Local Politics

North Carolina Chamber

Posted March 8, 2013 3:34 p.m. EST
Updated January 12, 2015 1:33 p.m. EST

As they describe themselves: At the core of the North Carolina Chamber's advocacy mission is job creation. Good jobs are a vital component of a thriving North Carolina economy. Strengthening the state’s ability to attract, keep and grow jobs is our Chamber's highest priority. More here.

On the web: www.ncchamber.net

Affiliates and brands: The chamber has a number of publication titles but largely lobbies and puts out research material under its own name.

Network*: Unaligned. 

Funding: The chamber raised $2.6 million in 2011, according to its IRS 990 form. The bulk of that money came from membership dues and program fees. 

IRS 990: North Carolina Chamber 2013 IRS 990

State Information: The chamber earns its money from dues and revenues from programs, which makes it exempt from having to register with the N.C. Secretary of State's charitable solicitation section. 

Lobbyist: Five members of the chamber's staff are registered lobbyists for 2013. 

Media Profile: The North Carolina Chamber is the state lobby for big business. It is politically neutral to a large degree, taking a stand on issues with regard to what's good for their members rather than along a particular ideological line. The group has worked with Democrats and Republicans alike.

The chamber was instrumental in passing a bill that limits the amount of unemployment insurance a worker can collect when they are laid off. It was founded in 1942 and is a 501(c)(6), the category of nonprofits set aside from chambers of commerce and business trade groups. 

* Many of the public policy think tanks and advocacy groups active in North Carolina fall into one of two camps: A liberal circuit with ties to the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation and a conservative circuit with ties to the John William Pope Foundation. For more, click here.