NEA Sets Aside $10 Million for 2014 Elections

posted at 9:21 am on May 28, 2014 by Mike Antonucci

The National Education Association has designated $10 million from member dues contributions for the 2014 general election, an increase of $2 million from 2012.

The money will be used for a variety of political activities in states designated by NEA’s leadership as important battlegrounds, presumably to help Democrats retain control of the Senate, and for targeted House races. These activities are generally described as “communication to the public around candidates and issues.”

Since it is dues money, it cannot be donated to political candidates or their parties, nor can its use be coordinated with political candidates or their parties. Direct campaign contributions are limited to voluntary payments from members to the union’s political action committee.

Though we can expect NEA to independently use the bulk of the money to promote its education agenda, it may coordinate and partner with other labor unions on broader public policy issues.


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Speaking of elections, I wonder why HA hasn’t covered yesterday’s Tea Party primary wins in Texas?

xblade on May 28, 2014 at 5:37 AM

Teacher lesson #1
Question: How do you become a good American socialist class?
Answer: Join the NEA.

Why do supposedly smart teachers belong to a union which support the slaughter of their future clients?

Don L on May 28, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Bishop or something?

Don L on May 28, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Aren’t these the same activities that were blocked by the IRS?

Maybe the House should investigate. Oh wait, a weasely RINO is in charge.

faraway on May 28, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Big money in education has ruined it.

Beware the government education complex.

Murphy9 on May 28, 2014 at 9:32 AM

UNIONS ARE NOT PEOPLE!!!

(wait, no one is saying that? wonder why…)

crrr6 on May 28, 2014 at 9:32 AM

But… But… The Koch brothers!!!

ptcamn on May 28, 2014 at 9:34 AM

Look at the slogan on the banner: “ADVOCATING FOR ALL EDUCATION PROFESSIONALS”. In other words, not for the children.

Ward Cleaver on May 28, 2014 at 9:36 AM

And remember that it is wrong to attack teachers!

JQA on May 28, 2014 at 9:37 AM

targeted House races

Dinos everywhere are shaking in their boots, to be sure.

WryTrvllr on May 28, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Koch Koch Koch squawk squawk Koch dirty money dirty money Koch

-Your Senate Majority Leader and Public Service Multi-Millionaire Harry Reid (Pederast – NV)

motionview on May 28, 2014 at 9:43 AM

It’s for the children, you rubes.

Rix on May 28, 2014 at 9:43 AM

If You Think Education Is Expensive….(now you know why)

WryTrvllr on May 28, 2014 at 9:49 AM

-Your Senate Majority Leader and Public Service Multi-Millionaire Harry Reid (Pederast – NV)

motionview on May 28, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Allegedly…

JohnGalt23 on May 28, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Wouldn’t it be better if they gave this $10 million to the teachers as bonuses?

Why do they hate teachers?

faraway on May 28, 2014 at 9:50 AM

So just whom does the Department of Education educate?

Galtian on May 28, 2014 at 9:56 AM

-Your Senate Majority Leader and Public Service Multi-Millionaire Harry Reid (Pederast – NV)

motionview on May 28, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Allegedly…

JohnGalt23 on May 28, 2014 at 9:49 AM

He never denied it.

Rix on May 28, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Glad I left the union.

David on May 28, 2014 at 10:00 AM

It won’t help. This is the year of the tea party. 2010 was just a warm-up.

platypus on May 28, 2014 at 10:02 AM

________________________________________

Democrats mostly do NOT want to run
on their signature achievements.

More than 6 years control of the Senate
and the Democrats don’t want to brag
about their signature achievements ?
________________________________________

Democrats want to “portray Republicans as
uncaring toward working-class Americans”
in the 2014 campaign. So what’s new?

Everyone knows if you don’t have a record
or an affirmative message to run on,
you have to go negative.
It is not a good sign for the Democrats.

No one needs any research to know that
health care will be a defining issue
of the 2014 campaign.

The only thing worse for the Democrats
than Obamacare is our economy,
and it’s easy to link the two.

Democrats’ high-priced campaign research
tells them to go negative, make shallow and
deceitful allegations about Republicans.

________________________________________

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2014/05/23/the-insiders-democrats-research-revealed-go-negative//?print=1

________________________________________

Research done by Dems shows that
if a President has poll numbers
in the low 40′s he is not popular
with the majority of Americans.

Further research shows
most of those who are in favor of him
are out of touch with reality.

Gotta love research.

( Comment by AllDone )
________________________________________

Global HAWK on May 28, 2014 at 10:41 AM

So just whom does the Department of Education educate?

Galtian on May 28, 2014 at 9:56 AM

The common core…

Willys on May 28, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Public schools have become nothing more than teacher job programs. They exist for the adults, not the children. Go to a local school district board meeting sometime. 90% of the time, they talk about everything other than actual education or the students.

Techster64 on May 28, 2014 at 10:51 AM

The actual teachers are going to be wishing their dues had gone into shoring up their pension funds instead of supporting Leftocrat politicians when they find the piggy bank is empty. If the DOE’s disappeared tomorrow would we notice?

iamsaved on May 28, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Another reason why I do not teach anymore – UNIONS. They need to be removed and why should a teacher not declare that their dues NOT be used for political ends. We do not need unions in today’s world because they have long since stopped being the unions my father fought for. The unions today are big business and hateful.

Roselle on May 28, 2014 at 10:56 AM

That $10 million could go a long way in funding pensions, health care, or other earned benefits.

DAT60A3 on May 28, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Look at the slogan on the banner: “ADVOCATING FOR ALL EDUCATION PROFESSIONALS”. In other words, not for the children.

Ward Cleaver on May 28, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Never forget the words of Albert Shanker, “When schoolchildren start paying union dues, that’s when I’ll start representing the interests of school children”.

formwiz on May 28, 2014 at 11:08 AM

See the NEA use $10 million on the elections.
Spend, spend, spend.
Read their message.
Vote Democrat.
Vote Democrat.
Vote Democrat.

albill on May 28, 2014 at 11:57 AM

coolpubica will rant on “how little money is spent on educating black childrens”.

Schadenfreude on May 28, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Any idea which races they might be targeting with these funds?

lineholder on May 28, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Speaking of elections, I wonder why HA hasn’t covered yesterday’s Tea Party primary wins in Texas?

xblade on May 28, 2014 at 5:37 AM

Haven’t you heard? The TEA party is dead.

Well, mostly dead.

trigon on May 28, 2014 at 3:19 PM

Look at the slogan on the banner: “ADVOCATING FOR ALL EDUCATION PROFESSIONALS”. In other words, not for the children.

Ward Cleaver on May 28, 2014 at 9:36 AM

The job of any union is to advocate for their members…not that most of them really do, at least at the national levels.

At any rate, the PTA and parents are supposed to advocate for the children…but then that implies that teachers are out to get their children…then we have a whole slew of protections built in where it becomes harder for them to teach and have expectations of real learning…and harder to maintain discipline…and everyone’s special and deserves an award…and everyone on the team should start-in other words, unintended consequences.

Also, many here have often accused the teachers unions of somehow being able to control what is going on (or not going on as the case may be) in the schools…curriculum and so on. But here we have a quote which seems to maintain that the unions should have something to do with fixing the education problem? Which is it? Can’t be both.

You could dissolve these unions tomorrow with a magic wand, and Americans at large will still be ignorant, the schools that suck now will suck next year, teachers will still be laid off, and the Democrats will still have tons of money to campaign with.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 28, 2014 at 4:27 PM