Unions in Politics

Steven Malanga, in the Wall Street Journal, explains how big the stakes are for the Democratic Party:

Public unions are also among the biggest players in national politics. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (Afscme) has been the third-biggest contributor to federal campaigns over the past 20 years, having given $43 million. The National Education Association is number eight with $31 million in contributions, while the SEIU—half of whose 2.2 million members are government workers—is No. 10, with $29 million in campaign donations.

Unlike businesses and industry groups that are also big givers but tend to split their donations between the parties, some 95% of government workers’ donations has gone to the Democratic Party, whose members are far more likely to favor raising taxes and boosting spending than are members of the Republican Party.

Michelle Malkin applies this to Wisconsin, showing us that the Wisconsin Education Association is Wisconsin’s chief lobbying organization:

Power Line gives us the national numbers (noting that the Koch brothers the Left loves to rail about are nowhere near this list:

Look at all those unions! And at all those donkeys. That’s what the fight in Wisconsin is about. As Micheal Barone puts it, “public employee unions are a mechanism by which every taxpayer is forced to fund the Democratic Party.”

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