Democrats’ Labor Piggybank Returns


Big Labor’s threat to pull funds from Democrats was only a lovers’ quarrel. has the story: 

This summer, organized labor went out of its way to say it was no longer beholden to the Democratic Party’s agenda. But the checks coming in now show that the Democrats and labor never really broke up.

But this should not come as a surprise. Labor cutting off its support for the convention and having its own gathering in Philadelphia was no more than an “expensive temper tantrum.” Unions still hosted “Hug-a-Union-Thug” events in Charlotte. They also had a presence at many of the other related events there. In turn, the DNC chair made at an appearance at the Philadelphia event. And all of labor’s political efforts in 2012, though officially “independent” of the Democratic Party, were almost exclusively in support of Barack Obama and other Democrats.