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Unions are getting ready to pour money into the 2012 elections. The AP's Sam Hananel reports that AFSCME is planning to spend at least $100 million, the SEIU will spend $85 million or more, and total union efforts will reach at least $400 million. While many of its affiliate unions, such as AFSCME, will spend heavily on advertising and candidates, the AFL-CIO will continue to focus on developing the infrastructure for year-round, grassroots mobilization.

Unions have already had to spend heavily on Ohio's Issue 2 and Wisconsin recall elections, both a prelude to the fight for survival unions will face if Republicans win big in 2012 again. They'll do whatever they can, though, because:

"People are digging deeper," said Larry Scanlon, political director of the country's largest public workers union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. "If Republicans take over the presidency, Congress and enough state legislatures, unions will be out of business, pure and simple."
That means unions will tap every source of funding they can find, and employ every strategy from advertising against Mitt Romney in the Republican primaries to intensive, in-person outreach to their members in the general election.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Wed Feb 22, 2012 at 09:45 AM PST.

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  •  Boots on the ground... (8+ / 0-)

    especially in potential flip House districts, in Mass to flip Sen seat, in Wisconsin to help Baldwin etc are vital.  

    Congress races need laser focus - that's where the GOP I believe are really focused.  Pres Obama can't do nothing if both Senate and House are GOP majorities.  

  •  I Like It.....Especially Since (5+ / 0-)
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    deepeco, nicolemm, mconvente, jennyp, Zadie

    Karl Rove & his American Crossroads group are expected to spend $250 MILLION.  The Koch brothers have already committed to spend $60 MILLION & got a pledge from their cronies at their latest convention to spend $100 MILLION.

    As undemocratic as Citizens United is, until it is gone.....we need to fight fire w/ fire.  Sorry....but that is our reality.

  •  That will match the Koch Brother's... (1+ / 0-)
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    total donation.  Can the 99 percenter's match the rest of the 1 percenter's?

    I was the youngest in my family growing up therefore I WAS the remote control.

  •  It will help (2+ / 0-)
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    Zadie, Glen The Plumber

    but sadly I suspect they'll be outspent 100 to 1.  Heck, there's a several people out there who I expect will spend almost that much by themselves, and sadly on the side of evil.

    Atheism is a religion like Abstinence is a sexual position. - Bill Maher, 2/3/2012

    by sleipner on Wed Feb 22, 2012 at 10:19:20 AM PST

  •  Playing the big money game (1+ / 0-)
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    is playing a game where your opponents hold the advantage.  That doesn't make sense.

    This money could be spent on organizing.  That would build strength that would operate both within politics and in the workplace. Money spent on ads (at best) helps win the battle at hand but builds no power.  And person to person contact is far more effective than ads both in terms of persuading people and getting out the vote.  

    The health of the labor movement does depend in part on who wins the presidential election. But it depends even more heavily on whether unions adopt strategies that have some chance of success.  

    The sad thing is that despite how essential the support of unions are for the Democrats success, labor / workers concerns will not be at the top of the agenda when the election is over. That doesn't mean that Republicans aren't worse - they are engaged in an all out assault to destroy unions (as they did ACORN, and as they continue to go after Planned Parenthood, to name just a few).  But given all that, Democrats tepid support (at best) of labor is truly troubling.  

    Politics is the art of the possible, but that means you have to think about changing what is possible, not that you have to accept it in perpetuity. @DavidKaib

    by David Kaib on Wed Feb 22, 2012 at 07:54:39 PM PST

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