Labor Pains: Because Being in a Union can be Painful

Union Dues: $600; Union Going into Debt to Support a Candidate you Oppose: Priceless.

Around 38 percent of union members voted Republican in the last presidential election and certainly many will do so again this year. But the Washington Times reports that the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) just went into debt to support Hillary Clinton:

The independent political arm of the nation’s largest government workers union has taken out a $1 million loan to replenish its coffers after spending millions of dollars backing Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and criticizing her rival, Sen. Barack Obama, according to campaign records.

Filings with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) show that the union’s political group, AFSCME People, took out a $1 million loan on Feb. 25 from Amalgamated Bank in New York while spending more than $2 million to sway the Democratic contest. The expenditures included more than $200,000 in negative mailers against Mr. Obama in New Hampshire, Iowa and Ohio.

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