Joe Schoffstall writes for about union support for Democratic Party causes.

The nation’s largest labor unions spent a staggering $708 million on politics to propel Democratic Party causes during the previous election cycle on activities that will likely continue throughout the 2024 elections.

A new report from the Commonwealth Foundation found the nation’s four biggest government unions — the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), National Education Association (NEA), American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) — combined to drop the massive sum into lobbying and on contributions to political organizations and candidates in federal, state and local races during the 2022 midterm elections.

“Our research illuminates the considerable political influence wielded by government unions, both in Washington, D.C., and in states throughout the nation,” David Osborne, the Commonwealth Foundation’s senior fellow of labor policy, told Fox News Digital.

“Government unions use this power not only to advance leftist causes but also to elect political leaders who will protect their interests and influence. The result, unfortunately, is that federal, state and local governments are increasingly led by politicians who care more about union executives than union members or taxpayers.”

The Commonwealth Foundation provided Fox News Digital with a copy of its report highlighting how the AFT, NEA, AFSCME and SEIU combined to spread astronomical amounts of cash across multiple sectors to boost liberal causes.

According to the report, unions spent more on what the Commonwealth Foundation deemed political activity than on categories closely aligned with membership support. 

“Most of a union’s revenue comes from its membership, in the form of member dues. Given this fact, it may make sense for the unions to allocate most financial resources toward membership support,” the report states. 

“However, this is not the case. The four largest government unions spent over $2.79 billion in 2021 and 2022, yet representational activities, the spending category most closely linked to membership support, only accounted for $554 million, or less than 20 percent of total expenditures.”