Do the facts support the notion that unions - not corporations - are trying to buy this year's election?

Top contributors to 527 organizations, according to data released by the IRS earlier this month:

Service Employees International Union $11,785,221

United Food & Commercial Workers Union $3,847,500

Operating Engineers Union $3,751,245

American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees $2,481,873

Friends of America Votes $2,328,361

Laborers Union $1,860,533

Pharmaceutical Product Development Inc $1,853,250

Democratic Attorneys General Assn $1,435,000

Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $1,333,176

National Assn of Realtors $1,276,357

Sheet Metal Workers Union $1,245,500

Democratic Governors Assn $1,100,000

American Federation of Teachers $939,164

John Templeton Foundation $899,600

AFL-CIO $782,958

Carpenters & Joiners Union $736,378

Ironworkers Union $707,434

Illinois Manufacturers Assn $700,798

American Dental Assn $607,007

United Steelworkers $574,530


You are right, Paulina. You don't know. Neither does Obama. And neither of you has produced one shred of evidence in support of your position. Even organizations such as the NY Times and CBS News have called Obama to task on it.

8 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    Unions have been buying off elections for years.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Unions try to Buy Every Election.

    Our Union Bosses are Corrupt, and in bed with Corrupt Democrat Politicians.

    (Rank & File union member since the 1960's)

  • 1 decade ago

    Unions and Corporations buy elections all the time, and it should end. Money is not speech.

  • 1 decade ago

    I was in basically the same problem last year. I was able to find help from an attorney from over at

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    You dont get it:

    we KNOW where the money comes from in all the unions you cite: it is from AMERICANS.

    We DONT know if Foreign corporations are sponsoring American Crossroads or the US Chamber,

    THAT is the difference.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    unions sucks...horrible for the economy. everyone in a union is overpaid because a union is a monopoly, a single supplier of labor. this creates a surplus of labor, or unemployment...unions are one of the causes of unemployment...that's factual.

  • No. Especially since the corporations do not have to disclose where they spend their money. Obviously you are missing facts.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago


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