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May 27, 2010 / J. Shaw

Unions — The OTHER Democratic National Committee

By Bradley Blakeman, FOXN

Unions have made no bones about their upcoming involvement in the midterm elections of 2010.
In short, unions are scared to death that they will lose their grip on their control of the House and the Senate unless they spend tens of millions of dollars and force their members to campaign for Democratic incumbents.

Unions have been able to run the table when it comes to getting what they want from the White House, Majority Leader Harry Reid and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

This is what President Obama recently said to a gathering of big labor, “I do not view the labor movement as part of the problem,” he adds. “To me, and to my administration, labor unions are a big part of the solution.”The president and the leadership of the Democratic Party has heaped great praise on unions for helping pass the over 700 billion dollar stimulus bill, the auto industry bailouts and most recently health care. Democrats believe that they could not have “accomplished” these efforts without the help of unions.

Now unions are fearful that their “gravy train’ could be derailed by the midterms and they are gearing up to influence elections nationwide in a way that may eclipse the efforts of individual candidates or even the Democratic National Committee.

Unions have made no secret that they plan to spend $100 million dollars to keep Democratic incumbents in office in 2010. In addition, they plan to use hundreds of thousands of man-hours with their members “campaigning ” and “organizing” in key election districts all across America.



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