From ACORN to Working America: AFT Spends $2.6 Million in 2009-10 Dues on Advocacy Groups

Author: bdegrow  //  Category: American Federation of Teachers Colorado

Most teachers union members in Colorado are affiliated with the National Education Association, but a smaller (though significant) number belong to the American Federation of Teachers. Some of that AFT dues money goes to national headquarters. How is some of that money spent?

Well, union organizations under federal oversight annually have to post a financial disclosure to the U.S. Department of Labor. This week Mike Antonucci of the Education Intelligence Agency has posted his digestible summary that “reveals the national union contributed $2.6 million to advocacy groups and charities” in 2009-10. Of the nearly 70 groups Antonucci lists here’s an alphabetically-sorted sample:

  • ACORN ($22,770)
  • The American Prospect ($100,000)
  • Clergy Strategic Alliances ($96,485)
  • Economic Policy Institute ($356,522)
  • Health Care for America Now! ($100,000)
  • NAACP ($81,500)
  • National Council of La Raza ($32,000)
  • National Labor College ($246,470): Bet you didn’t even know such a thing existed, but maybe it’s like that insurance company university
  • Rainbow PUSH Coalition ($25,000)
  • Working America ($200,000)

Still, the AFT’s $2.6 million in 2009-10 advocacy group spending pales next to the $13 million dished out by the National Education Association.

For more on how NEA and AFT spends Colorado members’ money, and to find the data yourself, check out our handy link.

3 Responses to “From ACORN to Working America: AFT Spends $2.6 Million in 2009-10 Dues on Advocacy Groups”

  1. lynne Says:

    let’s also see a total and honest accounting of where all the Koch brothers’ industries political contributions go and oh BIG OIL — Wall street firms — US CHamber of Commerce (just to name a few)/// the advocacy groups mentioned here are a micro-drop in the bucket compared with how much money and influence big business is swinging around so perhaps you would like to focus on great education through treating teachers an students brilliantly–you get what you give! Take care of the middle class and they will take care of you–cheat them out of a decent wage for their work (like teaching America’s youth) and it won’t be pretty–you don’t want to see the world where teachers are scarcely trained temps…ala Teach for America

  2. bdegrow Says:

    Lynne, you may want to re-check your numbers and your conspiracy theories — oh, and the research about Teach for America. Wouldn’t even know where to begin….

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