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January 11, 2010

1) EIA Exclusive: NEA Gave Almost $26 Million to Advocacy Groups. An Education Intelligence Agency analysis of NEA's financial disclosure report for the 2008-09 fiscal year reveals the national union contributed almost $26 million to a wide variety of advocacy groups and charities. The total more than doubles the amount disbursed in the previous year.

The expenditures fall into broad categories of community outreach grants, charitable contributions, and payments for services rendered. In this list, EIA has deliberately omitted spending such as media buys, or payments to pollsters or consultants that have no obvious ideological component. The grants range from $3.6 million to Protect Colorado's Future, a coalition created to defeat three ballot initiatives in 2008, down to smaller grants to organizations such as the Children's Defense Fund, FairTest, MediaMatters, and People for the American Way.

Here is an alphabetic list of the 164 recipients of NEA'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):

A Smarter Colorado - $87,000

ActionAid UK - $5,000

All Stars Helping Kids - $5,000

Alliance for Justice - $7,000

Alliance to Protect the Illinois Constitution - $200,000

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity - $25,000

America Votes - $150,000

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education - $252,262

American Council on Education - $10,000

American Friends of the Yitzhak Rabin Center - $5,000

American Rights at Work - $360,000

Americans United for Change - $250,000

Amnesty International - $7,500

APIAVote - $10,000

Arabella Legacy Fund (New Venture Fund) - $25,000

Arizona State University Office for Research & Sponsored Projects Administration - $250,000

Asian American Justice Center - $5,000

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund - $16,000

Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies - $5,000

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance - $5,000

ASPIRA Association - $5,000

Bell Policy Center - $40,000

Black Entertainment Television - $50,000

Boys & Girls Club of the Gulf Coast - $11,000

Campaign for America's Future - $25,000

Center for American Progress - $110,000

Center for Community Change - $10,000

Center for Economic Organizing - $44,000

Center for Law and Education - $50,000

Center for Teaching Quality - $205,814

Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association - $50,000

Children's Defense Fund - $5,000

Citizen Action of Wisconsin - $200,000

Citizens Who Support Maine's Public Schools - $350,000

Coalition for Our Communities - $750,000

Coloradans for Middle Class Relief - $1.6 million

Committee for the Advancement of Education in Nevada - $175,000

Committee for Education Funding - $31,325

Communities for Quality Education - $1 million

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. - $65,800

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute - $100,000

Council of Chief State School Officers - $50,000

Council of State Governments - $12,000

Defend Oregon - $3 million

Democracia USA - $150,000

Democratic GAIN - $10,000

Democratic Leadership Council - $25,000

Demos - $5,000

Economic Policy Institute - $250,000

Educational Policy Institute - $5,000

Educator Compensation Institute - $25,000

Employee Benefit Research Institute - $7,500

Everybody Wins DC - $7,100

FairDistrictsFlorida.org - $100,000

FairTest - $150,000

Ford's Theatre - $15,000

Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network - $157,500

George Washington Institute of Public Policy - $60,000

Georgia STAND-UP - $25,000

Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice - $250,000

Harvard Labor and Worklife Program - $5,000

Health Care for America Now! - $450,000

Heifer International - $8,400

HEROS, Inc. - $143,175

Hip Hop Caucus - $5,000

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities - $10,000

HOPE - $340,000

Human Rights Campaign - $15,000

Institute for Collaborative Leadership - $35,000

Japanese American Citizens League - $20,000

Jobs for America's Graduates - $5,000

Jobs with Justice - $18,000

Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies - $10,000

Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy - $5,500

Junior League of Raleigh - $15,000

KnowledgeWorks Foundation - $200,000

Labor-Religion Coalition of New York State - $5,000

Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law - $60,000

Leadership Conference on Civil Rights - $10,000

Learning First Alliance - $56,475

League of United Latin American Citizens - $5,000

Library of Congress - $29,883

Mana - $5,000

MediaMatters - $100,000

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund - $30,000

Midwest Academy - $5,000

NAACP - $55,000

NAACP National Voter Fund - $200,000

National Action Network - $10,000

National Association for Asian and Pacific American Education - $5,000

National Association for Bilingual Education - $7,500

National Association for the Education and Advancement of Cambodian, Laotian, and Vietnamese Americans - $5,000

National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education - $10,000

National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Education Fund - $5,000

