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AFL-CIO Pulling Funds From Obama Campaign
U.S. News & World Report ^ | Wednesday, June 13, 2012 | Elizabeth Flock

Posted on 06/13/2012 10:35:25 AM PDT by kristinn

The AFL-CIO has told Washington Whispers it will redeploy funds away from political candidates smack dab in the middle of election season, the latest sign that the largest federation of unions in the country could be becoming increasingly disillusioned with President Obama.

The federation says the shift has been in the works for months, and had nothing to do with the president's failure to show in Wisconsin last week, where labor unions led a failed recall election of Governor Scott Walker.

"We wanted to start investing our funds in our own infrastructure and advocacy," AFL-CIO spokesman Josh Goldstein told Whispers. "There will be less contributions to candidates," including President Obama.

While there were "a lot of different opinions" about whether Obama should have gone to Wisconsin, according to Goldstein, "this is not a slight at the president."

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


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012; aflcio; democrats; elections; nobama2012; obama; trumka

1 posted on 06/13/2012 10:35:38 AM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

AFL-CIO getting even..


2 posted on 06/13/2012 10:39:30 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: kristinn

All told, how much did the Unions blow in Wisconsin? Twenty million? And now no mandatory dues collection? Whew. Talk about bad strategy. Glad to see they wasted all that money!


3 posted on 06/13/2012 10:39:44 AM PDT by Obadiah (2008: Hope & Change -- 2012: Fear & Destruction)
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To: kristinn

Will other unions Teamsters etc follow suit ?


4 posted on 06/13/2012 10:41:28 AM PDT by Col Frank Slade
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To: Obadiah

All told, how much did the Unions blow in Wisconsin? Twenty million? And now no mandatory dues collection? Whew. Talk about bad strategy. Glad to see they wasted all that money!


And all 0bama contributed was a Tweet. Yep, they’re mad at him.


5 posted on 06/13/2012 10:42:19 AM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: kristinn

Well the wheel fell off of that wagon.


6 posted on 06/13/2012 10:42:47 AM PDT by pfflier
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To: kristinn
This sounds like the unions are seeing a major change during this coming election and have decided to "redeploy" their political contributions in a more balanced way.

And it will work because many politicians will carry the water for whomever is providing the contributions.

7 posted on 06/13/2012 10:43:22 AM PDT by oldbrowser (They are marxists, don't call them democrats)
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To: kristinn

If true, this is HUGE news.


8 posted on 06/13/2012 10:43:22 AM PDT by comebacknewt (Newt (sigh) what could have been . . .)
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To: kristinn
I loved to see if some annuities have been bought courtesy of the AFL-CIO and how many of the higher level muckee-mucks will soon be “retiring early”...
9 posted on 06/13/2012 10:44:04 AM PDT by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: kristinn

It’s all going to the Dems like always.

Obama’s well funded so others will get more.


10 posted on 06/13/2012 10:45:50 AM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: kristinn

It’s all going to the Dems like always.

Obama’s well funded so others will get more.


11 posted on 06/13/2012 10:45:59 AM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: kristinn

Wow.

Now I’m getting concerned that Obama is doing SO bad that the DEMs will try to make Hillary Clinton the candidate.


12 posted on 06/13/2012 10:46:15 AM PDT by kidd
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To: kristinn

Wow! I think that it has a lot to do with the losing recall effort in Wisconsin, as well as polls showing an across the board erosion in Obama’s support, even among black voters. This makes me wonder if union leaders are working on the inside, using their economic and manpower leverage to bring about a major shift in Democratic support to Hillary, either as a replacement for Biden, or even the top of the ticket.


13 posted on 06/13/2012 10:46:15 AM PDT by Freestate316
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To: kristinn

O’Bumbler’s new book ‘The Audacity of Failure’


14 posted on 06/13/2012 10:46:37 AM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: kristinn
The federation says the shift has been in the works for months, and had nothing to do with the president's failure to show in Wisconsin last week

That's a nice new plate glass window. It would be a shame if something happened to it.

15 posted on 06/13/2012 10:48:26 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Col Frank Slade

If Hoffa wasn’t such a flaming Commie, the teamsters would be a Republican Union. After all they are almost exclusively a private sector concern.


16 posted on 06/13/2012 10:49:13 AM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: kidd
Now I’m getting concerned that Obama is doing SO bad that the DEMs will try to make Hillary Clinton the candidate.

You have a point there...
17 posted on 06/13/2012 10:53:25 AM PDT by freebird5850 (Just don't have a tagline today. This administration makes me quite sad.)
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To: kristinn

There was a time when labor unions wanted economic growth. Maybe that time is coming again.


