Unions Urge Curtailment of ‘Super PACs’

By Steven Greenhouse, The New York Times

Leaders of the nation’s labor unions — which some experts say benefited from the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling in 2010 — said on Wednesday that the ruling needed to be overturned for the good of American democracy,

Recognizing that the court is unlikely to overturn the decision, the A.F.L.-C.I.O., the nation’s main union federation, said the United States should consider a constitutional amendment to effectively overturn Citizens United, which allowed unlimited independent campaign spending by business corporations and labor unions.

Although some union leaders say organized labor will spend $400 million this year on national, state and local campaigns, many union officials are voicing fears that billionaire donors and corporations will spend huge amounts that will swamp labor’s efforts. Union leaders have been meeting in Orlando at the A.F.L.-C.I.O.’s annual winter meeting.

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/15/unions-urge-curtailment-of-super-pacs/

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