How NEA (and AFT) Spends Teacher Dues Money

The National Education Association receives a lot of attention for its reported spending on the financial disclosure reports with the U.S. Department of Labor. The Education Intelligence Agency’s analysis of the 2008-09 report showed that “the national union contributed almost $26 million to a wide variety of advocacy groups and charities” (click here to see the list). In 2010, the NEA also spent member dues on $1.9 million in independent expenditures by the National Education Association on radio and television ads attacking Colorado U.S. Senate candidate Ken Buck, among millions more similarly spent in other states.

The actual NEA report is long and cumbersome, but if you want to look at it yourself, here’s what you do:

  1. Go to on the U.S. Department of Labor website.
  2. Scroll down under “Union Reports and Constitutions and Bylaws” and follow the “Union Search” link.
  3. In the box next to “File Number,” type in “000-342″ and click the “Submit” button.
  4. Click on the link “2009 Report” under “Fiscal Year”.

You can do the same for the American Federation of Teachers. But for Step 3, enter “000-012″ in the box next to “File Number”.