18 posted on 06/13/2012 10:54:07 AM PDT by Snake65
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To: comebacknewt

“If true, this is HUGE news.”

It’s bigger than that. It is HUGH and quite SERIES!!!!

The administration will be STUNED by this.


19 posted on 06/13/2012 10:55:17 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (ABO 2012)
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To: unkus
And all 0bama contributed was a Tweet. Yep, they’re mad at him.

You betcha. Without the tweet, the 'slight' would have been much less insulting.

20 posted on 06/13/2012 10:55:48 AM PDT by houeto (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: kidd

I have the same feeling. This thing is collapsing on Obama. He is all but unelectable at this point in November, and it is looking like he could pull the entire party down with him.

I am wondering now if Hillary enters is she would have a chance, or whether it just might be done to help salvage seats in the Senate and House.


21 posted on 06/13/2012 10:59:14 AM PDT by ilgipper
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To: kristinn

The private sector unions see the writing on the wall...

Their fight is at the state level keeping right to work legislation from becoming reality...in many states

They are smart enough to know the Fed cannot help them so giving Obama money is pretty much throwing it away...


22 posted on 06/13/2012 10:59:41 AM PDT by Popman (When you elect a clown: expect a circus...)
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To: Freestate316; All
Wow! I think that it has a lot to do with the losing recall effort in Wisconsin, as well as polls showing an across the board erosion in Obama’s support, even among black voters. This makes me wonder if union leaders are working on the inside, using their economic and manpower leverage to bring about a major shift in Democratic support to Hillary, either as a replacement for Biden, or even the top of the ticket.

I remain skeptical, I can't see them pulling a Lautenberg at this point, it is a logistic nightmare and IMHO they loose the American of African Decent vote forever if they do.

They have screwed the pooch with running this horse and they are gonna have to suck it up until November. Besides IMHO he won't leave the whole Malignant Narcissism thing ya know...

23 posted on 06/13/2012 10:59:44 AM PDT by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: ilgipper

I’m wondering if this was a chesspiece type move to get funds available to support/persuade hillary to run.


24 posted on 06/13/2012 11:00:54 AM PDT by MCOAvalanche
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To: kristinn

I suggest Republicans start looking into union pension funds & if necessary initiate legislation to make sure they are fully funded before unions can spend dues money on ‘outside activities’. That would slow some of these guys down.


25 posted on 06/13/2012 11:01:20 AM PDT by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: kristinn
That is really leave a very nasty mark! :-D

26 posted on 06/13/2012 11:01:25 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (WA DC E$tabli$hment; DNC/RNC/Unionists...Brazilian saying: "$@me Old $hit; different flie$". :^)
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To: Popman
The private sector unions see the writing on the wall... Their fight is at the state level keeping right to work legislation from becoming reality...in many states They are smart enough to know the Fed cannot help them so giving Obama money is pretty much throwing it away...

Have you heard of Terry Bowman? I have had the privilige to meet and discuss ideas with him on a few occasions...

http://www.unionconservatives.com/

27 posted on 06/13/2012 11:02:17 AM PDT by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: kristinn

Lookimgt forward to watching what Ed “Union Mobster Mouthpiece” has to saay about this.... >B-^)`


28 posted on 06/13/2012 11:09:29 AM PDT by DGHoodini (Iran Azadi)
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To: taildragger

True, but this is a seismic shift in the campaign landscape. The likelihood of Obama not being the candidate is miniscule, but Biden adds nothing, is universally acknowledged as a doofus, and could be easily replaced with someone who has broad appeal with white working class union people. I’m not sure that is even a remote possibility of Biden actually being replaced either, but I’m sure there are whispers of the sort. Just pray that Obama’s slide continues, and the next 21 weeks should be very interesting!


29 posted on 06/13/2012 11:11:11 AM PDT by Freestate316
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To: kristinn
Let's see:

The war on coal has hurt the UMW.

While the GM bailout seemed like a sweetheart deal for the unions, their likely greatest area of manufacturing growth is.....China.

The Keystone pipeline jobs would have included jobs which organized labor could have had...

Unions have been losing popularity and jobs, (in tough times there is no shortage of non-union applicants who are ready, able, and willing to work) and even the management has got to see that if there is no rank and file to pay dues, sooner or later they won't have enough cash flow to 'operate'.

Wisconsin is just the beginning of the end for people working in the Public Sector using our money to lobby for more of our money.

30 posted on 06/13/2012 11:17:22 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: kristinn

Pssst-it’s only a threat. After all these years of funding the dems, the unions are not about to tell their members to support conservatives. Then again, maybe the union bosses are ready to cut their losses, take whatever money remains, and RUN.


