Skip to comments.Buying Wisconsin Politicians Pt.2: $7 million+ lobbyist spending by WI Teachers' union since 1999.
Posted on 02/26/2011 2:13:26 PM PST by sbMKE
$7,000,000 in lobbying expenses for WEAC lobbying in Wisconsin's capital in Madison - 1999-2009. 2010 numbers not yet posted. It is safe to presume a minimum of $8,000,000 was spent including 2010, possibly as much as $9,000,000
Add in campaing contibutions and spending and the total amount of tax money (dues) spent by WEAC to lobby for teacher spending (collective bargaining) easily exceeds $20,000,000 in the past decade. This includes only WEAC and its wholly owned health insurance company (specified in many locally bargained contracts and sold for above-market markups.) WEAC is known to operate and contribute via surrogate organizations.
WEAC PAC Spending - Consistently #1 in all elections - far surpassing all other PACs combined ($11,449,803 since 2000 - All on Democrat candidates.).
2010 Wisconsin Election Cycle - Total Spending: $1,599,094.00
2009 Spring Elections - Spent: $564,993 In the 2009 race for state school superintendent, WEAC supported candidate Tony Evers over Rose Fernandez, Lowell Holtz, Van Mobley and Todd Price. On March 24 WEAC also reported spending nearly $16,000 on brochures and mailings to support Evers and to oppose Fernandez. http://www.wisdc.org/ind09pacs.php
2008 Fall Elections - Total Spending: $2,099,984 Direct PAC contributions to 2008 candidates 2007-2008: $39,531 Minimum conduit contributions to 2008 candidates 2007-2008: $98,107 http://www.wisdc.org/ind08pacs.php#i500189
2008 Supreme Court Justice election - Spent: $349,325 http://www.wisdc.org/hijackjustice08indexp.php
2006 Wisconsin elections - Total Spending: $1,993,438 WEAC has two conduits (United Staff Union and Children's School Fund) through which it contributed over $142,000 to candidates in the 2005-2006 election cycle. Direct PAC contributions to 2006 candidates 2005-2006: $58,389 http://www.wisdc.org/ind06pacs.php#i500189
2004 Wisconsin Elections - Total Spending: $1,882,427.56 Direct PAC Contributions to 2004 Legislative Candidates: $38,939 http://www.wisdc.org/ind04pacs.php
2002 Wisconsin Elections - Total Spending:$1,396,273 Direct PAC Contributions to Candidates 2001-02: $112,100 http://www.wisdc.org/ind02interests.php#weac
2000 Wisconsin Elections Spending: $1,051,369 Groups affiliated with WEAC that supported candidates through independent expenditures are: Coulee Region United Educators ($1,431); Eau Claire Association of Educators ($829); South West Education Association ($1,546); Winnebagoland Uniserv - the 14th highest independent spender - ($3,156) and La Crosse Education Association ($871). These sums are not included in WEACs total. http://www.wisdc.org/hijackinterests.php
In WI, here is one example of union waste of 1/2 billion taxpayer dollars. How much went to the DP?
Here is a report from 2000 that shows the waste of WEAC of at least $ 50 million a year times 10+ years === 1/2 billion dollars.
This problem has been documented and known for a long time and the union refused to do anything..
There is a need to summarize the significant past problems in dealing with WEAC (teachers union). Everyone knows that the DP supports wholeheartly the teachers union and gives away taxpayer money to them. The union has an unfair power/leverage that increases taxpayer costs. Another issue is the unfair process of mediation/arbitration.
Here is a report from 2000 stating that WEAC controls 85% of the teachers health insurance without competition.
The market for teachershealth insurance in Wisconsin is characterized by several traits. The health insurance is
determined through the collective bargaining process. The health insurance plans provided by the districts are rarely
put out to bid.37 The WEAInsurance Corporation, an entity affiliated with the states largest teachers union, provides
insurance coverage to roughly 85% of the districts. The peculiarities of this market suggest that competition between
insurers to write health insurance coverage is severely limited in most districts.
The current study reports the results of a statistical analysis that tested whether the WEAInsurance Corporation
charges more for health insurance coverage than other insurers. The analysis controlled for various factors believed
to be associated with the price of insurance coverage. The results suggest that the WEA Insurance Corporation does
charge more for its insurance product than other insurers. Possible explanations for this finding are that the WEA
Insurance Corporation provides more extensive insurance protection to those it insures, that it provides a higher level
of service to its customers, and that it derives market power from its affiliation with the WEA.
Reform that would foster competition in the market for teachers health insurance would serve the interests of
Wisconsins taxpayers and teachers. A model for reform is the health insurance pool for state employees. This is
administered by the Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF), as is a similar pool available to Wisconsin public
employers. On a statewide basis, savings that could accrue to school districts through participation in the state
employee health insurance pool are estimated to be approximately $50,000,000 per year.
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