Tom Donohue, the head of the powerful U.S. Chamber of Commerce, on Monday met with White House officials on the looming “fiscal cliff.”

The Chamber bet heavily on Republicans in the congressional elections and has often been at odds with the Obama administration. The group will play a major role especially in marshaling GOP support for a deficit deal, however, and is demanding an easing of energy regulations.

After the election, President Obama met with members of the business community but did not immediately reach out to business’ biggest lobbyist.

Donohue met with Obama’s chief of staff and former Budget Director Jack Lew and other officials.