National Black Caucus of State Legislators - $35,500

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards - $18,835

National Coalition for Technology in Education and Training - $25,000

National Coalition on Black Civic Participation - $10,000

National Coalition on Health Care - $275,000

National Conference of State Legislatures - $9,009

National Congress of American Indians - $10,000

National Consumers League - $5,000

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education - $491,922

National Council of La Raza - $11,200

National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators - $25,000

National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts - $10,000

National Immigration Law Center - $15,000

National Indian Education Association - $16,950

National Korean American Service & Education Consortium - $15,000

National Latino Children's Institute - $10,000

National Parent Teachers Association - $5,000

National Partnership for Women and Families - $5,000

National Puerto Rican Coalition - $10,000

National Staff Development Council - $25,000

National Women's Law Center - $10,000

New Democratic Network - $25,000

No on 10 - $750,000

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry - $6,067

Organization of Chinese Americans - $5,000

Organizations Concerned About Rural Education - $5,000

Our Oregon - $25,000

Pacific Science Center Foundation - $5,085

Parent Teacher Home Visit Project - $84,000

Partnership for 21st Century Skills - $71,000

People for the American Way - $165,000

Progress Action Center - $100,000

Progressive Americans - $50,000

Project New West - $261,800

Protect Colorado's Future - $3.6 million

Public Agenda Foundation - $17,500

Public Campaign Action Fund - $50,000

Public Education Defense Fund - $2 million

Rebuild America's Schools - $20,000

Republican Main Street Partnership - $51,404

Ripon Society - $15,000

Ruby Bridges Foundation - $10,000

Sacramento Street Partners - $63,275

SAFE - $450,000

Schott Foundation for Public Education - $30,000

Southeast Asia Resource Action Center - $10,000

Sierra Club - $150,000

Smithsonian Institution National Museum of the American Indian - $5,000

Task Force Foundation - $15,000

Teaching for Change - $8,000

Texas Southern University - $12,500

Todos: Mathematics for All - $15,000

Tribal Education Departments National Assembly - $5,000

United South & Eastern Tribes - $5,000

U.S. Action - $203,000

U.S. Conference of Mayors - $15,000

U.S. Fund for UNICEF - $5,000

U.S. Global Leadership Campaign - $10,000

U.S. Green Building Council - $5,000

U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute - $65,000

Vermont Workers Center - $15,000

Vote No: Protect Our Constitution - $300,000

Vote No on Question B - $10,000

Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation - $159,367

Wellesley Centers for Women - $15,392

Will Steger Foundation - $10,050

Working America - $200,000

World Outgames - $5,062

Yes on 1A and 1B - $3 million

Zimbabwe Teachers Association - $10,000

Many of the largest donations from NEA headquarters went to state ballot initiative groups, but these do not constitute the sum total of the national union's spending on state political measures. In fiscal year 2008-09, NEA sent an additional $4.5 million to several state affiliates for the specific purpose of passing or defeating ballot initiatives or legislative measures. These grants went to:

Alabama Education Association - $304,969

Arizona Education Association - $813,326

Delaware State Education Association - $40,000

Georgia Association of Educators - $48,000

Hawaii State Teachers Association - $538,144

Idaho Education Association - $72,000

Illinois Education Association - $153,045

Kentucky Education Association - $201,500

NEA New Hampshire - $69,087

NEA Rhode Island - $50,000

Nevada State Education Association - $106,671

North Carolina Association of Educators - $30,000

North Dakota Education Association - $307,164

Ohio Education Association - $275,000

Oklahoma Education Association - $42,529

Oregon Education Association - $1 million

Pennsylvania State Education Association - $300,000

South Carolina Education Association - $69,250

Texas State Teachers Association - $100,000

In some cases, this spending was augmented by funds raised within the state affiliates.

All of these figures were culled from NEA's disclosure report for the U.S. Department of Labor. NEA and other major unions have lobbied the Obama administration to eliminate these detailed disclosures and return to the previous report, which required only a total amount spent on "contributions, gifts, and grants" without any itemization.

2)  Last Week's Intercepts. EIA's blog, Intercepts, covered these topics from January 4-11:

*  Union President Calls Parents "Lynch Mobs." A clever guy would have claimed a typo: "I meant to write 'lunch mobs!'"

A Cure for Marty Hittelman's Cognitive Dissonance. All better now.

Failing to Make Adequate Yearly Progress on the Laugh Test. Who's driving the turnip truck?

Court Rules Charter Operators Not "State Actors." Not the end of this.

Charters and Unions. Alexander Russo with an update.

Help Out Ballotpedia with Info. Know of databases of local school bond and levy votes?

*  Art Clokey, R.I.P. If you've got a heart, then Gumby's a part of you.

3) Scheduling Note. The next EIA Communiqué will appear on Tuesday, January 19.

   

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