Unions are a crucial part of the Democratic Party base, but a Super PAC created by one of the country’s largest unions has no plans to throw its weight behind the Democrats or their candidates. Instead, they want to branch out further.
The AFL-CIO announced its philosophy and goals in a recent Politico blog post. According to AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler, their super PAC, Workers’ Voices, “isn’t about political parties or individual candidates. It’s going to be about building a new way for workers to connect and a new way to build relationships together.”
One of their chief priorities is to work against so-called voter protection efforts they say make it more difficult for voters to cast ballots, particularly in states like Florida. They are also hoping to organize meetings of workers across the country.
The PAC reported raising $3.7 million at the end of 2011. Nothing to sneeze at, but still a drop in the bucket compared to the money in Super PACs supporting the likes of Mitt Romney ($43.2 million through Feb. 29), Newt Gingrich ($18.9 million through Feb. 29), or even Barack Obama’s ($6.5 million through Feb. 29).
– Benjamin Nanamaker, InvestorPlace Money & Politics Editor
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