March 22, 2011

You're Not in Wisconsin Anymore

A friend sent along the below list of major union political contributions for the 1990 - 2010 period to the Republican and Democratic parties. For the sake of discussion, I took the liberty of adding up the contributions. Over the 20 year period, the below unions gave about $28 million to Republican candidates and approximately $487 million to Democrats. Yes, that would be just shy of half a billion dollars.

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out who's in whose pocket. Not surprisingly, public sector unions dominate the list, donating hundreds of millions of dollars to Democratic candidates who are paid off through campaign contributions to do their bidding.

As much as they squawk about campaign finance reform, the Dems would be obliterated without the deep pockets of the unions. The same unions, by the way, that force their membership to donate a portion of their salaries through unions dues.

The unions bitched when the unconstitutional McCain Feingold was repealed, but in reality all the repealing did was level the playing field for contributions. People who choose to donate can now do so constitutionally protected, instead of being manipulated into contributing under some misguided pretense. The list:

Leading Union Political Campaign Contributors
1990-2010

Democrats
Republicans

American Fed. of State, County, & Municipal Employees
$40,281,900
$547,700

Intel Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
29,705,600
679,000

National Education Association
27,679,300
2,005,200

Service Employees International Union
26,368,470
98,700

Communication Workers of America
26,305,500
125,300

Service Employees International Union
26,252,000
1,086,200

Laborers Union
25,734,000
2,138,000

American Federation of Teachers
25,682,800
200,000

United Auto Workers
25,082,200
182,700

Teamsters Union
24,926,400
1,822,000

Carpenters and Joiners Union
24,094,100
2,658,000

Machinists & Aerospace Workers Union
23,875,600
226,300

United Food and Commercial Workers Union
23,182,000
334,200

AFL-CIO
17,124,300
713,500

Sheet Metal Workers Union
16,347,200
342,800

Plumbers & Pipefitters Union
14,790,000
818,500

Operating Engineers Union
13,840,000
2,309,500

Airline Pilots Association
12,806,600
2,398,300

International Association of Firefighters
12,421,700
2,685,400

United Transportation Workers
11,807,000
1,459,300

Ironworkers Union
11,638,900
936,000

American Postal Workers Union
11,633,100
544,300

Nat'l Active & Retired Fed. Employees Association
8,135,400
2,294,600

Seafarers International Union
6,726,800
1,281,300

Source: Center for Responsive Politics, Washington, D.C.

3 comments:

sundayniagara said...

You need a reality check! The unions built Niagara Falls/WNY, the state of NY tore it down.
Mark Breznay
Miami

Rocketboy said...

Really Mark? More like the Niagara Falls/WNY barley survives because of the unions, and the politicians that the union buys.

You can't look at the amount of cash unions throw around, and pretend that the politicians are completely separate.

sundayniagara said...

We aren't on the same channel here. Reread my comment, then think first.
Mark