NEA gave $15 Million to advocacy groups

posted at 6:41 pm on January 14, 2013 by Mike Antonucci

It’s no secret that the National Education Association is one of the most powerful interest groups in education and labor. What is less well-known is the extent that the union influences other areas of politics. An Education Intelligence Agency analysis of NEA’s financial disclosure report for the 2011-12 fiscal year reveals the national union contributed just under $15 million to a wide variety of advocacy groups and charities. The total was about $3.8 million lower than the previous year.

The expenditures fall into broad categories of community outreach grants, charitable contributions, and payments for services rendered. In this list, EIA has deliberately omitted spending such as media buys, or payments to pollsters or consultants that have no obvious ideological component. The grants range from $4,568,000 to We Are Ohio, down to smaller grants to organizations such as People for the American Way, Media Matters and Netroots Nation.

Here is an alphabetic list of the 94 recipients of NEA’s contributions, with relevant web links. All of these were paid for with members’ dues money (the union’s federal PAC is a separate entity funded through voluntary means):

AFL-CIO – $1.15 million

Alliance for Justice – $5,000

America Votes – $376,100

America Works – $250,000

American Bridge 21st Century – $200,000

American Constitution Society – $10,000

American Sustainable Business Council Action Fund – $15,000

Asian American Justice Center – $10,000

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance – $5,000

Be the Change – $100,000

Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs – $10,000

California Community Foundation – $6,000

Campaign for America’s Future – $20,000

Center for American Progress – $35,000

Center for Economic Organizing – $12,800

Center for Teacher Leadership – $63,178

Center for Teaching Quality – $120,767

Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association – $50,000

Citizens Helping Heroes – $10,000

Citizens for Tax Justice – $15,000

Committee for Charlotte 2012 – $250,000

Committee for Education Funding – $17,713

Committee on States – $25,000

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. – $70,000

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute – $55,000

Council of State Governments – $6,000

Daily Kos – $30,000

Democracy Alliance – $235,000

Democratic GAIN – $10,000

Economic Policy Institute – $250,000

Educating Maryland Kids – $200,000

Education Writers Association – $10,500

Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate – $200,000

Excelencia in Education – $10,000

Fair Districts Now – $478,000

Fair Elections Legal Network – $50,000

Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network – $7,500

Good Jobs First – $15,000

Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice – $250,000

Health Care for America Now! – $125,000

HEROS, Inc. – $100,000

Hip Hop Caucus Education Fund – $25,000

Idahoans for Responsible Education Reform – $1,042,000

Initiative for Responsible Investment – $5,000

Japanese American Citizens League – $5,000

Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy – $9,300

Kansas Values Institute – $49,950

Keep It Local North Dakota – $135,000

Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law – $25,000

Leadership Conference on Civil Rights – $5,000

Learning First Alliance – $91,200

Learning Forward – $25,000

Marylanders for Marriage Equality – $50,000

MediaMatters – $100,000

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund – $10,000

Montanans for Fiscal Accountability – $25,555

Moving South Dakota Forward – $225,000

NAACP – $11,000

National Action Network – $25,000

National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Education Fund – $5,000

National Black Justice Coalition – $20,000

National Coalition on Black Civic Participation – $5,000

National Conference of State Legislatures – $31,385

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education – $202,646

National Hispanic Leadership Institute – $25,000

National Public Pension Coalition – $135,000

National Women’s Law Center – $10,000

Netroots Nation – $15,000

New Hampshire Unity Table Fund – $50,000

Ohio Democratic Party – $150,000

Organizations Concerned About Rural Education – $5,000

Opportunity to Learn Action Fund – $300,000

Parent Teacher Home Visit Project – $58,353

Partnership for 21st Century Skills – $35,000

Patriot Majority PAC – $100,000

People for the American Way – $135,000

Progressive Majority – $50,284

Project Love Remember the Children Foundation – $250,000

Project New West – $140,000

Protect Maine Votes – $81,500

Public Education Defense Fund – $1 million

Quality Education and Jobs – $50,000

Republican Main Street Partnership – $25,000

Ripon Society – $10,000

Robert Russa Moton Museum – $50,000

SEIU – $15,333

Taxpayers in Support of Public Education – $30,000

TIDES Foundation – $100,000

University of Colorado Boulder Sponsored Project – $250,000

U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute – $100,000

Voces de la Frontera – $23,515

Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation – $166,666

We Are Ohio – $4,568,000

Wellstone Action – $30,586

Many of the largest donations from NEA headquarters went to state ballot initiative groups, but these do not constitute the sum total of the national union’s spending on state political measures.

