Report sheds light on $700M unions pumped into politics to advance Democrat causes nationwide

The nation's largest labor union spent a staggering $708 million on political activities to advance the Democratic cause during the last election cycle, an effort that will likely continue through the 2024 election. I worked on it.

According to a new report from the Commonwealth Foundation, there are four major government unions in the country: the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the National Education Association (NEA), the American Federation of State, County and City Employees (AFSCME), and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). It turned out that it was. ) — combined to funnel huge sums of money into lobbying and donations to political groups and candidates in federal, state, and local elections during the 2022 midterm elections.

“Our research reveals that government unions wield significant political influence, both in Washington, D.C. and in states across the country,” said David Osborn, senior labor policy fellow at the Commonwealth Foundation. “I'm doing it,” he told FOX News Digital.

“Government unions use this power not only to promote left-wing causes, but also to elect political leaders who protect their interests and influence. Increasingly, federal, state, and local governments are led by politicians who value union leaders more than union members and taxpayers. ”

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Vice President Kamala Harris (right) shakes with National Education Association President Becky Pringle at the National Education Association 2022 Annual Meeting and Delegate Meeting in Chicago, July 5, 2022. (Tannen Morley/EPA/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Commonwealth Foundation provided to Fox News Digital Copy highlighted report How the AFT, NEA, AFSCME, and SEIU worked together to spread astronomical amounts of cash across multiple sectors to advance liberal causes.

The report found that unions spent more on what the Commonwealth Foundation deemed political activity than on categories more closely related to supporting members.

“Most of the union's revenue comes from its members in the form of dues. Given this fact, it may make sense for unions to allocate most of their financial resources to supporting members,” the report said. The book says:

“But this is not the case. The big four government unions spent more than $2.79 billion in 2021 and 2022, but the category of spending most closely related to supporting members, representative activities, It accounted for just $554 million, or less than 20% of total spending. ”

Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer gives a speech

The Senate Majority PAC, which is aligned with Mr. Schumer, received tens of millions of dollars from labor unions during the 2022 campaign. (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

Some of the big political spending was at the federal level, including $38 million to the Senate Majority PAC aligned with Sen. Chuck Schumer, $30 million to the NEA Advocacy Fund, and $28 million to the SEIU. It included a total of $157 million between union PACs. Political Education and Action Fund/United We Can.

Labor union PACs also sent $8.34 million directly to candidates, with the overwhelming majority ($8.29 million) benefiting Democrats. Sen. Raphael Warnock of Georgia was the top recipient, with his campaign receiving more than $60,000 from the PAC.

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Additionally, the Commonwealth Foundation found that approximately $145 million went to the state and local level during the 2022 election cycle.

“Of this amount, $118.1 million went directly to candidates for public office and partisan PAC candidates, and $26.9 million went to nonpartisan candidates, payroll costs, member mail carriers, and other miscellaneous expenses.” says the report. “Not surprisingly, the overwhelming majority of partisan contributions went to Democratic candidates.”

The unions pushed most of the state's cash into Illinois, California, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Washington.

Senator Raphael Warnock

Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock is also a union favorite, according to the report. (Paras Griffin/Getty Images)

Overall, more than 99% of federal union PAC funding benefited Democrats, and 95% of state PAC contributions benefited Democrats, according to the report.

The Commonwealth Foundation wrote that the “preferential treatment” unions are receiving from the Biden administration could be explained by “extensive spending in federal politics.”

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, Biden's Centers for Disease Control adopted proposed language from AFT directly into the organization's school reopening guidelines. The Biden administration also announced $500 million for union-backed community schools. We have proposed funding in the near future,” the group said. I wrote this in the report.


NEA, AFT, AFSCME and SEIU did not respond to Fox News Digital's requests for comment.



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