Labor Union Political Committees Contribute Heavily in March
The political committees of several national labor organizations moved large amounts of political contributions to federal candidates and committees during March, according to early reports.
The American Federation of Teachers AFL-CIO Committee on Political Education reported contributing $898,000 to federal candidates and committees. This included $250,000 to the Senate Majority PAC, a super PAC, and $100,000 to the House Majority PAC, another super PAC. They also made a non-federal contribution of $300,000 to the Democratic Governors Association.
The Carpenters Legislative Improvement Committee, United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners reported contributing $336,000 in March.
D.R.I.V.E., the PAC of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters , reported it gave $269,000 to federal candidates and committees. In non-federal contributions, they gave $200,000 to the Democratic Governors Association, and $200,000 to the Democratic Attorneys General Association.
In other early filings for March, Verizon Communications Inc. PAC gave $305,000 to federal candidates and committees. Raytheon Company PAC contributed $255,000. Wal-Mart Stores Inc PAC for Responsible Government gave $224,000. The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America PAC gave $222,500. Lockheed Martin Corporation PAC gave $213,000, The Wine & Spirits Wholesalers PAC gave $205,740. Microsoft Corporation PAC gave $203,000.
Monthly PAC and party committee reports are due on April 20th.