For teachers, knowledge is power

By Priya Abraham, The Mercury

Like any other group of professionals, teachers are a diverse lot, holding vastly differing social, cultural, and political views. So why is it that they’re lumped together and forced to join state and national teachers’ unions that often don’t reflect local teachers’ concerns?

Give the money back, Mayor de Blasio

New York Post

Maybe Mayor de Blasio’s spokesman is right: There’s “zero” connection between the sweetheart deal the teachers union won from the city and $350,000 its parent union donated to Mayor Bill’s Super PAC.

Candidate question meant to highlight practice

By Kate S. Alexander, gazette.net

Claiming it aimed to weed out candidates willing to “pay to play,” Montgomery County’s largest employee union asked on its endorsement questionnaire if candidates would pay its political action committee to campaign on their behalf, if endorsed.

Super PACs supersize union political spending

By Nathan A. Benefield, newpittsburghcourieronline.com

Last month, a federal judge ruled that a new breed of political money machines—called “super PACs”—can get involved in Pennsylvania elections using an unlimited amount of union dues money. Well-known on the federal landscape, these supersized political action committees (PACs) will soon amplify the already dominant role unions play at election time.

Unions, deep-pocketed liberals boost super PAC funds

By Fredreka Schouten and Christopher Schnaars, USA TODAY

Labor unions and deep-pocketed donors promoting liberal causes are flexing their political muscle and have overtaken conservative billionaires in the race to fund super PACs, a USA TODAY analysis of new campaign-finance reports shows.

Union PAC Slapped With City Ethics Fine

phillymag.com

NewsWorks reports the Concerned Irish Americans of Philadelphia PAC has been punished with a $2,000 fine for failing to disclose, in timely fashion, money it received from a powerful local union to spend on local campaigns.

Beware unprincipled ‘Main Street’ Republicans

By Michelle Malkin, Columbia Daily Tribune

What do George Soros, labor unions and money-grubbing former GOP Rep. Steven LaTourette all have in common? They’re control freaks. They’re power hounds. They’re united against tea party conservatives. And they all have operated under the umbrella of D.C. groups masquerading as “Main Street” Republicans.