Several top unions launched a political action fund Thursday aimed exclusively at attacking Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
The AFL-CIO is leading the attack in coordination with several other powerful labor unions. Donors can join the For Our Future PAC by contributing at least one million dollars, Politico first reported Wednesday. Organizers hope to raise $50 million through unions and liberal donors outside the labor movement. Labor unions have traditionally not sought outside donations for past PACs.
“We are building organizational capacity for the long haul,” For Our Future Campaign Director Amanda Brown said in a statement provided to The Daily Caller News Foundation. “Our model is to respect, empower and include communities of color and all organizations who want to work with us on a shared agenda and shared electoral goals.”
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the National Education Association (NEA) have also joined the Super PAC. The Service Employees International Union was going to join but ended up deciding against it.
Union leaders have yet to decide on when the Super PAC will launch but will not start spending money until a Democratic candidate is decided. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has been a favorite among labor unions — including many who have joined the Super PAC.
The AFL-CIO has already been utilizing its substantial political influence and resources to oppose Trump. It declared him loser of the week Feb. 22 over a labor dispute his Las Vegas hotel is having, and again Feb. 29 for saying he likes right-to-work. The union has also mobilized members and supporters on the grassroots level to speak out against Trump.
Labor unions have accused Trump of racism, being anti-worker and for trying to divide immigrant families. Stopping illegal immigration has been a defining attribute of the Trump campaign. He has called for tougher immigration policies and even proposed a temporary ban on Muslims after a surge in Islamic terrorist attacks. His policy stance has been denounced by both parties.
The AFL-CIO is not the only union to denounce Trump during the current election. International Association of Machinists President Tom Buffenbarger stated Dec. 10 the business mogul’s campaign is based on fear mongering and racism. The SEIU has condemned him on numerous occasions, even calling his rhetoric extremist.
The AFL-CIO, AFSCME, AFT and the Trump campaign did not respond to request for comment by TheDCNF. The NEA declined to comment.
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