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NEA challenged on political outlays - Teacher's union fields "army of campaign workers"
Washington Times ^ | April 7, 2003 | George Archibald

Posted on 04/07/2003 2:32:29 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

Edited on 07/12/2004 4:02:19 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

As much as one-third of the tax-exempt National Education Association's yearly $271 million income goes toward politically related activities, according to union documents filed with the Internal Revenue Service.

The documents show that the 2.7 million-member teacher's union spends millions annually to field what one critic calls an "army of campaign workers," while maintaining that it spends nothing on politics.


(Excerpt) Read more at washtimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: campaigns; education; educationnews; fec; fines; irs; landmarklegal; nea; politics; schools; teacher; union; unionbosses; violations
June 2000 - TEACHERS BACK DNC WITH MONEY, MUSCLE [Excerpt]--In Iowa, New Hampshire, and other key primary states, teachers knocked on doors, staffed telephone banks, and helped get out the vote for Gore. In New York, members of the United Federation of Teachers helped distribute more than one million fliers for Gore in one day. In Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Teachers Association contacted each of its 90,000 members three times by phone and by mail, urging them to vote for Gore over Bradley………….

The teachers and their unions have long been a force in American politics. From 1991 to 1999, for example, contributions to the Democratic Party from the NEA, AFT, and the Service Employees International Union, which includes some education workers, totaled $6.7 million, making teachers by far the party's biggest donor bloc, according to the nonpartisan Center for Public Integrity. The largest single contributor to Democrats - the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees - gave $3.7 million in that period……..[End Excerpt]

1 posted on 04/07/2003 2:32:30 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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June 2000 - LANDMARK FILES COMPLAINTS WITH IRS AND FEC AGAINST THE NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION*** As part of its Quality Schools 2000 initiative, Landmark Legal Foundation has compiled substantial information showing that the NEA uses tax-exempt general revenue to influence the election of candidates seeking public office - for which it has neither paid income taxes nor reported to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), as required by the Internal Revenue Code (IRC). The last several NEA Form 990 federal tax returns, submitted to the IRS under penalty of perjury, disclose no political expenditures whatsoever. The NEA and several of its affiliates have also failed to disclose the full extent of their political activities to the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

Landmark has filed formal complaints with the IRS, the FEC and the Inspector General of the Treasury Department detailing its extensive findings. Landmark's asking these agencies to initiate comprehensive investigations of the NEA's political activities and expenditures to determine whether it has violated federal tax and campaign laws. Landmark is also asking the IRS to consider whether the NEA's tax-exempt status should be revoked, and whether the IRS and the FEC should impose fines and penalties on the NEA. You can review the complaints by using the navigator bar to the right.

Some of the key findings in Landmark's complaints include:***

2 posted on 04/07/2003 2:42:51 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
If only the NEA would show as much fervor in educating our students.
3 posted on 04/07/2003 2:52:59 AM PDT by monocle
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To: monocle
But...but...but...there is no controlling legal authority! Hah!

The NEA, the world's largest union, controls the Democratic Party. Compare a list of their members with a list of national delegates to the RAT convention, and you will see that they run the show.

The most dangerous and damaging bunch of leftists in the land.
4 posted on 04/07/2003 3:05:13 AM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: *Union Bosses
http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/bump-list
5 posted on 04/07/2003 3:27:25 AM PDT by Free the USA (Stooge for the Rich)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
bump
6 posted on 04/07/2003 3:30:31 AM PDT by RippleFire
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Miss Lyons, the NEA spokeswoman, said the IRS conducted an exhaustive audit of the NEA's 1993 Form 990 tax return and "found no irregularities with NEA's reporting in this regard."

Gee, and what political party was in charge of all 3 branches of government in that year? Oh, lets see, maybe the one who GETS ALL THE NEA POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS, perhaps?

7 posted on 04/07/2003 3:36:26 AM PDT by machman
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To: monocle
If only the NEA would show as much fervor in educating our students.

Their clients are union members. Bodies in public school classrooms are just a means to an end.

