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Trivia Tidbit Of The Day: Part 28 -- Political Action Committee (PAC) Money.

PAC MONEY-

Political Action Committees (PACs) have been hot topics in the news lately. Tom DeLay's political fundraising activities, for example, have been the subject of incessant inuendoes of illegality, perpetuated by the elite media and left-wing groups.

Let's take a look at the Top 10 PACs over the past decade and a half, and which side they favored (rounding causes percentages more than 100%):

1.
American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME)-

$35,744,681

Democrats: 98%
Republicans: 2%

AFSCME.gif

2.
National Association of Realtors-

$26,307,418

Democrats: 47%
Republicans: 54%

realtors.gif

3.
National Education Association-

$24,719,323

Democrats: 94%
Republicans: 6%

nea.gif

4.
Association of Trial Lawyers of America-

$24,263,666

Democrats: 89%
Republicans: 11%

triallawyers.gif

5.
Communications Workers of America-

$22,977,994

Democrats: 100%
Republicans: 0%

communicationsworkers.gif

6.
Service Employees International Union-

$22,973,725

Democrats: 98%
Republicans: 2%

serviceemployees.gif

7.
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers-

$22,559,480

Democrats: 98%
Republicans: 3%

electricalworkers.gif


8.
Laborers Union-

$22,025,207

Democrats: 93%
Republicans: 7%

laborers.gif

9.
American Medical Association-

$21,987,830

Democrats: 62%
Republicans: 39%

ama.gif

10.
Teamsters Union-

$21,883,792

Democrats: 93%
Republicans: 8%

teamsters.gif

Total-

$245,629,086

Democrats: $208,485,205 (85%)
Republicans: $37,143,881 (15%)


pacsbyparty.gif

Source:

OpenSecrets.org


It would be hard for anyone depending exclusively on the elite media to realize any of this; the impression one gets from watching, reading, and listening to the news is far different from the reality.

Of course, PACs have far less influence than 527s (with their few, mega-wealthy donors) now do, and even less than C4s will in the coming years. Still, they are important tools for like-minded individuals to express the collective political will. They are also a legitimate and necessary form of free speech.

However, let's just set the record straight, right here, right now, on which side benefits more from "big money" in politics: Democrats.


Previous trivia tidbits:

Part 1; Part 2; Part 3; Part 4; Part 5; Part 6; Part 7; Part 8; Part 9; Part 10; Part 11; Part 12; Part 13; Part 14; Part 15; Part 16; Part 17; Part 18; Part 19; Part 20; Part 21, Part 22; Part 23, Part 24, Part 25; Part 26; Part 27.

Daily Trivia Tidbits cover a wide range of topics; you never know what you might find. Stay tuned to WILLisms.com for more.

Posted by Will Franklin · 26 April 2005 08:27 AM

Comments

Those graphs are very interesting! If you listen to the media it makes conservative GOP sound like we are the Party with all the cash! They always try to make us appear liken we are trying to take food and education away from children, and that we are deep pocketed greedy vile people!

Posted by: Lisa at April 26, 2005 05:14 PM

Unions and Lawyers.

I think the Union members should have something to say about this. Yes nationwide Union membership is down to 10% of the workforce, but Public Employee Unions make up 50% of that Union membership.

If you are in a 'real' Union, as I am in the UFCW, you really should ask yourself if it serves your Union to have ZERO influence with the (R)'s.

Also... if you are in a 'real' Union, you really should ask yourself if the economy damaging taxes that support the Public Employee Unions are in your best interest.

Finally... if you are in a 'real' Union, you really should ask yourself if wage-undercutting illegal immigrants, that the (D)'s pander too, should be indulged by your contributions.

Posted by: DANEgerus at April 26, 2005 05:46 PM

Are the Communication workers the media? Who are they?...

Posted by: Lisa at April 26, 2005 05:46 PM