Labor Union Political Committees Contribute Heavily in March

Posted April 18, 2014 at 2:17pm

The political committees of several national labor organizations moved large amounts of political contributions to federal candidates and committees during March, according to early reports.  

The American Federation of Teachers AFL-CIO Committee on Political Education  reported  contributing $898,000 to federal candidates and committees. This included $250,000 to the Senate Majority PAC, a super PAC, and $100,000 to the House Majority PAC, another super PAC. They also made a non-federal contribution of $300,000 to the Democratic Governors Association.  

The Carpenters Legislative Improvement Committee, United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners  reported  contributing $336,000 in March.  

D.R.I.V.E., the PAC of the International Brotherhood of Teamstersreported  it gave $269,000 to federal candidates and committees. In non-federal contributions, they gave $200,000 to the Democratic Governors Association, and $200,000 to the Democratic Attorneys General Association.  

In other early filings for March,  Verizon Communications Inc. PAC  gave $305,000 to federal candidates and committees. Raytheon Company PAC  contributed $255,000. Wal-Mart Stores Inc PAC for Responsible Government  gave $224,000. The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America PAC  gave $222,500. Lockheed Martin Corporation PAC  gave $213,000, The Wine & Spirits Wholesalers PAC gave $205,740. Microsoft Corporation PAC  gave $203,000.  

Monthly PAC and party committee reports are due on April 20th.