Skip to comments.AFL-CIO TO CUT DIRECT FUNDING TO DEMOCRATS
Posted on 06/14/2012 7:34:06 AM PDT by Brytani
After President Obamas decision to avoid the Wisconsin recall election, undercutting desperate union members who wanted to oust Governor Scott Walker, the AFL-CIO has announced that it will take money away from political candidates and instead put it into infrastructure and advocacy, according to AFL-CIO spokesman Josh Goldstein. There will be less contributions to candidates.
That means that President Obama will receive less direct funding from the AFL-CIO than usual, but it doesnt mean the AFL-CIO will be silent it just means theyll message independentlyof the Obama campaign. This is not a slight at the president, Goldstein said. The goal is to create a massive system that would give different kinds of support to different candidates. Richard Trumka, head of the AFL-CIO, had said back in 2009 that the labor movement would be building its own campaign machinery.
While the AFL-CIO will undoubtedly back Obama in 2012, they will do so from outside. Its a sign that a lack of trust is building between the two camps. The unions would now prefer to run their own campaigns rather than handing cash over to Obama directly. The question is whether absent centralized coordination, the Obama campaign will be on point with the unions. After Wisconsin, its far from clear that such singularity of messaging will take place.
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> and instead put it into infrastructure and advocacy,
Revenge. Bad policy my FRiends.
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I concur. My read is that they realize how tough the election is going to be so they need a lot more cash to exact fraud and buy votes more directly. It’s still a good sign because it is an acknowledgement that O is tanking.
They’re not splitting. They just realized that they were taken for granted, and want to play “hard to get” again, so they benefit more. They don’t want to be the girlfriend who puts out for free; they want to be the whore who gets paid for it.
I wonder if they are hurting for cash after the Wisconsin recall election??
Even if the unions are doing this as a head fake, the simple fact that it is out there in the public should help to undermine O and the unions.
I heard the AFL CIO spox gal on MSNBC this morning. They were talking about the SuperPACS and how the unions are for the little guy. She said they are mobilizing for Obama.
Don’t know what this means in terms of financing.
On a lighter note, Bush was only vilified once.
Makes sense on several levels.
1) They believe that Obama screwed them by failing to deliver on Card Check and by tepid support in Wisconsin. If they don’t deliver some clear punishment now double-dealing Democrats will just go on screwing them.
2) Things are going to start getting very bad for the union leadership in the wake of Wisconsin. Their rank-and-file is going to be under constant pressure of layoffs and/or givebacks. Better to point the finger of blame at the Mormon Republican Millionaire in the White House when that all starts hitting the fan.
3) The money that used to go to Democrats will frankly be needed to cover overhead expenses (i.e. perks for the union bosses) as dues receipts plummet after Wisconsin.
“Theyre not splitting. They just realized that they were taken for granted, and want to play hard to get again, so they benefit more. They dont want to be the girlfriend who puts out for free; they want to be the whore who gets paid for it.”
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Here’s another take. How much of this decision was prompted by the pull-out of mandatory contributors in Wisconsin?
The AFL-CIO might be under some internal pressure to appease the more moderate members and to keep them in the fold. They might see a possible domino effect happening after having their heads handed to them in WI. A 60% drop in membership has to get their attention.