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    Why is my money being spent for this?

    I agree with nothing they stand for, but yet tax payer money is spent for it.
    Top US public employee union AFSCME gave $65M in 2014, mostly to Democrats, progressive groups | Fox News
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    AFSCME gets its revenue from taxpayers so its donations are essentially indirect support for Democratic politicians, political activist groups and bigger government.

    more than $1 million in donations to political nonprofits as Contributions, Gifts and Grants, with $126,500 going to MSNBC host Al Sharpton’s National Action Network.

    $4.3 million contribution to the Democratic Governors Association

    tens of millions of dollars in contributions to progressive advocacy groups including Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the Center for American Progress and National Council of La Raza, the Illegal immigrant advocacy group.

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    mtnref, in our Democratic Republic, there will always be money spent by someone who didn't agree with where it was spent. For instance, no one asked me if I wanted to fund the war in Iraq, but fund it I did.

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    I'd like details on how it's taxpayer funded and to what extent. I don't believe it would be much. Just because it's public employees doesn't mean it's taxpayer dollars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockmom View Post
    mtnref, in our Democratic Republic, there will always be money spent by someone who didn't agree with where it was spent. For instance, no one asked me if I wanted to fund the war in Iraq, but fund it I did.
    It's not that stuff like the war, it's Dems giving money to Dems to protest and giving to racist groups like Sharpton. Dems giving money to Dems to run for office with my money is not right and it don't matter what party it is

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountain ref View Post
    It's not that stuff like the war, it's Dems giving money to Dems to protest and giving to racist groups like Sharpton. Dems giving money to Dems to run for office with my money is not right and it don't matter what party it is
    I'm not arguing for the sake of it MTN Ref, but is this illegal? Like how that Schock guy resigned due to using taxpayer money to live the lavish life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountain ref View Post
    I agree with nothing they stand for, but yet tax payer money is spent for it.
    Top US public employee union AFSCME gave $65M in 2014, mostly to Democrats, progressive groups | Fox News
    What's the news here? Didn't the Supreme Court in Citizens United pretty much say that both unions and corporations can spend whatever they want wherever they want to advance their causes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twotoplace View Post
    What's the news here? Didn't the Supreme Court in Citizens United pretty much say that both unions and corporations can spend whatever they want wherever they want to advance their causes?
    I think Mtnref's issue is taxpayer dollars being used. I am still trying to figure out if they were. I would imagine the dollars come from dues which means there is nothing wrong at all with them spending whatever the members are ok with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 75center View Post
    I think Mtnref's issue is taxpayer dollars being used. I am still trying to figure out if they were. I would imagine the dollars come from dues which means there is nothing wrong at all with them spending whatever the members are ok with.
    AFSCME has been around since 1932. One would assume that the union has always donated in ways that would benefit members. That's what unions are supposed to do. Has something recently changed that would prompt Fox to spotlight how AFSCME spends its money?

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    I'm not sure on the rules but whatever it is I think it's dumb. Use it for something better like homeless, aid to poor in poverty counties, the Vets and their rehab.

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    I say good. Those poor Democrats and progressives need all the help they can get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountain ref View Post
    I'm not sure on the rules but whatever it is I think it's dumb. Use it for something better like homeless, aid to poor in poverty counties, the Vets and their rehab.
    Unions exist to help members, not non-members. Also, as everyone knows, numerous corporations also donate heavily to political campaigns and causes. Some of these corporations derive their income almost exclusively through government contracts -- taxpayer money, as you put it.

    So I would assume that if one finds union spending patterns objectionable, the same argument could be made for big corporations. Right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountain ref View Post
    I'm not sure on the rules but whatever it is I think it's dumb. Use it for something better like homeless, aid to poor in poverty counties, the Vets and their rehab.
    Interesting....I read something the other day about the $700K that was raised in days for the pizza joint owner in Indiana. Meanwhile, individual donations of $$$ to food banks and such are only a fraction of that in a year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twotoplace View Post
    Unions exist to help members, not non-members. Also, as everyone knows, numerous corporations also donate heavily to political campaigns and causes. Some of these corporations derive their income almost exclusively through government contracts -- taxpayer money, as you put it.

    So I would assume that if one finds union spending patterns objectionable, the same argument could be made for big corporations. Right?
    I don't like it when any employer or union takes money from its employees and donates it to political causes - democrat or republican. I used to work for a company that strongly encouraged (ie: coerced) its officers to donate to Bankpac, a group that donated to primarily republican causes. Even though I typically vote republican, I did NOT like that concept of giving them my money. If I want to donate to republican or right wing cause, I want to do it myself. If I was a union worker, I would think the same way when dues are being funneled to democrats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockmom View Post
    Interesting....I read something the other day about the $700K that was raised in days for the pizza joint owner in Indiana. Meanwhile, individual donations of $$$ to food banks and such are only a fraction of that in a year.
    Not sure I understand the comparison Mom. What or who people donate to DIRECTLY is their own business. I don't care if anyone donates to any cause. I don't like companies or unions taking their money and then donating it to whatever cause or party they like.

    And BTW, I think individual donations of money to food banks far exceeds $700k per year.

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