Those ties fractured beneath President Donald J. Trump, with whom Mr. Donohue brazenly sparred. As extra extremist leanings took maintain within the Republican Party, the chamber provided its assist — and monetary may — to average Democrats. In 2019, it modified its scorecard for politicians to encourage bipartisanship, and final year it endorsed 23 House Democrats for re-election — a transfer that perturbed some in its ranks. The group put about $550,000 towards Republicans within the 2020 election and a little bit over $200,000 towards Democrats.
Ms. Clark’s background could assist the chamber’s shift to the center. After an preliminary stint there, she spent seven years within the personal sector, together with on the Potomac Research Group and the National Journal Group. She sits on the board of Agco, which makes farm tools, and TransUnion, a client credit score reporting company, in addition to a number of nonprofits.
Since returning to the chamber in 2014 and being promoted to president in 2019, Ms. Clark has elevated her obligations and visibility each internally and externally. She helped begin the Equality of Opportunity initiative, aimed toward closing racial wealth gaps, and sought to strengthen ties with know-how firms and small companies. During the pandemic she has argued for liability protections for employers and warned of the risk of a “K-shaped” economic recovery. She has additionally led a sequence of conversations with specialists together with Dr. Anthony Fauci and Bill and Melinda Gates.
Mr. Donohue will stick with the chamber as an adviser.