9/19/08

AFSCME uses charitable front groups for Barack

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Barack taps organized labor's seemingly bottomless pit of political cash

The nation's largest public employee union has funneled more than $5 million to a series of non-profits running ads attacking Republican congressional candidates, federal election records show.

Since July, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) has donated almost $5.5 million to three groups: Campaign Money Watch, Patriot Majority and Patriot Majority Midwest. Those groups have spent more than $2 million on TV ads attacking GOP Sens. Ted Stevens of Alaska and John Sununu of New Hampshire and five GOP lawmakers and House candidates in Florida, Michigan and Ohio. The ads don't mention AFSCME by name.

If the AFSCME targets lose on Nov. 4, the results could help expand the Democrats' majorities in Congress. Since January 2007, AFSCME has given more than $1.6 million to Democratic candidates.

Dozens of independent groups have paid for advertisements targeting various politicians in the past two months. AFSCME, however, stands out for the size of its contributions and the lack of clear identification of its role in paying for the advertising.

The union discloses its connection to the ads in its filings to the Federal Election Commission, says Paul Booth, executive assistant to the AFSCME president. He said the union helps finance the non-profit organizations but does not manage them.

(usatoday.com)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

As well it should be. Until ALL special interests are excluded from the political process (and I mean financially) then we have to get in there and step over the bodies to be heard just like the rest.

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