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Unions fuel Democratic Party financially

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Matthew Boyle
Investigative Reporter

MADISON, Wisc. — As the Tea Party movement and union bosses prepare to clash in Wisconsin, it is worthwhile to keep in mind that many millions of dollars of union members’ dues have been spent to fuel the Democratic Party in past elections. Here’s a breakdown of what some of the top unions donated to the Democratic Party  in the 2008 and 2010 election cycles:

  • The AFL-CIO, whose president Richard Trumka is orchestrating much of the protests in Madison this week, donated $1.2 million to Democrats in 2008 and $900,000 in 2010.
  • The American Federation of State, County and Municipal employees donated $2.6 million to the Democrats in 2008 and another $2.6 million in 2010.
  • The National Education Association donated $2.3 million to Democrats in 2008 and $2.2 million in 2010.
  • The Teamsters union donated $2.4 million to Democrats in 2008 and $2.3 million in 2010.
  • The SEIU donated $2.6 million to Democrats in 2008 and $1.7 million in 2010.
  • The Carpenters and Joiners union donated $2 million to Democrats in 2008 and $2.1 million 2010.
  • The Laborers union donated $2.6 million to Democrats in 2008 and $2.2 million in 2010.
  • The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers donated $3.8 million to Democrats in 2008 and $3.2 million in 2010.
  • The American Federation of Teachers donated $2.8 million to Democrats in 2008 and $2.7 million in 2010.
  • The Machinists and Aerospace union donated $2.5 million to Democrats in 2008 and $2.1 million in 2010.
  • The Communication Workers of America, which includes employees from several television and radio stations and other publishing platforms, donated $2.2 million to Democrats in 2008 and $2.1 million in 2010.
  • The United Autoworkers union (UAW) donated $2.1 million to Democrats in 2008 and $1.5 million in 2010.
  • The United Food and Commercial Workers union (UFCW) donated $2.1 million to Democrats in 2008 and $1.9 million in 2010.

Most unions gave a negligible amount, if anything at all, to the Republican Party over the past two election cycles.

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  • maggiethecowdog

    Like un toro seeing a red flag, are we supposed to charge and rant over “those evil unions!”? Does not the Citizen United ruling show the sluice gates to influence buying are now fully open?

    Rather than say “your side is evil, my side is pure,” the real problem that you be making everybody mad left and right is that the American political process is completely corrupt that outside influence via campaign donations. It is a bidding war in Congress, and we the people are no longer the the Representatives’ or Senators’ constituents. They bow to the purse, because they have no choice that is the way the system is now set up.

    It is a farce, in those of us who give a damn, Republican or Democrat, conservative or liberal, have to unite and put an end that! Legislation should not go to the highest bidder that is exactly what is taking place today.

  • virginiagentleman

    The democrats and unions need each other to survive. They are so bound at the hip that one cannot survive if the other fails.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dave-Wadsworth/100000314868715 Dave Wadsworth

    If all these governors stick to their guns, we can bust the union thugs. This amount of spending at the expense of those of us that are retired on fixed incomes is simply not sustainable.

  • loudog

    Is this breaking news?

    Who funds Republicans and the Tea Party?

    “With the emergence of the Tea Party, he said, “everyone suddenly sees that for the first time there are people who can provide real ideological power.” The Kochs, he said, are “trying to shape and control and channel the populist uprising into their own policies.”

    “A Republican campaign consultant who has done research on behalf of Charles and David Koch said of the Tea Party, “The Koch brothers gave the money that founded it. It’s like they put the seeds in the ground. Then the rainstorm comes, and the frogs come out of the mud—and they’re our candidates!”

    http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/08/30/100830fa_fact_mayer?currentPage=all

    Of course, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst’s Political Economy Research Institute named Koch Industries one of the top ten air polluters in the United States. Pesky regulations get in the way of profits.

    • The_anniebanannie

      You’re such a hypocrite. You complained yesterday that somebody used Malkin’s website as a resource,(even though that website contained numerous proven facts) then today, you use a left-wing opinion piece as your souce. Every day we have to listen to the left’s mantra about “right wing supports the evil corporations” but as soon as there is ONE article about the unions supporting the dems, you get all butt-hurt.

      This article is about the unions financing the dems walkout in Wisconsin. What does an article from August of 2010 have to do with that?

      • loudog

        I was told as long as the source was factual it doesn’t matter where it comes from.

        It’s always fun when you, daily, try to tell people what to post.

        • The_anniebanannie

          So, you don’t know the difference between opinion and facts? Oh, I see. What FACTS are proven in that opinion piece. It’s merely a bunch of stories spun to support the author’s OPINION. Malkin has several websites that showed their resources, graphs, statistics, government numbers and union-provided statistics.

          “It’s always fun when you, daily, try to tell people what to post.”

          Which is just your way of complaining that I call you on your absurdity. You can’t prove your points, so you complain, complain, complain. Well, you can just keep complaining, because I’m not going to quit.

          • loudog

            ok comment monitor, keep monitoring