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Unions to spend $100M in 2010 campaign to save Dem majorities
The Hill ^ | 5/21/2010 | Kevin Bogardus and Sean J. Miller

Posted on 05/21/2010 7:53:29 AM PDT by markomalley

At least two influential unions will spend close to $100 million on the 2010 election, with most of those funds going to protect incumbents.

Union officials told The Hill they plan to help endangered members — particularly freshmen — who made politically difficult votes in a year during which an anti-incumbent mood has filled the country.

And the number will be even higher since the AFL-CIO declined to give its figures.

While the labor movement has displayed an aggressive tack in Democratic primaries, including supporting some challengers over incumbents, it remains concerned about the party retaining its congressional majorities.

As a result, it plans an enormous spending spree to help ensure Democratic control of Congress.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) plans to spend in excess of $50 million during the 2010 campaign, part of which will fund “a massive incumbent protection program,” according to Gerry McEntee, president of the union.

AFSCME spent roughly $67 million on its political activities in 2008. But the $50 million slated for the 2010 elections is the largest expenditure the union will make in a midterm election, according to union officials. The money will go to help defend the union’s top tier of eight Senate seats and 34 House members.

“We have got to protect the incumbency in the House. We have got to protect the incumbency in the Senate,” McEntee said. “It is going to be hard. Those tea-baggers are out there. There is an anti-incumbency mood out there.”

After the top tier, there will be a second tier of House candidates AFSCME will be monitoring and will step in to help defend if they become endangered by GOP challengers.


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Of course, when unions spend the money, there is no problem. It is just those pesky corporate donations and *gasp* grassroots participation that must be stopped under any circumstance.
1 posted on 05/21/2010 7:53:29 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Where will they get the $100 Million? From the Democrats in Washington? From Obama?


2 posted on 05/21/2010 7:55:05 AM PDT by RC2
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To: markomalley

The Union Pensions are UNSUSTAINABLE yet they are spending MILLIONS on Democrats! FOOLS!


3 posted on 05/21/2010 7:55:36 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion,,,,,,the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience....)
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To: RC2
Where will they get the $100 Million? From the Democrats in Washington? From Obama?

From their taxpayer funding. i.e., from you and I.

4 posted on 05/21/2010 7:56:00 AM PDT by markomalley (Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus)
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To: markomalley
Unions have close, and historic ties to organized crime.

Unions have close, and historic ties to the Democrat party.

Am I being redundant?

5 posted on 05/21/2010 8:00:50 AM PDT by laotzu
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To: RC2

Obama’s “stash”, I’d bet.


6 posted on 05/21/2010 8:01:11 AM PDT by ConjunctionJunction (I can see November from my house.)
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To: markomalley

You are unfortunately correct. The Unions are being funded by the taxpayers at this point in history. We are funding our own demise. It is sick and twisted and the Unions will come to our house and intimidate our children or beat us up in public if we don’t like it.


7 posted on 05/21/2010 8:02:40 AM PDT by madinmadtown
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To: markomalley

AFSCME and SEIU are scared that if the Dems lose their majorities their public employee gravy train will run dry. This is part and parcel of the incestuous relationship between Democrat politicians and the public-employee unions. Of course, these clowns will avoid any scrutiny in the Orwellian “Disclose Act” being pushed right now. That is designed to hamstring business and individuals and empower unions and left-wing activist groups.


8 posted on 05/21/2010 8:03:50 AM PDT by St. Louis Conservative
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To: RC2

Bingo, If we had a real AG they would be looking into the money trail and possibly filing Racketering charges against these scummy bastards...


9 posted on 05/21/2010 8:06:18 AM PDT by crazydad (What)
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To: RC2
There is never enough money for these people is there? Where do they think this money will come from? The whole country is hurting right now but they don’t care. They want more and more.

Remember how we heard earlier this year how more than half of the stimulus funds hadn't been spent yet? Care to venture a guess?

10 posted on 05/21/2010 8:06:52 AM PDT by ScottinVA (RIP to the country I love...)
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To: markomalley
From their taxpayer funding. i.e., from you and I.

Sort of like an autoimmune disease, in which the tools that ostensibly would fight the problem turn against the body and become part of the problem itself.

11 posted on 05/21/2010 8:09:45 AM PDT by ScottinVA (RIP to the country I love...)
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To: St. Louis Conservative

AFSCME and SEIU are scared that if the Dems lose their majorities their public employee gravy train will run dry.

We hoping for just that! NOVEMBER!!!!


12 posted on 05/21/2010 8:12:55 AM PDT by Bitsy
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To: markomalley
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) plans to spend in excess of $50 million during the 2010 campaign,

This needs to be made the subject of a counter campaign, and the taxpayers made aware that it is their taxes that are being used to fund the campaign.

