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NEW REPORT: Teamsters Spent Over $9 Million on Left-Leaning Advocacy Between 2019-2022

Today, the Center for Union Facts (CUF) released a new report on how the International Brotherhood of Teamsters union used member dues to fund its largely one-sided political agenda.

The data comes on the heels of Teamsters President Sean O’Brien requesting speaking slots at both the Republican and Democratic national conventions this summer in an effort to portray a bipartisan union.

CUF examined the Teamsters’ LM-2 financial filings from 2019 – 2022 with the Office of Labor and Management Standards (OLMS) to offer a transparent look into the union’s financial priorities and how it spends members’ dues dollars. The full report is available here.

Highlights from the report include:

  • 99 percent of the union’s advocacy spending went to left-leaning organizations and initiatives. 
  • Teamsters spent over $9 million on left-leaning advocacy;
  • Teamsters sent over $2.5 million to the DNC and aligned organizations;
  • Teamsters sent over $4 million to Berlin Rosen, LTD and Catalist, LLC – PR firms that frequently work with unions and advocates on the left, including the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Fight For $15, and Planned Parenthood;
  • Almost $2 million was sent to the economic left, including the Economic Policies Institute, Jobs with Justice, and the National Employment Law Project.

The report is part of CUF’s ongoing education effort to ensure the public and union members have access to transparent information regarding union spending. 

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