Big Shockeroo: AFL-CIO Spends More on Politics Than on Workers!

By February 19, 2006Labor Unions

Great post over on RedState by Mark Kilmer, highlighting at item at the end of Bob Novak’s column yesterday. It notes that the new reporting requirements imposed on unions by the Labor Department to force greater disclosure reveal that the AFL-CIO spent $49 million on political and lobbying activities, as compared to $30 million to represent its members.

We’ve always said that they long ago ceased being a labor movement and became a political movement, to the detriment of their members. This is but one more bit of evidence — as if you needed it — that this is now fact.

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  • Slav says:

    The AFL-CIO is a membership organization that is supposed to exist only for the benefit of its members.

  • Matt Dartmouth says:

    This is typical. Unions are dependent on labor laws to maintain their effectiveness in the workplace, and they support government regulations that protect their workers, just like your members lobby the government for legislation that’s relevant to them. I suppose unions should just sit by idly while owners and executives of NAM companies donate money to corporate welfare Republicans. By the way, last I checked, 60-65% of union members backing a political agenda was still a majority. (That figure, by the way, is questionable. It probably applies only to union households, not to members themselves. Union members continue to give their unions very high ratings in non-partisan surveys.)

  • Your right Pat when you say, “The AFL-CIO is a membership organization that is supposed to exist only for the benefit of its members.”

    What’s even worse is that according to a study approximately 35-40% of those they supposedly represent don’t agree with the politics that they are espousing. They’ve not only lost their purpose, but actually work against a huge block of those they allegedly represent.

  • Pat Cleary says:

    Molly:

    We represent for-profit businesses who are very active on behalf of their companies and their workers. The AFL-CIO is a membership organization that is supposed to exist only for the benefit of its members. It has wandered far from that path.

    Thanks for writing,

    Pat Cleary

  • Moly Rhodes says:

    Yeah, but how much money did the corporations that are either resisting unionization or the members work for spend on elections & lobbying?

    $49 million nationally I suspect is peanuts in comparison.