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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Teachers unions say 'jump,' Congress says 'how high?'

Congress has passed a measure that could pull the plug on school vouchers in DC. My Examiner column pokes around to see who's behind this:

The top two teachers unions—AFT and the National Education Association—spent more combined, $5.27 million, than the top two defense contractors.

The top five lobbying firms, combined, didn’t equal the AFT and the NEA in federal contributions in the 2008 cycle. Both of the teachers unions gave more than any oil company, and the NEA and AFT combined gave more than the top four oil companies combined.

These contributions give the unions clout, and federal lobbying records show they use this clout. Again, on closer inspection, the teachers unions look an awful lot like those corporate special interests Democrats supposedly oppose.

Read the whole piece here.

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