Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Donkeys Kicking Elephants' Assets in Campaign Funding

You've probably seen the list of federal campaign union donations from 1990-2010 produced by the Center for Responsive Politics. Here are the Top 10:

Union
Donations to Democrats
Donations to Republicans
Democrat/Republican Ratio

1. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
$40,281,900
$547,700
74:1

2. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
$29,705,600
$679,000
44:1

3. National Education Association
$27,679,300
$2,005,200
14:1

4. Service Employees International Union
$26,368,470
$98,700
267:1

5. Communication Workers of America
$26,305,500
$125,300
210:1

6. Service Employees International Union
$26,252,000
$1,086,200
24:1

7. Laborers Union
$25,734,000
$2,138,000
12:1

8. American Federation of Teachers
$25,682,800
$200,000
130:1

9. United Auto Workers
$25,082,200
$182,700
137:1

10. Teamsters Union
$24,926,400
$1,822,000
14:1

Apparently SEIU has two PACs. Taken together they would leapfrog AFSCME into first place. And of course the two teachers' unions combined would surpass AFSCME.

Business PACs donate much more money than labor PACs. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, over the last decade business PACs gave 3-6 times as much money as labor PACs.
 
Are business donations as lopsided in favor of Republicans? According to the Center for Responsive Politics, for much of the last decade business PACs were giving about twice as much to Republicans, a 2:1 ratio.
 
That changed in the 2008 and 2010 election cycles, with Republicans and Democrats receiving equal amounts from business PACs.
 
In the money game, Republicans are losing.

Meanwhile the government takeover of an auto company to save union jobs and pensions and "stimulus" packages that benefit teachers and other government workers start to make more sense.

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