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Posted at 04:31 PM ET, 02/16/2012

Following U.S. Chamber ads, Va. Chamber clarifies: The group is neutral in likely George Allen- Tim Kaine race

There’s been a lot of attention about the TV ads that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is airing for Republican George Allen and against Democrat Timothy M. Kaine
Former governors. Tim Kaine, left, and George Allen, right. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
in Virginia’s U.S. Senate race.

So the folks at the Virginia Chamber of Commerce just want you to know: They are neutral.

In a news release issued Thursday, the group, which bills itself as the largest business advocacy organization in the state, says its mission is to be “a non-partisan, business advocacy organization that works in the legislative, regulatory and political arenas to act as the catalyst for positive change.”

The release comes just after Virginia Politifact deemed the claim in the U.S. Chamber ad against Kaine false.

The Virginia chamber hosted former governors, Allen and Kaine, at an event in December in Tysons Corner. It plans to host candidate forums for congressional and senate races this fall. Allen and Kaine are respectively the leading candidates in the Republican and Democratic Senate primaries.

“We encourage members of the Virginia business community to view each former governor’s remarks and attend the chamber’s candidate forums this fall to inform themselves on issues facing Virginia businesses,” said Barry DuVal, President and CEO of the Virginia Chamber.

“As we all work together to maintain the commonwealth’s status as the best state in which to live, work and do business, it is more important than ever to remain focused on creating more jobs and opportunities for all Virginians.”

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