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Monday, December 19, 2005

Labor Department Forces NEA Disclosure of $25 Million in Political, Lobbying Activities

Teachers unions just represent the best interests of "the children," right? Well, maybe so if you think contributing millions to advance union, liberal and Democrat political causes, candidates and activism is good for your kids.

Mike Antonucci of the Education Intelligence Agency continues his analysis of the National Education Association's latest financial disclosures, as now mandated by the revised LM-2 report to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Antonucci reports the NEA acknowledges more than $25 million in spending on political and lobbying activities, but notes that there are also millions of teachers dues dollars going to help fund many of the most familiar and fashionable causes on the Left, few of which have anything at all to do with compensation and employment rights of public schools teachers.

Here's a list of such NEA contributions, as compiled by Antonucci from the LM-2:

Valis Associates: $200,000. This lobbying firm was hired by NEA for the particular purpose of outreach to the Republican Party.
AFSCME: $5,000
Amnesty International: $5,000
Aspira Association: $5,000
Center for Women Policy Studies: $5,000
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation: $39,940
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute: $35,000
Economic Policy Institute: $45,000
Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies: $10,000
MALDEF: $5,000
National Association for Bilingual Education: $5,000
National Council of La Raza: $7,900
National Women's Law Center: $5,000
National Alliance of Black School Educators: $30,000
Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Media Awards: $5,000
Leadership Conference on Civil Rights: $13,000
Center for Law and Education: $45,000
AIDS Walk Washington: $5,000
Human Rights Campaign: $15,000
HEROS, Inc.: $20,000
Everybody Wins! DC: $7,903
Rainbow PUSH Coalition: $5,000
United South and Eastern Tribes: $5,000
Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN): $5,000
Rebuild America's Schools: $20,000
The Ripon Society: $10,000
Learning First Alliance: $51,350
Food Research and Action Center: $5,000
LULAC: $5,000
The King Center: $10,000
Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute: $20,000
Gephardt Legacy Fund: $10,000
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association: $30,000
Democratic Leadership Council: $25,750
Wellstone Memorial Fund: $5,000

Antonucci is and has for years been way ahead of the mainstream media, as well as those of us in the Blogosphere, in tracking the political and other activities of the NEA and other teachers unions, which are among the most reliable allies of liberal and Democrat causes and candidates.

Go here for more details from Antonucci on the latest disclosure from NEA.