Friday, April 29, 2011

Firefighters Union Pulls Plug on Federal Campaign Donations

The nation’s largest firefighters union has decided to bail on federal candidates this election cycle, dealing President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats a major blow in their efforts to hold the White House and Senate.

Although the International Association of Fire Fighters gives to both Democrats and Republicans, the 300,000-member organization gives far more to the Democratic Party. In the most recent election cycle, Democrats received $1.9 million, and Republicans, just over $400,000, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

In announcing the move to suspend federal campaign contributions, union President Harold Schaitberger blasted both parties, charging that “extreme right-wing conservative and so-called tea party politicians are coming after firefighters, paramedics, and all public workers with a vengeance across the United States” and that “too few Democrats are standing up and fighting for us.”
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