Unusual Route for Postal Workers Union Money

A federal PAC of a union has acted as a passthrough for $125,000 of union treasury funds to be used for independent expenditures by a Democratic super PAC.

The American Postal Workers Union Committee on Political Action reported it received $125,000 on June 12 from Wachovia Bank listed as a "transfer from Gen Treasury."  On the same day the PAC sent $125,000 to the House Majority PAC and listed it as a "contribution to independent expenditure committee."

In that report, covering April 1 to June 30, the PAC also reported giving out 100 contributions to federal candidates and committees totaling $304,500.

The PAC also received other union treasury funds in January when it reported receiving $326,490 on Jan. 2 from Wachovia Bank listed as "transfer from gen treasury to reimburse voter registration wages & expenses."

The American Postal Workers Union Committee on Political Action is listed with the Federal Election Commission as a nonconnected Hybrid PAC that maintains a separate noncontribution account. See FEC Statement on Carey v. FEC and reporting guidance for political committees that maintain a noncontribution account.

However, it is unclear how the American Postal Workers Union Committee on Political Action is considered a nonconnected political committee.