8 posted on 04/07/2003 3:38:21 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
A 2002 study by the Center for Responsive Politics found that since 1988 the NEA had given $21 million in campaign contributions, 95 percent of that to Democrats.

And the other 5% was spent on destroying documents.

9 posted on 04/07/2003 3:44:10 AM PDT by JoeSixPack1 (POW/MIA - Bring 'em home, or send us back! Semper Fi)
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To: machman; RippleFire; EternalVigilance; All
Florida: GOP bill draws teachers' anger***The GOP-dominated Senate Governmental Oversight and Productivity Committee on Tuesday approved Fasano's proposal (SB 1652) to limit payroll deductions only for the cost of collective bargaining and grievance adjustment. The committee split along party lines, with six Republicans supporting the measure and three Democrats opposing it. "This bill is telling me to shut my mouth," said Maureen Dinnen, president of the teachers union, who was visibly shaking with anger after the vote. "We voted to support candidates who were chosen based on their educational positions."***

Bad faith abounds in debate about the war***A FEW DAYS AFTER the United States attacked Iraq, I traveled to Chicago to address a group of high school history teachers. I urged them to conduct debates about the war, so that students could arrive at their own views of it. Afterward, one of the teachers pulled me aside. ''Thanks so much for your talk,'' she said, smiling graciously. ''Unless we debate the war, our students won't know that it's an enormous mistake.'' Like the teacher, I regard the attack on Iraq as an enormous mistake. But her comment contains its own cynical error: It presumes anyone who debates...***

CNN helps impending war take shape in classrooms*** With links to ready-made lesson plans from sources like CNN and National Geographic, Doyle said the district can put constantly updated teaching tools in every class…………….Only one of the 19 students in Waldo Rodriguez's 12th-grade government class at Miami Senior High believes the United States should invade Iraq, but almost all believe it is inevitable. When the discussion turned toward Bush -- or, more accurately, against him -- Rodriguez focused the conversation on the separation of powers. The president is commander-in-chief, he said, but Congress funds and declares war. Impending war shaping studies in classroom Economics classes discuss how stock... ***

10 posted on 04/07/2003 3:47:15 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: JoeSixPack1
Bump!
11 posted on 04/07/2003 3:47:33 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
They're free to do it - they just have to pay taxes on it."

It was a common tactic of Clinton-Gore to sic the IRS on any and all opposing political organizations. Since the Democrats have raised the political sewage in America to new levels, the Republicans MUST regrettably respond in a like manner – that means George W. Bush must make that call to the IRS. I’m afraid that Mark R. Levin of Landmark does not carry much weight with the IRS.

12 posted on 04/07/2003 4:24:18 AM PDT by bimbo
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To: bimbo
It was a common tactic of Clinton-Gore to sic the IRS on any and all opposing political organizations

Yes it was. A very good thing to remember.

13 posted on 04/07/2003 4:42:32 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
The retired teachers union in Florida mans their phone banks every Novemember. I know this first hand because some of my relatives are retired NYC teachers who live down in Florida and help out the RATS come elction time.....
14 posted on 04/07/2003 4:49:04 AM PDT by dennisw
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; machman
DOWNSIDE LEGACY AT TWO DEGREES OF PRESIDENT CLINTON SECTION: IRS AUDITS AND TAX EXEMPT STATUS SUBSECTION: ALL Revised 1/18/01

From the archives of Freeper Alamo-Girl. :-)

15 posted on 04/07/2003 5:05:28 AM PDT by an amused spectator
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Is the NEA the world's largest union? That wouldn't be some union representing some segment of the postal workers?
I remember like back in '80 or '88 that 20% of the delegates to the democrat presidential nominating convention were teachers. What more does one need to know?
16 posted on 04/07/2003 6:34:24 AM PDT by thegreatbeast (Quid lucrum istic mihi est?)
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To: dennisw; an amused spectator; thegreatbeast
Bumps!
17 posted on 04/07/2003 6:57:41 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: thegreatbeast
NEA has more members in Michigan than the UAW does. How you like them apples!!
18 posted on 04/07/2003 7:01:10 AM PDT by dennisw
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; *Education News
Bump

