa (OK) Regional Chamber
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
U.S. Travel Association
United Fresh Produce Association
Valley Industry & Commerce Association
Ventura (CA) Chamber of Commerce
Ventura County Agricultural Association
Virginia Chamber of Commerce
Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association
Virginia Farm Bureau
Virginia Green Industry Council
Virginia Nursery & Landscape Association
Washington Farm Bureau
Washington Growers League
Washington State Dairy Federation
Washington Technology Industry Association
West Coast Mennonite Central Committee
Western Agricultural Processors Association
White Pine (NV) Chamber of Commerce
Wine Institute
Yuma Fresh Vegetable Association

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