United Association’s Pipelines Move $651K in Political Funds
Posted at 4:54 p.m. on Dec. 13, 2013
A labor organization used a federal PAC and a Section 527 organization as pipelines for $651,500 to federal and state campaigns during November.
The United Association Political Issues Fund, a Section 527 organization of the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing & Pipefitting Industry of the U.S. and Canada, reported it had receipts of $125,321 and expenditures of $108,000 during November. The organization gave $100,000 to We Are Kentucky, a Democratic-oriented super PAC that is helping to elect Alison Lundergan Grimes, D-Ky., to the U.S. Senate.
The United Association Political Education Committee, a federal PAC of the same labor organization, reported it had receipts of $462,652 and disbursements of $574,000 during November, leaving $3,314,912 cash on hand as of 11/30. The federal PAC gave $250,000 to the Democratic Governors Association; $100,000 to Taxpayers for Quinn; $52,600 to the Illinois Senate Democratic Victory Fund; $52,600 to the Chicago Committee; and $26,300 to a state senate candiadte.
The PAC also gave $70,000 to federal candidates and committees. It gave $5,000 to each of the following candidates: Rep. John Carney, D-Del.; Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J.; Lee Rogers, D-Calif.; Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Ala.; and Natalie Tennant, D-W.Va. The PAC gave $5,000 to the leadership PACs of each of the following: Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.; Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.; Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y.; Rep. Paul Tonko, S-N.Y.; and Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Pa. The PAC gave smaller amounts to others.