See reply 28 and reply 29 in the thread The Union That Killed Education

19 posted on 04/07/2003 7:13:33 AM PDT by EdReform (Support Free Republic - www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/581234/posts?page=914#914)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
NEA doesn t show up in court; union fined $800,000 for intentional violations of state law
20 posted on 04/07/2003 7:31:34 AM PDT by EdReform (Support Free Republic - www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/581234/posts?page=914#914)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Ok, so why is the IRS going after the poor shmuck who protests taxes and not the NEA?
21 posted on 04/07/2003 7:32:47 AM PDT by JudgemAll
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To: EdReform
BTTT
22 posted on 04/07/2003 9:25:42 AM PDT by EdReform (Support Free Republic - www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/581234/posts?page=914#914)
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To: dennisw
...I know this first hand because some of my relatives are retired NYC teachers who live down in Florida ...

And I'm betting they vote in both NY and Florida!

23 posted on 04/07/2003 9:40:42 AM PDT by NEPA
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To: JoeSixPack1
I'm sure Bernie Sanders got some.
24 posted on 04/07/2003 9:45:13 AM PDT by Nathaniel Fischer
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"The evidence we've provided to the IRS comes directly from NEA documents and FEC records," Mr. Levin said. "I don't expect the NEA to confess guilt and volunteer the payment of millions of dollars in fines, but we do expect the IRS to audit these activities because the NEA's use of general revenue, collected from membership dues, to influence political campaigns is indisputable. The NEA's dissembling to the contrary."

Mark Levin and Landmark Legal are doing yeoman's work on this issue.

The Left wages political war from within tax-exempt corporations and pours billions in public funds into their crusade against freedom. This will be a long battle, but one that is vitally important.

25 posted on 04/07/2003 9:51:31 AM PDT by Interesting Times (Eagles Up! Join the Rally for America...)
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To: EternalVigilance
Viva La Vouchers!!
26 posted on 04/07/2003 9:52:10 AM PDT by mabelkitty
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To: Interesting Times
Bump
27 posted on 04/07/2003 10:10:23 AM PDT by EdReform (Support Free Republic - www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/581234/posts?page=914#914)
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To: bimbo; JohnHuang2
They're free to do it - they just have to pay taxes on it."

It was a common tactic of Clinton-Gore to sic the IRS on any and all opposing political organizations. Since the Democrats have raised the political sewage in America to new levels, the Republicans MUST regrettably respond in a like manner – that means George W. Bush must make that call to the IRS. I’m afraid that Mark R. Levin of Landmark does not carry much weight with the IRS.

Au contraire (apologies for using french), the more appropriate and fair thing to do would be to thoroughly investigate the entire list of Federally registered organizations to determine if any of these illegally petion and campaign for candidates / parties using workers dues, contributors money et. al. without their knowledge and consent. Those that do will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and / or have their Federal charter revoked. This could cause some damage for organizations paying fast-n-loose that support conservative causes but will instill great fear in the vast majority of liberal organizations that do not have legit operations. Since the laws are known by all ahead of time and justice is uniform, no-one can claim they are receiving undo harassment unlike under the Clinton adminstration.

The effects of such a policy would be reverberating for election cycles for generations.

28 posted on 04/07/2003 10:22:52 AM PDT by jriemer (We are a Republic not a Democracy)
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To: EternalVigilance
Bump
29 posted on 04/07/2003 10:24:19 AM PDT by EdReform (Support Free Republic - www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/581234/posts?page=914#914)
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To: Nathaniel Fischer
I'll see your Independent and raise you a republican (in name only) called Bloomberg! He probably got at least 4%. :-)
30 posted on 04/07/2003 12:44:17 PM PDT by JoeSixPack1 (POW/MIA - Bring 'em home, or send us back! Semper Fi)
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FL Teachers' Union paid for chief's opulent lifestyle - $2,000-a-night suite raised red flags - UNION LINKS
31 posted on 05/18/2003 3:12:56 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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The bottom line for teachers unions*** Yet nowhere in this gusher of news and comment can you find the views of The Newspaper Guild, one of the nation's largest media unions and the one that represents reporters at the Times. Neither Google nor Nexis turns up anything -- not a single article or transcript or Web post -- quoting a Guild official on the scandal's significance. No one seems to care about the union's reactions to the Blair affair, or its recommendations on how to prevent such ignominy in the future, or what it thinks the episode says about racial preferences in the newsroom.

