(National Sentinel) Hypocrites: Since the Obama era, Democrats have routinely complained about there being ‘too much money’ in politics, having criticized the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC decision in 2010 that political donations are a form of speech and therefore cannot be limited or banned.
‘Too much corporate influence!’ they’ve claimed. ‘The Koch brothers, the Koch brothers!’ yada, yada, yada.
Suddenly, Democrats are strangely silent now that labor unions are spending lavishly on their candidates running in the midterm elections.
As the Washington Free Beacon reports:
Big Labor is dropping big money on the 2018 elections despite their own rhetoric about outside spending.
Unions represent 12 of the top 25 largest outside spending organizations in the 2018 midterm elections. Two of the three highest institutional outside spenders are labor groups, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
The Carpenters and Joiners Union tops the list having spent $23.8 million on the midterm elections. Nearly all of that money has gone to aid Democratic congressional and Senate candidates, as conservatives benefited from only $612,500. Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) is the third largest with $11.1 million spent—$10.3 million has gone to aid Democratic candidates.
Mind you, blue-collar workers helped POTUS Donald Trump win in 2016 though labor union cash went nearly universally to Hillary Clinton and Democratic candidates.
But Democratic complaints about there being too much money in politics — whether legitimate or not — are falling on deaf ears considering the party’s blatant hypocrisy when it comes to labor union money.
Labor watchdog Richard Berman of the Center for Union Facts notes the 2018 spending is really no surprise. He pointed to the estimated $1.3 billion labor groups have given to far-Left causes and candidates between 2010 and 2017 as evidence, the Washington Free Beacon noted.
“For far too long unions have gotten away with using membership dues to advance a left-wing political agenda—without any prior approval from workers,” Berman said.
“Though the Court’s recent decision in Janus has started to turn the tide on unapproved political spending for unionized government employees, private-sector employees are still subject to unions hijacking dues money for politics.”
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