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NEA Sets Aside $10 Million for 2014 Elections

Written By: Mike Antonucci - May• 27•14

May 27, 2014

NEA Sets Aside $10 Million for 2014 Elections. The National Education Association has designated $10 million from member dues contributions for the 2014 general election, an increase of $2 million from 2012.

The money will be used for a variety of political activities in states designated by NEA’s leadership as important battlegrounds, presumably to help Democrats retain control of the Senate, and for targeted House races. These activities are generally described as “communication to the public around candidates and issues.”

Since it is dues money, it cannot be donated to political candidates or their parties, nor can its use be coordinated with political candidates or their parties. Direct campaign contributions are limited to voluntary payments from members to the union’s political action committee.

Though we can expect NEA to independently use the bulk of the money to promote its education agenda, it may coordinate and partner with other labor unions on broader public policy issues.

Recent Intercepts. EIA’s daily blog, Intercepts, covered these topics May 20-27:

* NEA Looking to Dodge Pension Obligations? Defined benefit plans are a huge financial burden. Who knew?

* Barbara Madeloni on Good Teachers. Will the union let you fire a teacher for having a closed heart?

* NEA Sends $750K to Washington for Class Size Initiative. Mind the loopholes.

* Tennessee Education Association Will Ditch Dues Formula. A more reliable revenue stream.

* The Source. There’s no other way.

* Memorial Day. Origins.

Quote of the Week. “Without opposition, democracy withers. Politics, including union politics. is hollow, autocratic, or despotic in the absence of opposition.” – Gary Zabel, labor advocate. (May 23 Open Media Boston)

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