A new report from NILRR, highlighted by The Washington Free Beacon, reveals that Big Labor groups spent $1.7 Billion (with a B) on the 2016 elections, w/ a “vast majority” of the money coming from members’ dues in order to support Democrats.
FREE BEACON: Labor Spent $1.7 Billion On Politics In 2016, Mostly For DemsBy Bill McMorrisApril 17, 2017Organized labor spent a record $1.7 billion on politics and lobbying during the 2016 election cycle, with the vast majority of money coming from member dues and supporting Democrats.
The National Institute for Labor Relations Research (NILRR), a nonprofit union watchdog, found that unions spent $1.713 billion on political activities and lobbying. The watchdog group analyzed federal labor filings that disclose how much unions spend on political activities at the federal, state, and local level, as well as Federal Election Commission records collected by OpenSecrets.com. Stan Greer, the researcher behind the study, said 75 percent of the money spent on politics came from union treasuries rather than campaign PACs or other independent union-backed political operations.