by Dr. Terry Stoops
Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
The incomparable Mike Antonucci outlines National Education Association and American Federation for Teachers spending on the 2020 elections.
As of Sept. 30, the NEA Advocacy Fund had spent $13.6 million of its $21.5 million war chest. The money went to ad buys, donations to other super PACS and independent expenditures on behalf of congressional candidates in Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, New Mexico, New York and North Carolina. The fund still had almost $8.7 million on hand to begin October.
The union sent almost $9.8 million to the AFT Solidarity Fund, which is a catch-all donor not only to federal campaigns, but to ballot measures at the state level. Independent expenditures were made on behalf of congressional candidates in Alaska, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, New York, North Carolina and South Carolina. The union also spent $238,000 in opposition to Trump.
It shouldn’t come as a shock that NEA and AFT spending focuses on swing states and competitive congressional races.