Another Smear from the Center for American Progress

Feb 11, 2011
  • The U.S. Chamber never hired or solicited proposals from HBGary, Palantir or Berico, the security firms being talked about on the web. 
  • HBGary’s proposal, which has been written about by ThinkProgress, was not requested by the Chamber, it was not delivered to the Chamber, and it was never discussed with anyone at the Chamber.  The leaked e-mails appear to show that HBGary was willing to propose questionable actions in an attempt to drum up business, but the Chamber was not aware of these proposals until HBGary’s e-mails leaked.
  • No money, for any purpose, was paid to any of those three private security firms by the Chamber, or by anyone on behalf of the Chamber, including Hunton and Williams.
  • The Center for American Progress and its blog, ThinkProgress, disagree with the Chamber’s policy stances and are perpetrating a smear campaign by trying to create the illusion of a connection between HBGary, its CEO Aaron Barr and the Chamber.  Lest we forget, these baseless attacks are coming from the same group whose attacks on the Chamber last fall for ‘foreign funds’ were proven by both the Associated Press and to have no merit.  The reality is that the actions of Mr. Barr and HBGary are their own, as is reflected in the leaked e-mails.

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