UPDATE: AFL non-profit got $28.5 million in government grants, CIPE got $16.6 million 

It's been suggested that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's National Chamber Foundation isn't the free enterprise side's appropriate international analogy to the AFL-CIO's Solidarity Center.

It's been suggested that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's National Chamber Foundation isn't the free enterprise side's appropriate international analogy to the AFL-CIO's Solidarity Center.

Eagle-eyed readers will recall that I reported March 21 that the Solidarity Center received more than $28 milion in government grants in 2008, according to the group's most recently available IRS Form 990 tax return. That contrasted mightily, I said, with the total absence of any government funding going to the Chamber's non-profit.

Turns out I was doing an apples-and-oranges comparison. The right business-side analogy to the Solidarity Center is the Center for International Private Enterprise, which was organized by the Chamber as part of the National Endowment for Democracy intiative. The CIPE 990 for the same year shows $16.6 million in government grants.

That's still barely more than half as much as the government provided the Solidarity Center. The right comparison is between CIPE and the Solidarity Center, not the National Chamber Foundation. 

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