Union Free America

Union Political Contributions

Modern American unionism depends on government support.  As a result, unions have a strong interest in politics and spend a lot of time and money on political activity.

One way that you can show your fellow employees why they ought to stay union free is to give them information about union political spending.

Most union support for political candidates and causes comes from union dues, not from their political action committees, but the PAC's are about the only type of political spending that is fully disclosed.

One of the best sources of information on political campaign contributions, union and otherwise, is the "Political Money Line." To find out about a union's political action committee go to this page and click on "PACs/Party Profiles" in the left hand column. Then you can search for a specific union or click on "Organized Labor" under "Industry Headings" to see an overview of union political giving. This page takes some getting used to but once you figure it out there's a world of information you can use.

If you have questions about union political contributions or the use of union dues for politics, send us an e-mail and we will try to help you find the information you need.

Some union officials are still trying to convince people that they don't spend union dues on politics.  To see our commentary on that click here.

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