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Reed’s departure from Chamber latest in series of changes

Veteran top political strategist Scott Reed’s bitter split with the business lobby is not the first sign of new direction for big-spending group


Oct. 9, 2020
By William Ehart

It’s been more than a year of major changes for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, following Suzanne Clark’s ascension to the post of president in June 2019 to share leadership with longtime CEO Tom Donohue. The acrimonious departure of top political strategist Scott Reed late last month is the latest shoe to drop.

The Chamber has said that Reed was fired for cause, including leaking to the press and distorting facts. Reed told The New York Times, which first reported his departure, that he left of his own accord, in part because, he claimed, the Chamber declined to spend more on two vulnerable GOP senators down the home stretch: Susan Collins of Maine and Thom Tillis of North Carolina. He also had harsh words seemingly aimed at 81-year old Donohue, telling The Washington Post that the organization should have term limits for senior executives.