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AFL-CIO Budgets $53 Million for '08

Looking past the battle for the Democratic nomination, the AFL-CIO announced plans Friday for the biggest campaign mobilization of union workers in its history, committing $53 million to an effort aimed at electing a Democratic president and expanding Democratic majorities in the House and Senate.

"Our members are building an army to make more calls, knock on more doors and turn out more voters than ever," Gerald McEntee, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, said in a statement. "We're going for the trifecta: the House, the Senate, and the White House."

In addition to its focus on the White House, the union federation will target 23 priority states, including traditional presidential battlegrounds of Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Karen Ackerman, the AFL-CIO political director, noted in the federation's release that organized labor is determined to help the Democratic nominee carry Ohio, whose outcome proved decisive in President Bush's 2004 reelection victory.

By concentrating on districts with heavy concentrations of union workers and families, the AFL-CIO effort aims to enlarge the Democrats' Senate majority by three to six seats, while hoping to increase the party's House majority by five seats.

The federation has not endorsed any of the Democratic presidential candidates, as none commands enough support within organized labor to gain the two-thirds vote needed for an endorsement. Individual unions, however, have begun to take sides in the nomination contest.

-- Dan Balz

By Post Editor  |  September 21, 2007; 3:53 PM ET
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Posted by: Patriot73 | September 24, 2007 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Since when does the Union/"Mafia" decide where $53 million dollars of the workers retirement plans and benefits should go into an election? That's where our hard earned money goes. The union dues that make the rich richer. It's all in the GOOD BOOK. KJV 2:12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos/Gambinos/Mafia. This is the witness protection program and also hiding money in overseas accounts. 2:16 To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it. This is your Supreme Court Justices and frivolous law suits to divide money with the mafia. This is Case Law:3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; This is frivolous law suits: and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; This is where they offer money on the Judges bench and to pay off politicians: 8:3 And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. This is where they steal money from the 401k's from hard earning workers like Enron did from the markets and hide it in overseas accounts and then lie to the people and say we don't know what happened. 9:4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of our God/Father in their foreheads. That's why judges don't have to report their finances with the new law from Congress and they shut down the media. That's the Mystery Babyon in the bible. A mafia corrupt government. THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH

Posted by: david20071977 | September 23, 2007 3:24 AM | Report abuse

re: the so-called senate censure resolution
The Post should be ignoring rather than headlining the cheap crap like a Censure??? leave it to one or ore of your columnists who can expose the ploy for what it is, and don't dignify lit like its a story.

Posted by: gbocknek | September 21, 2007 10:19 PM | Report abuse

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