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Unions Prepared to Spend Over $400M to Re-Elect President

I thought unions were having truble funding their members retirement. Just keep paying that money you union drones!!



Hay Obama is that a banana in your pocket?? NOPE!!







Unions say they are gearing up to spend more than $400 million to help re-elect President Barack Obama and lift Democrats this election year in a fight for “labor’s survival,” according to the Associated Press.



Having recently come under close scrutiny around the country — and fearing the consequences of a Republican in the White House — union leaders say they have little choice as they try to beat back GOP efforts to curb “collective bargaining rights” or limit their ability to collect dues.



“People are digging deeper,” said Larry Scanlon, political director of the country’s largest public workers union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). “If Republicans take over the presidency, Congress and enough state legislatures, unions will be out of business, pure and simple.”



By “digging deeper,” he means “collecting dues from workers who have no choice but to pay,” right?



This year, AFSCME is expected to spend at least $100 million or more on political action, including television advertising, phone banks and member canvassing. The effort is to help the president, Democrats running for the House and Senate, gubernatorial candidates, and key state lawmakers.



With increased spending planned by other labor groups, including the powerful Service Employees International Union and the AFL-CIO, unions are likely to top the $400 million they spent to help elect Obama four years ago.



Not all union expenditures on political action are publicly disclosed, so some numbers are based on self-reporting. That is to say, some union leaders are being kept to the “honor system.”



What could possibly go wrong?



Unions have long been known as one of the most reliable supporters of Democratic candidates and their efforts have increased with every election as the threats to organized labor grow. And by “threats,” we mean “having their unsustainable spending curbed.”



As mentioned earlier on The Blaze, unions already spent more than $40 million last year to repeal an Ohio law that reformed “collective bargaining rights.” They are spending millions more in a bid to recall Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who led the charge to curb the same “rights” as a way to balance the state’s budget.



But some unions leaders claim they are being spread thin as they deal with a new wave of measures they say are designed to weaken their clout. Indiana passed a right-to-work measure earlier this month, and Republicans in New Hampshire are pushing a similar bill. Legislatures in Arizona and Utah are weighing measures to limit bargaining rights for their public employees.



“Part of the Republican strategy is to try to bleed us,” said Mike Podhorzer, political director of the AFL-CIO. “There are certainly more union members now who understand the importance of political engagement and are willing to go door-to-door and make phone calls and do campaigns.”



Tim Phillips, president of the conservative anti-tax and anti-regulation group Americans for Prosperity, denied any grand strategy to weaken unions. His group, founded with the support of billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, spends millions on anti-Obama and anti-union ads across the country.



“It‘s not accurate to say there’s some master plan to drain resources,” Phillips said. “These are genuine public policy efforts.”



Phillips also said that, for the first time, unions have to confront organized grassroots opposition in a number of states.



“And Americans for Prosperity is absolutely a key component in that,” Phillips said. “The unions have always had the advantage and we are now matching them.”



AFSCME, the 1.6-million member union, started early this year, spending $1 million on television ads during Florida’s GOP presidential primary to weaken Mitt Romney, the candidate organized labor presumes will emerge as the Republican nominee.



The SEIU teamed up with Priorities USA Action, the major super PAC backing Obama, to buy ads in Florida and Nevada accusing Romney of flip-flopping on immigration policy. SEIU is the single largest contributor to Priorities USA after making a $500,000 contribution in December.



The 2.1 million-member union is expected to spend at least $85 million to help Obama win, similar to what it spent in 2008, spokeswoman Jennifer Farmer said.



The AFL-CIO is following a new strategy outlined last summer to contribute less money to specific candidates and spend more on building its infrastructure. The goal is to “lay a foundation for year-round mobilization that keeps going in the months following an election,” the AP reports. Competing for the union money are the various races, from president to state lawmaker.



“We have to use 2012 not just to win for its own sake, but to use as a springboard for 2014 when the governors in all these states are up,” Podhorzer said.



