The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees voted Tuesday to officially endorse President Obama in the 2012 election.
Union officials have already said they planned to spend upwards of $100 million to help Obama win reelection, so the endorsement itself is not a surprise.
AFSCME officials said their ground-level organization in several presidential battleground states is finely-tuned following battles over public-sector worker bargaining rights in Ohio and Wisconsin.
Tuesday’s vote was so important to Obama’s team that campaign manager Jim Messina attended the meeting. He told the AFSCME board the union’s backing “demonstrates that its workers know President Obama is the only one willing to make the hard choices.”
In 2008, unions spent an estimated $1 billion in both hard dollar donations, as well as ‘educational outreach’ and GOTV operations. During the 2008 and 2010 election cycles, according to the National Institute for Labor Relations Research, unions spent $2.2 billion.
For those of you who are Constitution-loving Americans, with that much union money going to buy the White House again, you need to become more engaged…now.
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