Report Exposes Hyper-partisanship and Radical Agenda Funded by Government Union Political Spending
Providence, RI – Not every teacher, first-responder, clerk, or other public servant considers themselves to be Democrats or part of the “progressive-left” movement in Rhode Island. Yet every employee who is member of a government union in our state is paying dues that directly support this extreme political agenda … along with the corrupt quid quo pro that comes with union political spending.
A new report released today by the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity – RI Political Spending: A Web of Corruption – lays out research of union political spending in Rhode Island in the 2018 election and since 2000. The report also provides multiple examples of what it calls a “web of corruption” where quid pro quo political favors coincided with union political cash.
“Most people don’t realize that the partnership between the progressive-left, government unions, and the Democratic party, which has created an iron triangle of cronyism and insider politics, is actually funded by each and every taxpayer in the state of Rhode Island,” commented Mike Stenhouse, the Center’s CEO. “This money merry-go-round is destroying our state: Taxes paid by residents fund the salaries of government employees, whose dues fund union activities, which in turn are contributed almost exclusively to one political party and to support just one, radical political ideology, who then work together to advance more pro-labor policies.”
Over $411,000 was spent by public employee unions to influence the 2018 elections :
- 97% of government union campaign contributions went to Democrats
- SEIU contributed about $150,000 to Democrats, who that year gave the union a major legislative victory that opened the door for the unionization of home care workers
- 96% of recipients of NEARI PACE donations were Democrats
- 95% of recipients of AFT (RI) donations were Democrats
- 99% of recipients of the RI Brotherhood of Correctional Officers donations were Democrats
- 98% of recipient of the RI Association of Firefighters donations were Democrats
- 96% of recipients of the RI AFL-CIO PAC donations were Democrats
- Over a half-million dollars was spent by unions on lobbying and related legislative outreach.
Nationally, and in addition to direct political contributions, for example, the National Education Association of Rhode Island’s (NEARI’s) parent organization, the NEA, alone gave out grants exceeding $100 million to far-left advocacy groups across.
Other specific examples of union-money corruption and cronyism are detailed in the report, including features about union executive and State Senator, Valerie Lawson, and union head, George Nee.