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February 18, 2011
The Madison insurrection: follow the money
The primary reason the White House and the Democrats are fighting the movement to end collective bargaining is that dues will no longer be mandatory for teachers in the unions once they can no longer bargain. Therefore there will no massive slush fund for the Democrats. In 2010 the following for the two major teachers unions in the U.S. were massive moneybags for the left.
The National Education Association
Gross receipts: $337 Million (88% Dues)
Political Contributions and Lobbying $50.4 Million (99% to Democrats)
Contributions, gifts and grants $89.0 Million (100% Liberal Organization)
American Federation of Teachers
Gross receipts $225 Million (90% Dues)
Political Contributions and Lobbying $18.8 Million (99% to Democrats)
Contributions, gifts and grants $3.6 Million (100% Liberal Organizations)
Total political contributions and Lobbying: $ 69.2 Million
Contribution to Liberal causes $92.6 Million
What is not tabulated is the value of the organizing, get out the vote and polling activity of the so-called voluntary union members which in terms of value may well exceed another $150 million.
This is just the Teachers Unions, AFSCME, the largest public sector union, in the 2010 election cycle spent $88 million on political contributions and untold millions in the value of it's members political activities.
The Democrats cannot afford to lose this base and this will be an all out war.