Friday, October 22, 2010

The Big Dog

Worried about outside spending? While Obama has been attacking the U.S. Chamber of Commerce or Karl Rove's American Crossroads PAC for spending money to help Republicans win in November? Consider that AFSCME, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, leads all the others:
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees is now the biggest outside spender of the 2010 elections, thanks to an 11th-hour effort to boost Democrats that has vaulted the public-sector union ahead of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the AFL-CIO and a flock of new Republican groups in campaign spending.

The 1.6 million-member AFSCME is spending a total of $87.5 million on the elections after tapping into a $16 million emergency account to help fortify the Democrats' hold on Congress. Last week, AFSCME dug deeper, taking out a $2 million loan to fund its push. The group is spending money on television advertisements, phone calls, campaign mailings and other political efforts, helped by a Supreme Court decision that loosened restrictions on campaign spending.

"We're the big dog," said Larry Scanlon, the head of AFSCME's political operations. "But we don't like to brag."
If the time comes when unions can out vote the private sector, it's over for the U.S.


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