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It is no surprise that the majority of the unions, including the AFL-CIO, have decided to back President Obama in his bid for re-election. But what is a surprise is what at least one union is willing to do in order to 'put their money where their mouth is."
According to an article in the Communist Party USA News, People's World, the AFL-CIO has decided to create a "Super Political Action Committee(PAC)" so that they can spen "Unlimited Amounts of Money" on Obama's re-election:
"Despite a decision by twelve building trades unions and the Machinists that they will not send delegates to the Democratic National Convention, next year in Charlotte, N.C., indications are that the labor movement has no intention of abandoning President Obama's reelection effort....
...Regardless of the controversy about the convention site, large unions that are part of the AFL-CIO have already come out for President Obama's reelection effort....
....The AFL-CIO's executive committee approved creation last month of a "super-PAC" that will be allowed to raise and spend unlimited amounts of money. Thus far the AFL-CIO has been limited by election law to contacting only its members, but with the super-PAC, it can bring its message to non-union voters as well.
Podhorzer says the new approach is part of a strategy to put more emphasis on issues of importance to labor and help the labor movement expand outreach. "It is not meant to compete with Karl Rove and raise hundreds of millions of dollars," he said.
Some believe the decision by the buildings trades unions will send a message to Democrats that they should not take labor support for granted. They don't think sending the message will hurt the chances of the president's campaign and almost everyone expects a big push by the AFL-CIO next year to reelect the president."
As if it isn't bad enough that Richard Trumka, the AFL-CIO President, calls Obama everyday, and now the AFL-CIO is going to be able to spend "unlimited" amounts of money on Obama's re-election through this "Super-PAC".
So At what point does a group of people become a "Special Interest" to the President?
Is it the Daily Phone Calls? Or the Unlimited Amount of Money?