For example, the national union sent millions of dollars directly to state affiliates to fund various activities, including $5 million to the California Teachers Association. Much of this money was also then directed to initiative campaigns.

All of these figures were culled from NEA’s disclosure report for the U.S. Department of Labor. To see the full report for yourself, follow this link, then type “000-342” in the File Number box at the top of the page.


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Why does any person let these monsters indoctrinate their chillrun?

tom daschle concerned on January 14, 2013 at 6:44 PM

…I’m in shock!….You?

KOOLAID2 on January 14, 2013 at 6:44 PM

“You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villany.”

squint on January 14, 2013 at 6:45 PM

…they forget the pedophilia groups?

KOOLAID2 on January 14, 2013 at 6:47 PM

Performance art.

Flange on January 14, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Note: The 100K to Tides is almost certainly laundered to groups which the NEA supports, but which might be, er, controversial if publicly disclosed.

Karl on January 14, 2013 at 6:58 PM

After they die out, we can re-settle the state. It’s really a very nice place.

trigon on January 14, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Problem is, they’re just swarming to other states to get busy #($_ing them up.

BigWyo on January 14, 2013 at 7:07 PM

…they forget the pedophilia groups?

KOOLAID2 on January 14, 2013 at 6:47 PM

no…the NEA was mentioned :) :)

dmacleo on January 14, 2013 at 7:09 PM

Much better than P!ss christ…but waaaaaay more expensive.

I call this a push…lol.

Tim_CA on January 14, 2013 at 7:13 PM

good. elections/consequences.

sesquipedalian on January 14, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Maytag is watching…if they could figure out how to build a washer like that, the market would be theirs.

teejk on January 14, 2013 at 7:20 PM

The cherry on that little shit sundae is the fact NEA dues are collected from public sector salaries. At least the groups I donate to are not squeezing it out of me.

arnold ziffel on January 14, 2013 at 7:21 PM

Positively obscene… my daughter is not even 3, and I have vowed that I will never let this scum befoul her mind… I don’t care if I have to work 20 hours a day.

PointnClick on January 14, 2013 at 7:28 PM

No money given to the NRA.

Rio Linda Refugee on January 14, 2013 at 7:28 PM

good. elections/consequences.

sesquipedalian on January 14, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Simplistic as is usual.

You’re not real bright.

CW on January 14, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Simplistic as is usual.

CW on January 14, 2013 at 7:29 PM

efficient.

sesquipedalian on January 14, 2013 at 7:32 PM

efficient.

sesquipedalian on January 14, 2013 at 7:32 PM

I made sure your presence was known on the Illusory jobs recovery thread. You can thank me later. Obama played you . What an idiot.

CW on January 14, 2013 at 7:35 PM

I made sure your presence was known on the Illusory jobs recovery thread.

CW on January 14, 2013 at 7:35 PM

?

sesquipedalian on January 14, 2013 at 7:47 PM

There are some good public school teachers, but the NEA is far more interested in politics than in education … if it is even interested in education at all.

bw222 on January 14, 2013 at 7:57 PM

Conservatives will be history unless they can roll back the government indoctrination of public schools and the Democrat funding infrastructure of their unions.

Where are our leaders on this issue?

Crickets.

It’s as though they have not a clue.

petefrt on January 14, 2013 at 8:35 PM

And this is different from any other member based political group how?
Republican or Democratic – they are all up for sale.

seabuzz on January 14, 2013 at 8:48 PM

good. elections/consequences.

sesquipedalian on January 14, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Another godless reprobate leftist demonstrating that they do not understand cause and effect.

tom daschle concerned on January 14, 2013 at 9:12 PM

There are some good public school teachers, but the NEA is far more interested in politics than in education … if it is even interested in education at all.

bw222 on January 14, 2013 at 7:57 PM

I graduated high school in 1975 (where’s my cane???)

I think the “movement” started a few years before that because I got a few “days off” for arguing with them. So say 1972…40 years of greed might take 40 years to undo, if we start now (Walker in Wisconsin got a head start).

teejk on January 14, 2013 at 9:55 PM

$15 million?

Don’t tell me teachers are underpaid.

locomotivebreath1901 on January 14, 2013 at 10:27 PM

Hey, looky! They spelled TEACHER correctly!

Well, I’ll be darned!!

Sherman1864 on January 15, 2013 at 5:31 AM

Can I have some dough? I will advocate for food!

Sherman1864 on January 15, 2013 at 5:32 AM

Funny how liberals hate big business but embrace the largest, most powerful, and monopolistic business of all—Unions.

right2bright on January 15, 2013 at 9:02 AM