13 posted on 05/21/2010 8:13:13 AM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: markomalley
McEntee said. “It is going to be hard. Those tea-baggers are out there."

That's right. So prepare to suck my b****.

14 posted on 05/21/2010 8:13:47 AM PDT by Lazamataz ("We beat the Soviet Union. Then we became them." -- Lazamataz, 2005)
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To: Ann Archy

The Union Pensions are UNSUSTAINABLE yet they are spending MILLIONS on Democrats! FOOLS!


Precisely. There's a method in the madness, though. They know a Democrat Party majority means that union pensions will be bailed out by taxpayers.

Remember November. The Democrat vermin must be removed.

15 posted on 05/21/2010 8:13:55 AM PDT by EdReform (Oath Keepers - Guardians of the Republic - Honor your oath - Join us: www.oathkeepers.org)
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To: crazydad

The monies these unions use to keep democraps in office/in power comes from forced withholding from salaries where unions have forced employers to hire union workers. With that level of corruption, would anyone actually expect the prime criminals (the democrat party is a criminal enterprise) to not commandeer tax collections out to repay the unions (in healthcare mandates and retirement takeovers) so their scam can continue to control industries and funnel the pay of workers into the continued empowerment of democrats? The democrat party is a criminal enterprise which is now not even trying to cover their use of the thuggish unions as their enforcers. Until someone defends their home by blowing one or two of these threatening thugs in a mob off of their porch, SEIU and the AFL-CIO will only escalate their cover of criminality.


16 posted on 05/21/2010 8:16:32 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Obots, believing they cannot be deceived, it is impossible to convince them when they are deceived.)
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To: markomalley

No amount of dirty money will save them from the political bloodbath they are about to experience.

WE ARE OVER THE TARGET

We surround them

The millions of dems who are now without jobs, will not turn out and vote for The Regime this time around.


17 posted on 05/21/2010 8:17:48 AM PDT by TheConservativeParty ( HEY OBAMA, I CAN SEE NOVEMBER FROM MY BACK FORTY -Lady NRA Member)
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To: markomalley

Where is John McCain and McCain-Feingold?

The law that handed the Dems Congress in 2006/2008 and Obama the white hut. Bush and Rove were too busy working on amnesty to veto it.


18 posted on 05/21/2010 8:27:01 AM PDT by Frantzie (McCain=Obama's friend. McCain/Graham = La Raza's Senators)
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To: TheConservativeParty

I hope so. Obama needs to be investigated and impeached as fast as possible if the bums get thrown out in Nov.


19 posted on 05/21/2010 8:32:21 AM PDT by Frantzie (McCain=Obama's friend. McCain/Graham = La Raza's Senators)
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To: Ann Archy

Unions should be forced to join a union with dues at a 90% of their income.


20 posted on 05/21/2010 8:42:26 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: RC2

>Where will they get the $100 Million? From the Democrats in Washington? From Obama?
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I believe it was part of the stimulus package as a gift to andy stern’s SEIU.


21 posted on 05/21/2010 9:02:45 AM PDT by max americana
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To: markomalley

We need to outspend the SOBs and repeal ANY civil service protection for pubic employee union members.

Join the pubic employee union ? Immediately lose your civil service !

The two are utterly incompatible.


22 posted on 05/21/2010 9:10:33 AM PDT by jimt
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To: markomalley

You just have to love it when a public employee union uses taxpayer money to support enemies of the taxpayers.


23 posted on 05/21/2010 9:43:34 AM PDT by KansasGirl
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To: RC2
Where will they get the $100 Million? From the Democrats in Washington? From Obama?

TARP money.
24 posted on 05/21/2010 9:47:47 AM PDT by crosshairs
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To: madinmadtown

Unions will come to our house and intimidate our children or beat us up in public if we don’t like it.”

Another reason to be an armed citizen.


25 posted on 05/21/2010 9:50:58 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: markomalley

Just as I want Obama to fail, at this rate, I also want the unions to fail.

Sorry to you rank-and-file out there, but your bosses are ruining this republic with their fanatical support of the Democratic Party.


26 posted on 05/21/2010 9:53:35 AM PDT by rrstar96 (Strength and Honor!)
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To: Ann Archy

The Union Pensions are UNSUSTAINABLE yet they are spending MILLIONS on Democrats! FOOLS!

Not fools! If they succeed, they will be repaid tenfold with bailouts.


27 posted on 05/21/2010 10:07:33 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: markomalley

Hrrumph...

Should read “Unions to spend $100M in 2010 campaign to save the Communists”


28 posted on 05/22/2010 5:44:03 AM PDT by LastDayz (Tar & Feathers come to mind.....)
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