We also have to address the unaccountable dark money in politics. I think the Supreme Court made a grave error with its Citizens United decision. And I will do everything I can do to appoint Supreme Court Justices who will protect the right to vote and not the right of billionaires to buy elections.
– Hillary Clinton, responding to an American Federation of Teachers candidate questionnaire
We… are hopeful of a day when the Building Trades and its members are afforded greater labor family consideration for their economic well-being before we attempt to repackage ourselves for newfound activist billionaire friends who have an agenda which is far different than ours.
– from a May 16 letter to AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka signed by the executives of the federation’s building trade unions
We object to the political agenda of the AFL-CIO being sold to a job-killing hedge fund manager with a bag of cash.
– from a May 16 letter to AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka from Laborers International Union of North American general president Terry O’Sullivan
The letters were written in response to the formation of a SuperPAC called For Our Future financed by the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, NEA, AFT, and environmental activist Thomas Steyer, who made his billions as a hedge fund manager. SuperPACs are political action committees whose existence and proliferation are largely due to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizen United decision. As reported by Politico, “All the unions involved in the new venture have endorsed Hillary Clinton.”