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AFT Donated $6 Million to Advocacy Groups

Written By: Mike Antonucci - Feb• 11•13

February 11, 2013

1) AFT Donated $6 Million to Advocacy Groups. An Education Intelligence Agency analysis of AFT’s financial disclosure report for the 2011-12 fiscal year reveals the national union contributed $6 million to advocacy groups and charities.

A $1.2 million donation to Californians Working Together, the group formed to support Prop 30, the tax increase ballot initiative, was the national union’s largest single contribution. A host of special interest groups, charities and religious organizations also received money from AFT, including the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, the Economic Policy Institute, and the University of Colorado National Education Policy Center.

These figures do not include grants and contributions made to other unions (such as Colorado WINS) or union coalitions such as the AFL-CIO. For example, AFT contributed $1,150,000 to the AFL-CIO’s State Unity Fund.

Here is an alphabetic list of the recipients of AFT’s contributions, with relevant web links. All of these were paid for with members’ dues money (the union’s federal PAC is a separate entity funded through voluntary means):

Alliance for a Better California 2012 – $500,000

Alliance for Retired Americans – $6,000

Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment – $25,364

America Votes – $5,000

America Works USA – $100,000

American Constitution Society – $5,000

American Friends of the Yitzhak Rabin Center – $10,000

American Labor Museum – $5,000

American Labor Studies Center – $5,000

The American Prospect – $200,000

American Rights at Work – $25,000

Annenberg Institute for School Reform – $41,333

A. Philip Randolph Institute – $5,000

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance – $10,550

Blue Green Alliance Foundation – $160,000

Brave New Foundation – $125,000

California Community Foundation – $24,000

Californians Working Together to Restore and Protect Public Schools, Universities and Public Safety – $1,200,000

Campaign for America’s Future – $10,000

Center for Citizenship Education (Mongolia) – $9,155

Center for Excellence in School Counseling and Leadership – $5,000

Center for Expansion of Language and Thinking – $5,000

Center for Tax and Budget Accountability – $100,000

Center for Teaching Quality – $10,000

Child Labor Coalition – $5,000

Citizens for Public Schools – $15,200

Citizens for Tax Justice – $15,000

Clergy Strategic Alliances – $96,000

Clinton Global Initiative – $250,000

Coalition of Black Trade Unionists – $5,000

Coalition of Labor Union Women – $6,000

Committee for Education Funding – $17,713

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. – $65,000

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute – $30,000

Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations – $25,000

Council on Competitiveness – $10,000

CTSP Haiti – $17,000

Economic Policy Institute – $230,000

Economic Research Institute – $5,943

Educating Maryland Kids – $100,000

Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate – $150,000

First Book – $15,178

Florida State Conference of the NAACP – $10,000

Freedom House – $10,000

Gamaliel Foundation – $60,000

Good Jobs First – $22,500

Healthy Schools Campaign – $12,000

Helmets to Hardhats – $7,000

Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities – $6,000

In the Life Media – $5,000

Institute for Women’s Policy Research – $5,000

Jewish Labor Committee – $10,300

Keystone Research Center – $15,000

The King Center – $5,000

Labor Council for Latin American Advancement – $20,000

Labor Project for Working Families – $50,000

Labor-Religion Coalition of New York State – $15,000

La MaMa – $5,000

Leadership Conference on Civil Rights – $50,000

League of United Latin American Citizens – $17,500

Learning First Alliance – $53,964

Learning Forward – $30,000

Little Rock Nine Foundation – $5,000

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice – $28,450

The Nation Institute – $10,000

National Alliance of Black School Educators – $25,000

NAACP – $10,875

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund – $20,000

National Association for Bilingual Education – $5,000

National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education – $15,000

National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund – $5,000

National Black Caucus of State Legislators – $5,000

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards – $10,000

National Coalition on Black Civic Participation – $7,500

National Conference of State Legislatures – $12,500

National Consumers League – $15,000

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education – $33,985

National Council of La Raza – $12,500

National Council of Negro Women – $5,000

National Democratic Institute – $25,000

National Labor College – $299,749

National Public Pension Coalition – $135,000

National Urban League – $5,020

Netroots Nation – $30,000

Network Education Program – $5,000

New York City Parents Union – $5,000

Ohio Unity Coalition – $7,350

Organizers in the Land of Enchantment – $24,619

OpenPlans – $10,000

Parent Teacher Home Visit Project – $46,665

The Peggy Browning Fund – $5,000

Policy Matters Ohio – $25,000

Pride at Work – $5,000

Progressive National Baptist Convention – $10,000

Rainbow PUSH Coalition – $50,000

Rebuild America’s Schools – $30,000

Save the Children – $10,000

Schott Foundation for Public Education – $10,000

Thomas B. Fordham Institute – $10,000

TransAfrica – $10,000

United States Student Association – $22,501

United Students Against Sweatshops – $5,000

United Way of the National Capital Area – $15,000

University of Colorado National Education Policy Center – $35,000

University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability – $25,000

Urban Farming Inc. – $5,000

U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute – $10,000

Vermont Medical Response Team – $5,000

We Are Ohio – $209,230

WNET.org – $150,000

Working America – $505,000

2)  Last Week’s Intercepts. EIA’s blog, Intercepts, covered these topics from February 5-11:

*  Thunderclap Augurs New Deals Between NEA, AFT, SEIU & AFSCME. Closing ranks.

Are You a Union Member or a Lease? A community of workers. The way East Berlin was.

District Bullies Steal Kids’ Lunch Money. Those lawn sprinklers weren’t to help lunch vegetables grow.

Vermont Teacher on Agency Fees. Fair share.

Arne Duncan One-on-One with Usain Bolt? Out of their element.

3) Scheduling Note. The EIA Communiqué will be on a break until Monday, March 4. Daily updates will still appear on Intercepts.

4) Quote of the Week. “Since a teacher’s working conditions are a child’s learning conditions, attacking teachers is the same as attacking children.” – Randy Mousley, president of United Teachers of Wichita. (February 9 Wichita Eagle)

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