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Chamber targets anti-business candidates

January 7, 2008 | 11:26 pm

With the nation's economy increasingly becoming a volatile issue in the presidential campaign, the president of the United States Chamber of Commerce is about to issue one very tough promise to spend millions of dollars against candidates deemed to be anti-business. (Are you listening John Edwards?)

Actually, are you listening, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee?

Tom Donohue tells The Times' Tom Hamburger no more Mr. Now and Then Nice Guy.

"We plan to build a grass-roots business organization so strong that when it bites you in the butt, you bleed," Donohue threatens. But how does he really feel? Donohue plans to outline exactly how hard the chamber will bite at a Washington news conference Tuesday, as a nice lighter change of pace from, say, New Hampshire politics.

Hamburger's entire exclusive story is available by clicking here.

--Andrew Malcolm