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Guess Who's Funding the Republican Civil War? Labor unions-doing it through a pro-business PAC
National Journal ^ | December 9, 2013 | Scott Bland

Posted on 12/30/2013 7:06:02 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

The Republican Main Street Partnership has emerged as an outspoken, deep-pocketed player in pro-business GOP plans to beat back tea-party challengers next year. But the group's new super PAC has an unexpected source for its seed money: labor unions.

The super PAC, called Defending Main Street, has not yet submitted a major donor disclosure to the Federal Election Commission. But documents filed by other groups show that two labor organizations, the International Union of Operating Engineers and the Laborers' International Union of North America, directed a combined $400,000 to the Republican group in September and October.

Main Street says it has raised roughly $2 million total between its super PAC and an affiliated nonprofit group so far—and that means labor has supplied at least 20 percent of those funds.

For the unions, this is not a surprising move. While both labor groups direct most of their millions to Democrats, they have consistently given smaller amounts to friendly Republicans.

But the scale of these six-figure donations—$250,000 from the Operating Engineers and $150,000 from LIUNA—makes this effort distinct. Plus, the money is coming as the Main Street group has been publicly declaring its intent to crush tea-party challengers in Republican primaries, going head to head with conservative bankrollers such as the anti-tax Club for Growth.

"Hopefully, we'll go into eight to 10 races and beat the snot out of them," Main Street President Steven LaTourette told National Journal in October.

That puts these labor groups on the front line of the GOP's intra-party ideological conflict, a battle where the affiliation to unions won't be considered advantageous, to say the least.

Take Idaho, for example, where LaTourette and Main Street have vowed to help Republican Rep. Mike Simpson win his primary against club-backed challenger Bryan Smith.

The Club for Growth has already criticized Simpson for earning union endorsements in past elections, and it has turned other groups' support back around on Simpson, too. When the U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a TV ad backing Simpson on Thursday, Club for Growth president Chris Chocola said in a statement, "I guess pro-bailout, pro-Obama stimulus spending, pro-debt birds of a feather flock together."

LaTourette has pledged that Main Street will seek to match the Club's spending in that contest.

"We don't care about where Main Street gets its funding from," said Club for Growth spokesman Barney Keller. "But it's not surprising that Mike Simpson, who is anti-school choice and was backed by the Idaho teachers' union six elections in a row, would get backing from groups that are supported by labor unions."

Certainly, labor is not alone in funding Main Street. The group's money is "coming from business folks, from private donors," said spokesman Chris Barron. "It has a wide range of folks who are interested in supporting the governing wing of the Republican Party."

Barron rejected critiques of Main Street's funding and positioning. "If the money came from Mother Teresa, the Club for Growth would attack where it came from," Barron said.

Both the Operating Engineers and the Laborers' Union have given millions of dollars to Democratic candidates and millions more to the party's quasi-official House and Senate super PACs over the last few years. Only one other PAC gave more to Democratic candidates than the Operating Engineers' in 2012, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

But both unions have also consistently invested in the campaigns of friendly Republicans, including LaTourette's (when he was in Congress). Earlier this year, LIUNA endorsed New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie for reelection, and its PAC gave $300,000 to the Republican Governors Association, which ran pro-Christie advertising in the Garden State.

The Operating Engineers' PAC has given 23 percent of its donations to federal candidates to Republicans this year, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, and it supported a super PAC called "Lunch Pail Republicans" last year. At the AFL-CIO's national convention in September, the Operating Engineers and another group offered a successful resolution urging "that the AFL-CIO take practical steps ... to cultivate and nurture relationships with members of all parties" and "encourage moderate candidates" in Republican-leaning congressional districts as part of a "pragmatic, bipartisan approach" to its political giving and advocacy.

"Especially with this crazy political atmosphere, this is a place where we need to be lending support to middle-of-the-road Democrats and Republicans both, and this is part of that effort," Jeffrey Soth, the Operating Engineers' political director, said.

Defending Main Street will file its next financial disclosure with the FEC in January.


TOPICS: Campaign News; Issues; Parties; State and Local
KEYWORDS: 2014midterms; defendingmainst; fundingtheleft; gop; mainstpartnership; randsconcerntrolls; republicans; rinos; stevelatourette; teaparty; unions

1 posted on 12/30/2013 7:06:02 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Not surprised.


2 posted on 12/30/2013 7:08:41 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Infiltrators.


3 posted on 12/30/2013 7:10:11 PM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Pro business PAC my butt.

