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NEA Gives More Than $15 Million to Advocacy Groups and Partisan Politics
posted by: Cindy Omlin | January 22, 2013, 07:28 PM   

It is important to distinguish the fact that this money is not from the NEA political action committee, rather directly comprised of NEA member dues. Despite claims from the union that member dues stay local, the complete list speaks volumes about where member dues are going.

Regardless of the fact that polls find NEA members lean conservative politically, the astronomical amount of money the NEA spends on partisan political issues is astounding. Regardless of political leanings, the NEA claims to have a mission that exclusively supports teachers. How does funding these groups advance and support professional educators? Are teachers polled on where to spend member dues?

It is critical that teachers everywhere understand where their hard earned money is going. NEA members across the country directly support these groups through their dues. For more information on how the NEA supports partisan politics read Powerful Failure.

At AAE we pride ourselves on operating on a lean budget to exclusively spend membership dues on liability insurance and professional benefits. We do not support partisan politics and do not take positions on issues unrelated to education. Let a teacher know that they do have a choice. Join AAE today.

Take a moment to peruse the list for yourself. Would you want your money going to these groups?

AFL-CIO – $1.15 million
Alliance for Justice – $5,000
America Votes – $376,100
America Works – $250,000
American Bridge 21st Century – $200,000
American Constitution Society – $10,000
American Sustainable Business Council Action Fund – $15,000
Asian American Justice Center – $10,000
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance – $5,000
Be the Change – $100,000
Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs – $10,000
California Community Foundation – $6,000
Campaign for America's Future – $20,000
Center for American Progress – $35,000
Center for Economic Organizing – $12,800
Center for Teacher Leadership – $63,178
Center for Teaching Quality – $120,767
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association – $50,000
Citizens Helping Heroes – $10,000
Citizens for Tax Justice – $15,000
Committee for Charlotte 2012 – $250,000
Committee for Education Funding – $17,713
Committee on States – $25,000
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. – $70,000
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute – $55,000
Council of State Governments – $6,000
Daily Kos – $30,000
Democracy Alliance – $235,000
Democratic GAIN – $10,000
Economic Policy Institute – $250,000
Educating Maryland Kids – $200,000

Education Writers Association$10,500

Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate$200,000

Excelencia in Education$10,000

Fair Districts Now$478,000

Fair Elections Legal Network$50,000

Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network$7,500

Good Jobs First$15,000

Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice $250,000

Health Care for America Now!$125,000

HEROS, Inc. – $100,000

Hip Hop Caucus Education Fund$25,000

Idahoans for Responsible Education Reform$1,042,000

Initiative for Responsible Investment$5,000

Japanese American Citizens League$5,000

Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy$9,300

Kansas Values Institute$49,950

Keep It Local North Dakota$135,000

Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law$25,000

Leadership Conference on Civil Rights$5,000

Learning First Alliance$91,200

Learning Forward$25,000

Marylanders for Marriage Equality$50,000


Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund$10,000

Montanans for Fiscal Accountability $25,555

Moving South Dakota Forward$225,000


National Action Network – $25,000

National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Education Fund – $5,000

National Black Justice Coalition – $20,000

National Coalition on Black Civic Participation $5,000

National Conference of State Legislatures $31,385

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education $202,646

National Hispanic Leadership Institute$25,000

National Public Pension Coalition $135,000

National Women’s Law Center$10,000

Netroots Nation$15,000

New Hampshire Unity Table Fund $50,000

Ohio Democratic Party$150,000

Organizations Concerned About Rural Education – $5,000
Opportunity to Learn Action Fund – $300,000
Parent Teacher Home Visit Project – $58,353
Partnership for 21st Century Skills – $35,000
Patriot Majority PAC – $100,000
People for the American Way – $135,000
Progressive Majority – $50,284
Project Love Remember the Children Foundation – $250,000
Project New West – $140,000
Protect Maine Votes – $81,500
Public Education Defense Fund – $1 million
Quality Education and Jobs – $50,000
Republican Main Street Partnership – $25,000
Ripon Society – $10,000
Robert Russa Moton Museum – $50,000
SEIU – $15,333
Taxpayers in Support of Public Education – $30,000
TIDES Foundation – $100,000
University of Colorado Boulder Sponsored Project – $250,000
U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute – $100,000
Voces de la Frontera – $23,515
Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation – $166,666
We Are Ohio – $4,568,000
Wellstone Action – $30,586

Do you think this is a wise use of membership dues?
Comment below.

Originally posted by Ruthie at AAE.

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