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Category Archive: Political Money

  • Boisterous Teachers Union Silences Conservative Members

    Posted on Jul 08, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    The National Education Association (NEA) is not one to keep its anti-reform agenda quiet. That was made clear at the union’s annual labor conference this week, where Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton—who received an early endorsement from the NEA—was recruited to speak. When Clinton praised charter schools—saying that “when schools get it right, whether they are traditional public […]

  • Unions Squabble about New Super PAC

    Posted on May 18, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    Some of America’s major labor unions have decided to form a (surprise, surprise) pro-Democrat super PAC for the 2016 election. Led by the AFL-CIO, American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), American Federation of Teachers (AFT), and National Education Association (NEA), the so-called For Our Future PAC is projected to raise about $50 million to boost the […]

  • Employee Rights Act Attracts Record Co-Sponsorship

    Posted on May 10, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    The Employee Rights Act (ERA), labor legislation reintroduced by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), is gaining traction on Capitol Hill—and breaking its own records along the way. The ERA is now co-sponsored by 144 members of the 114th Congress, including 29 senators. That surpasses the previous high of 137 co-sponsors when the bill was reintroduced […]

  • Teachers Unions’ Political Money Making Members Miffed

    Posted on Apr 13, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    We’ve noted that in past elections, roughly 40 percent of union households have tended to vote Republican while 90 percent of union political go to Democrats or left-wing causes. Now, some union Democrats are learning why that system is fundamentally unfair: They and their union bosses don’t like the same candidate either. Union leaders like […]

  • Big Labor’s $420 Million Political Advocacy Budget

    Posted on Mar 07, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    Labor unions overwhelming support Democrats and closely aligned left-wing causes—it’s been a fact of life for decades. But the extent of it is downright startling: From 2012 to 2014, Big Labor sent nearly $420 million to hundreds of special interests, think tanks, party committees, pro-labor organizations, and political candidates closely aligned with the Democratic Party. Recipients included […]

  • Howard Dean’s Campaign Cash Confession

    Posted on Feb 17, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    One pressing issue in the Democratic presidential primary is campaign finance and its impact on policy, with Senator Bernie Sanders pressing his rival, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, on her record taking money from various business groups. This caused one Clinton surrogate, former Democratic National Committee chair and Vermont Governor Howard Dean, to speak […]

  • SEIU Busted for Washington Campaign Cash Errors

    Posted on Feb 08, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    Washington State campaign finance laws are very rigorous in their reporting requirements, and last week, Service Employees International Union Local 775NW (SEIU 775) found out the hard way. The state attorney general (a Democrat, incidentally) had sued SEIU 775 for improper reporting of transfers between the union and its political action committee (SEIU 775 PAC), and […]

  • Teamsters Employee Allegedly Embezzles with a Side of Hypocrisy

    Posted on Feb 02, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    An interesting item crossed the wires: Politico reports that the Teamsters Union’s court-appointed Independent Review Board (IRB) filed a subpoena for some Uber transportation account records. Court records show that the IRB believes that a Teamsters headquarters employee (who makes six figures in total compensation, according to DOL filings) was using the union’s credit card […]