Big Labor to Hide More Politcal Spending on Obama’s New Union Financial Reports
The Obama Administration eliminated significant amounts of union financial disclosure and accountability. Now, Big Labor plans to conceal most of its 2012 political spending in its new Obama Department of Labor disclosure reports. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the union bosses are “rejiggering” their political spending toward more undisclosed and non-reportable expenditures further leaving union workers in the dark about how their union dues are being spent.
Mike Podhorzer, the political director for labor federation AFL-CIO, which represents 57 unions, agreed that the AFL-CIO and some affiliates are donating less money to candidates and political parties this election. But he said that is because the AFL-CIO has decided to put “significantly more” resources “into independent advocacy rather than just writing checks to candidates,” the Journal noted.