The new strategy emerged because some unions feel that Democrats in Congress are not doing enough to stand up for labor’s agenda.



The AFL-CIO also started its own labor super PAC, which allows it to raise unlimited amounts of money and mobilize support beyond its traditional base. The new super PAC has already pulled in $3.7 million.


Added: Feb-22-2012 Occurred On: Feb-22-2012
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  • unions will be out plain and simple with or without democrts

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  • Corruption in full view

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  • Shocking information....

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  • WE MUST STAND AGAINST THE REELECTION OF OBAMA. worst president ever. Union puppet.

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  • Of Course they are. The libs butter their bread...and supply it.

    Hence Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, etc are all dead American cities.

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  • One more reason to overturn the citizens united decision and completely revamp campaign finance reform. Money has become a poison that everyone has to drink.

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    • @picklethepug Thank you.Seems like you are the only other person here with a brain.I was in on my Unions decision back in the late '80's to hire a pac.It was a decision we didn't take lightly,but thought it necessary to take on the corporate interests that started the practice.

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  • We definitely need more unions....back in 1920.

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  • And Occupy Wall Street is concerned with corporations? I never heard of any corporation spending 400M to buy an election. OWS you're all a bunch of useful idiots and this video is proof!

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  • Unions are a joke, union workers are a fucking joke, fucking useless fat slobs making 5 times as much as they are worth.

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    • @iamtherapist Sounds like you made a shitty career decision.Maybe you should have joined a union.I loved mine,and love it even more being retired at 46.Have a nice day at work.As I sip my coffee.Think I'll do a little Striper fishing today.

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  • Not going to help either of them. obama is going to lose and unions will continue to lose. With the labor laws we have now,things like a union are not necessary anymore.

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    • @555chevy Sorry,not going to happen.Obama will win because your party is a joke and doesn't have a candidate that can beat him,except RP,and your people won't support him.So the joke's on you.

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    • @echo4250 obama will lose in a landslide just like Jimmy Carter did. Both had their chance and failed. It does not matter who the republicans put up,as they will be elected and anyone could do a better job then obama.

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    • @555chevy Who is it that you think has the appeal of Reagan?Were you even of voting age when Reagan was elected?Carter lost because of the Hostage situation in Iran.

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    • @echo4250 Of course I voted for Reagan. Carter lost because of high gasoline prices,high unemployment,and just being a general clueless bozo just like obama. Gas and unemployment will be the final nails in obama's coffin. You speak of the hostage situation,that was just another of Carters MANY MANY failures. You obama people better get ready for him losing in a landslide,like I said gas and no jobs are going to get him,and good riddance to bad rubbish.

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    • @555chevy Time will tell.Care to enlighten me how the high gas prices are obammys fault.

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  • Like gansters they want to flex their muscle.

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  • I think the people of America should be stdning infront of Obama, because if he wins we are getting fucked some more. Hell we are probablygetting fucked no matter who wins, but we know how much money Obama can spend.

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  • Let me see if I understand this UNION WORKERS. You have to get higher wages (cost of living), a good percentage of your pay goes to the union as DUES. That cost the people ie; consumers (GM MFG ETC....)and or taxpayers (teachers-COPS, Gov employees) and now a percentage of your dues are used for POLITICAL AGENDA. Your products suck that you make and your UNIONS are taking from your retirement. GOD BLESS AMERICA. You need a pay increase? WTF.

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  • Only 400 million, should be more, If Ron Paul is not elected , Obama has to be reelected no matter what the cost is.

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  • After reading the comments below, I have easily come to the conclusion that you people are the "useful idiots"and have no clue what you are talking about.Just spouting anti-union rhetoric because you are so lame,that's all you can do.All monies that unions spend on elections are from DONATIONS!That's the law,you morons.None of your candidates have a chance of beating Obama,as lame as he is.It's going to be fun listening to you bitch and whine for four more years!

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