Speaking of “How much does NEA spend on politics?”, read the following release on the union’s habit of spending large sums of teacher dues on that annoying negative political advertising (click on “Fullscreen” for the easiest read):
Of course, the answer to the question is: Depends what you mean. Some issues to consider:
- Are we talking about the national union headquarters, state union affiliates and/or local union offices?
- Are we only discussing “PAC money” or all the kinds of independent expenditures that regular dues money may be spent on?
- Are we looking at spending only on political candidates or on local and state ballot issues, too?
- Are we including only direct campaign contributions, or also “member communications” on political topics?
No one understands how this all works better than Mike Antonucci from the Education Intelligence Agency, and he explains it well in his latest Communique. Bookmark for future reference.