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.

Click here for an alphabetic list of the 164 recipients of NEA’s contributions, with relevant web links. All of these donations were paid for with members’ dues money (the union’s federal PAC is a separate entity funded through voluntary means).

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