Behind the Headline: Following the Money: Where Are Teachers’ Unions Spending the Most?
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Following the Money: Where Are Teachers’ Unions Spending the Most?
Hechinger Report | 7/5/12
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The Long Reach of Teachers Unions
Education Next | Fall 2010
The NEA and AFT made donations to candidates and groups totaling more than $2.6 million between Jan. 1 and May 31 this year, reports Sarah Butrymowicz in the Hechinger Report, with the AFT spending over $1 million in Wisconsin in the month leading up to Governor Scott Walker’s recall election. Mike Antonucci wrote about campaign spending by teacher unions in the Fall 2010 issue of Ed Next. He wrote
The largest political campaign spender in America is not a megacorporation, such as Wal-Mart, Microsoft, or ExxonMobil. It isn’t an industry association, like the American Bankers Association or the National Association of Realtors. It’s not even a labor federation, like the AFL-CIO. If you combine the campaign spending of all those entities it does not match the amount spent by the National Education Association, the public-sector labor union that represents some 2.3 million K–12 public school teachers and nearly a million education support workers (bus drivers, custodians, food service employees), retirees, and college student members.