Pro cronyism, pro corporate welfare


4 posted on 12/30/2013 7:10:24 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Tea Party sold out by Republican RINO traitors.


5 posted on 12/30/2013 7:13:03 PM PST by Venturer (Half Staff the Flag of the US for Terrorists.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Beatcha to it, 2nd! (and that ain’t easy!)

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/3106765/posts


6 posted on 12/30/2013 7:15:25 PM PST by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Member list here!

http://www.republicanmainstreet.org/members/

RMSP Members

SENATOR SUSAN COLLINS

SENATOR MARK KIRK

SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN

CONGRESSWOMAN SUSAN BROOKS

CONGRESSMAN LARRY BUCSHON

CONGRESSMAN KEN CALVERT

CONGRESSMAN DAVE CAMP

CONGRESSWOMAN SHELLEY MOORE CAPITO

CONGRESSMAN CHRIS COLLINS

CONGRESSMAN PAUL COOK

CONGRESSMAN RODNEY DAVIS

CONGRESSMAN JEFF DENHAM

CONGRESSMAN CHARLIE DENT

CONGRESSMAN MARIO DIAZ-BALART

CONGRESSMAN SEAN DUFFY

CONGRESSMAN MIKE FITZPATRICK

CONGRESSMAN JEFF FORTENBERRY

CONGRESSMAN RODNEY FRELINGHUYSEN

CONGRESSMAN JIM GERLACH

CONGRESSMAN CHRIS GIBSON

CONGRESSMAN MICHAEL GRIMM

CONGRESSMAN RICHARD HANNA

CONGRESSWOMAN JAIME HERRERA BEUTLER

CONGRESSWOMAN LYNN JENKINS

CONGRESSMAN BILL JOHNSON

CONGRESSMAN DAVID JOYCE

CONGRESSMAN MIKE KELLY

CONGRESSMAN PETER KING

CONGRESSMAN ADAM KINZINGER

CONGRESSMAN LEONARD LANCE

CONGRESSMAN TOM LATHAM

CONGRESSMAN FRANK LOBIONDO

CONGRESSMAN DAVID MCKINLEY

CONGRESSWOMAN CATHY MCMORRIS RODGERS

CONGRESSMAN PAT MEEHAN

CONGRESSMAN TIMOTHY MURPHY

CONGRESSMAN ERIK PAULSEN

CONGRESSMAN THOMAS PETRI

CONGRESSMAN TOM W. REED

CONGRESSMAN DAVID REICHERT

CONGRESSMAN JIM RENACCI

CONGRESSMAN SCOTT RIGELL

CONGRESSMAN JON RUNYAN

CONGRESSMAN AARON SCHOCK

CONGRESSMAN MIKE SIMPSON

CONGRESSMAN STEVE STIVERS

CONGRESSMAN LEE TERRY

CONGRESSMAN PAT TIBERI

CONGRESSMAN MICHAEL TURNER

CONGRESSMAN FRED UPTON

CONGRESSMAN DAVID VALADAO

CONGRESSMAN GREG WALDEN

CONGRESSMAN ED WHITFIELD

CONGRESSMAN FRANK WOLF

CONGRESSMAN TODD YOUNG


7 posted on 12/30/2013 7:18:26 PM PST by jimbo123
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Only the gullible believes what a politician says.

The rest of us believe only in what a politician does.

RINOs cave in to Socialist-Democrats, and all politicians in “both” parties spend more than we pay them.

Yup, the TAXED ENOUGH ALREADY Party is here to stay.

Deal with it.


8 posted on 12/30/2013 7:20:18 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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>> Defending Main Street

Union shops on Main St... that’s a joke. Unions despise what Main St stands for.

2014 — the year to vote out the RINOs!


9 posted on 12/30/2013 7:22:48 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: jimbo123

I note that Indiana’s newest “rock solid conservative, Susan Brooks, is member. Doesn’t surprise me. In her first year she’s voted with the RINOS, and against the conservatives, on every major vote.


10 posted on 12/30/2013 7:37:17 PM PST by circlecity
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No surprise here. Liberals are liberals.


11 posted on 12/30/2013 7:41:32 PM PST by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Around here, the acronym for the operating engineers is MAFIA.


12 posted on 12/30/2013 7:42:45 PM PST by namvolunteer (Obama says the US is subservient to the UN and the Constitution does not apply. That is treason.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

the left knows how to spend their bucks….almost looks the same as a Karl Rove effort….interesting huh?


