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Category Archive: Political Money

  • 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 […]

  • Big Labor Spends Big Money—On Big Pleasure?

    Posted on Jan 26, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    Why spend money on collective bargaining when you can buy movie tickets and luxury handbags? For Big Labor, it’s a valid question. Union bosses spent millions of dollars in member dues on activities completely unrelated to collective bargaining in 2015. The National Review reports: On 2015 filings, six private-sector unions together reported that they had spent nearly $347,000 at […]

  • SEIU Boss (Finally) Acknowledges Silenced Conservative Members

    Posted on Jan 12, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    As we noted last week, Big Labor is already preparing for a possible big blow in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a Supreme Court case that could allow millions of public-sector employees to opt out of mandatory union dues. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is no exception. Appearing on David Axelrod’s radio show last week, Mary Kay Henry, president […]

  • Union-Backed Nonprofit Breaks Colorado Law

    Posted on Jan 05, 2016 by LaborPains.org Team

    Teachers unions are ringing in the New Year with a lot of politics—and a little lawbreaking on the side. They’re doing it by funding a Colorado-based nonprofit group called Jeffco United, which claims to support education reform on behalf of school-age children. Jeffco United has received more than $265,000 in total from national and local teachers unions since its inception in […]