31 posted on 06/13/2012 11:25:46 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: kristinn
This is good news and sends the message that the AFL-CIO, a mainstay of Democrat party candidates and coffers, is pulling back. The reasons are obvious. From the AFL-CIO point of view, Obama has miserably failed the unions - Wisconsin was simply the tipping point - and the claims that doing this "has been in the works for months" and "this isn't a slight to the president" ring very hollow, especially to the narcissist Obama. His response, if any, should be interesting.
32 posted on 06/13/2012 11:37:55 AM PDT by Jim Scott
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To: kristinn

Unions are in their final death-battle. They are gonna tug at Obama’s shorthairs until he implements Card Check by executive order. That’s the only thing that will reverse their long decline, enforced membership.


33 posted on 06/13/2012 11:46:48 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: taildragger
...they loose the American of African Decent vote forever if they do.(sic)

Really, the 'Black Vote' is highly overrated. Their entire population is only about 14% of the populace, and that's counting babies, older children and the aged and infirm. Of that group, how many actually show up at the polls on election day? They may be concentrated in urban areas, but as for the rest of the country, they are relatively diluted to the point of being just another vote in a sea of electorate. That's one reason the Democrat Party had really ignored them for decades, politically, because targeting funds to a small group of people that will essentially be in your back pocket is not efficient use of funds. ....

34 posted on 06/13/2012 11:46:57 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: kidd

Hillary would be the better president between the two, just saying.


35 posted on 06/13/2012 11:49:32 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: Freestate316

The Clinton’s know Obama will lose and lose big this year. Hill is not going to put her political future at risk for a losing ticket.

After Obama loses and the tsunami sweeps away numerous other dems they Clinton’s will come back to rescue ‘their’ party. The dems will have to suffer (from the Clinton POV) for picking the narcissist over Hill in 2008.


36 posted on 06/13/2012 12:11:16 PM PDT by Leto (Damn shame Sarah didn't run the Presidency was there for the taking)
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To: kidd
"Now I’m getting concerned that Obama is doing SO bad that the DEMs will try to make Hillary Clinton the candidate."

You can count on that but it won't work. When it comes to this the press will have written him off and will describe it as a desperate move.

37 posted on 06/13/2012 12:14:00 PM PDT by Neanderthal
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To: ilgipper
Isn't the Democrat primary over?

How would Hillary even get on the ballot in many states?

38 posted on 06/13/2012 12:15:02 PM PDT by Lazamataz (People who resort to Godwin's Law are just like Hitler.)
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To: Leto

Possibly, but don’t you think that Hillary is nearing her expiration date? In 2016 she’ll be pushing 70.


39 posted on 06/13/2012 12:24:38 PM PDT by Freestate316
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To: kristinn

:) :) :) !!!!!!


40 posted on 06/13/2012 12:32:08 PM PDT by ZULU (See: http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=D9vQt6IXXaM&hd)
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To: Lazamataz

The DNC views things like “rules” and “votes” and “procedure” to be charming and old-fashioned.

If they feel threatened, the DNC resorts to “courts” and “birth-certificates” or even “Fort Marcy Park”

Ask Senator Lautenberg.

It wouldn’t be difficult, for those without scruples, to get Hillary Clinton on the ballot


41 posted on 06/13/2012 12:36:04 PM PDT by kidd
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To: MCOAvalanche
I’m wondering if this was a chesspiece type move to get funds available to support/persuade hillary to run.

Bringing Hillary in to "rescue" the party and ticket, will smack of complete desperation, and desperation is not a winner in most battles.

At best, Hillary will swap places with Biden, but, it will still seem as a desperate move, and not really change anything, since, Obama is not one to share power at the top.
42 posted on 06/13/2012 12:38:34 PM PDT by adorno
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To: Lazamataz

I am not sure, but they’ve done it before in state races. Really nothing is official until the convention. I suppose if he were pressured to drop out there would have to be someone run, and I am sure the Dems would put on a fun charade to show a huge momentum building to have Hillary run.

Frankly, I am not sure the people would care...they have soundly rejected the Democrats at all levels, and she’s not all that compelling to change that trajectory. Seeing Carville, Bill, and other Clintonites all suddenly becoming anti-Barrack is certainly raising an eyebrow, though.


43 posted on 06/13/2012 2:31:13 PM PDT by ilgipper
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To: Freestate316

Well the original plan was 2008 but that went out the window. Bill hasn’t forgotten the race card being played on him and won’t forgive. So we see L Davis, Rendell, H Ford Carvile and Bill killing Obama.

2016 is the only game in town for HC.


44 posted on 06/13/2012 5:21:21 PM PDT by Leto (Damn shame Sarah didn't run the Presidency was there for the taking)
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