And that is as it should be.

Because like all labor unions, the Newspaper Guild exists for one reason: to promote its members' economic interests. Those include higher pay, better benefits, easier work conditions, and less discipline -- all of which rank higher on any union's list of priorities than tightening professional standards or advancing the public good. No one asks the Guild's views on the state of US journalism for the same reason no one asks the United Auto Workers to comment on federal transportation policy: Anything they said would be tainted by their vested interest in winning more money and better terms for their members. Unions are special pleaders; no one mistakes them for impartial observers or disinterested honest brokers. Except when it comes to teachers unions.

If the UAW proposed that domestic automobile manufacturers be paid a federal subsidy for each new employee they hired, everyone would recognize its self-serving aims -- to swell the ranks of auto workers and increase its own membership. But when teachers unions demand hefty increases in education spending or mandatory reductions in class size, they get a respectful hearing. Union officials are routinely quoted in the media and invited to testify before legislative committees. And yet their aims are no less self-serving and their interests no less mercenary than those of any other union. So why the difference?***

32 posted on 05/22/2003 2:24:05 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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The probers and the NEA

http://www.washtimes.com/op-ed/20040330-090531-8720r.htm

Earlier this month, news reports revealed that the Labor Department has been engaged in an investigation into the political expenditures by the National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest union. The investigation began in April 2002, shortly after Landmark Legal Foundation filed its complaint, which documented that the NEA had spent tens of millions of dollars on political activity since 1994. The union, however, has failed to disclose any of those political expenditures in its annual LM-2 filing with the Labor Department.

It has been impossible for the Labor Department and any of the NEA's 2.7 million members to "determine from the NEA's LM-2s for any years since at least 1994 that the union has allocated any resources for political purposes," Landmark has said.

What makes such a situation unacceptable is the explicit acknowledgement by NEA General Counsel Robert Chanin that the NEA pursues a robust political agenda. Indeed, in a speech before the National Council of State Education Associations, Mr. Chanin bragged about the NEA's "political power and effectiveness at all levels." He also asserted that the national union and its affiliates "have the ability to help implement the type of liberal social and economic agenda that [our opponents] find unacceptable."

Mr. Chanin's chief adversary has been Landmark President Mark R. Levin, who has spent the last several years working to require greater accountability from the NEA. Yet, as Mr. Levin has declared on numerous occasions, Landmark isn't at all concerned about the NEA exercising its political power — as long as it does so within the rules that govern tax-exempt organizations. While the NEA is entitled to spend members' dues on political activity, it is required by federal law to pay taxes on those political expenditures. That might explain why the NEA has been so reluctant to reveal the cost of its extensive political activities, which are spearheaded by its 1,800 UniServ directors.

Operating in virtually every congressional district, UniServ directors are required, according to union documents unearthed by Landmark, to engage in "developing and/or executing local association political action." The NEA spends more than $75 million annually to fund UniServ activities. But it has refused since at least 1994 to acknowledge on its annual Form 990 tax returns that even a dollar of those expenditures have been politically related. After receiving extensively documented complaints from Landmark, the IRS last year launched an audit of the NEA's finances.

If the investigations bring about the transparency and accountability that have been lacking for decades throughout the union movement, they will have performed a great service, not only to the millions of dues-paying union members but to all taxpayers, who, it is hoped, will no longer be required to subsidize the political activities of Big Labor bosses.

33 posted on 03/30/2004 11:05:35 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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