Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Supreme Court dents Democratic Party slush fund as high court rules unions can't force non-members to pay

The hits just keep on coming from the new majority conservative Supreme Court since on June 27, the judicial body ruled that stats and unions can no longer force non-members to have to pay dues or fees if they so choose.

Long believed to be more of a Democratic Party slush fund since a study showed that 99% of member dues actually went to liberal politicians and causes rather than supporting the union activities, this ruling will have a serious affect on lobbying, campaign contributions, and activist organizations.

An exhaustive new study from the Center for Union Facts (CUF) crunched the numbers on union political spending, tracking down where members’ dues ended up. Nearly $140 million — about 99 percent of all union political contributions — went to Democrats and liberal causes, the study found. 
“I believe what this illustrates is that union members have very little control over their own dues money, which is supposed to be for collective bargaining — but a whole lot of it is going to political causes and political advocacy,” says Richard Berman, executive director of CUF. 
Planned Parenthood and its advocacy nonprofit received $435,000 in 2014 from unions spending their members’ dues. Most of it came from the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, CUF says.
In 2014, major unions also gave more than $680,000 to Al Sharpton’s tax-indebted nonprofit, the National Action Network, and more than $108,000 to Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow/PUSH Coalition. – National Review
Besides using the majority of their dues/fees for political reasons, a large number of unions are also being scrutinized for mishandling billions of dollars in pension contributions, which have made union sponsored retirement programs extraordinarily underfunded.

As we come into the home stretch of the 2018 mid-term elections, an already underfunded Democratic Party just got hit with a sledgehammer of a ruling which will definitely hurt their campaign spending dreams, and balance sheet bottom lines.


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