13 posted on 12/30/2013 7:47:22 PM PST by Nifster
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No surprise that it’s a couple of scumbag, “international” unions. They are loaded down with American-hating foreigners and illegal aliens. Check out the SEIU membership. All scumbags from the get go.


14 posted on 12/30/2013 7:51:52 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (The Truth Is Out There. Just don't let anyone know that you're looking for it.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

My first reaction as I encountered this post was - this is part of a disinformation campaign in which Democrats hope to split Republican support.

My last reaction was - this is part of a disinformation campaign in which Democrats hope to split Republican support.


15 posted on 12/30/2013 7:55:12 PM PST by Rembrandt (Part of the 51% who pay Federal taxes)
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To: Rembrandt

What made you change your mind? [snort]


16 posted on 12/30/2013 7:56:01 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (A courageous man finds a way, an ordinary man finds an excuse.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“What made you change your mind? [snort]”

8^)


17 posted on 12/30/2013 8:05:40 PM PST by Rembrandt (Part of the 51% who pay Federal taxes)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If it sports a union label, I don’t buy it.


18 posted on 12/30/2013 8:16:48 PM PST by Standing Wolf (No tyrant should ever be allowed to die of natural causes.)
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the lesson to be learned is that Conservatives need to back candidates in selected DEM primaries. Not y’all. But them all. The rich conservatives. The ones who don’t have enough money as it is to compete even in the GOP and in the general election. BUT some day.


19 posted on 12/30/2013 8:21:41 PM PST by campaignPete R-CT (NO CYNICISM SOLICITORS ALLOWED)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Caution Gentlemen:

The National Journal is a Sarcasm Site.

It is BOGUS News. Nothing they say can be taken seriously.


20 posted on 12/30/2013 8:28:56 PM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: Texas Fossil

You mean like the Onion or Scrappleface? No it isn’t.

National Journal is an American weekly magazine that reports on the current political environment and emerging political and policy trends. National Journal was first published in 1969. Times Mirror owned the magazine from 1986 to 1997, when it was purchased by David G. Bradley. It is now, along with The Hotline, part of National Journal Group, a division of Atlantic Media Company.

The magazine was established in 1969 by Thomas N. Schroth, who formed the publication after being fired from his post as editor of Congressional Quarterly, with many CQ staff defecting to the new publication.[1]

National Journal is aimed at Washington insiders.[2] It is mostly read by members of Congress, Capitol Hill staffers, the White House, Executive Branch agencies, the media, think tanks, corporations, associations, and lobbyists.[citation needed]

The magazine has received three National Magazine Awards.[3]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Journal


21 posted on 12/30/2013 8:34:16 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (A courageous man finds a way, an ordinary man finds an excuse.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I simply don’t understand why the republicans want to be democrats. Why don’t they just switch parties and get it over with? If they’d do that they could never be defeated.


22 posted on 12/30/2013 9:16:53 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

GOP-E loves the triumvirate of big business-big labor-big media.


23 posted on 12/30/2013 9:48:28 PM PST by oblomov
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To: oblomov

GOP-E loves the triumvirate of big business-big labor-big media.


And they hate the confederacy of MX-border States of the Union to keep us American. They want to privatize the profits, while socializing the costs - we taxpayers.

TAXED ENOUGH ALREADY!


24 posted on 12/30/2013 9:55:49 PM PST by txhurl
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To: txhurl

If you like all the taxes and your politician, you can keep them.


25 posted on 12/30/2013 9:58:29 PM PST by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God Bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

bkmk


26 posted on 12/31/2013 12:16:02 AM PST by AllAmericanGirl44 (Wishing all a very Merry Christmas)
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bfl


27 posted on 12/31/2013 1:47:02 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Venturer; All

This is nothing new. Some of us who were in the Conservative trenches in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s remember the split between the Liberal wing of the GOP (Gerald Ford, Nelson Rockefeller) and the Conservative wing of the GOP (Ronald Reagan). It was a battle-royal. But, WE WON!!! And we can do it again.


28 posted on 12/31/2013 2:07:24 AM PST by Din Maker
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To: jimbo123

Why were Senators Lindsey Graham and John Cornyn omitted from that list?


29 posted on 12/31/2013 2:08:47 AM PST by Din Maker
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To: Din Maker

They’re not members of that particular RINO organization.


30 posted on 12/31/2013 5:42:09 AM PST by jimbo123
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