Magazine article Insight on the News

Look for the Union Label

Magazine article Insight on the News

Look for the Union Label

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In analyzing recent union campaign contributions to candidates in the forthcoming congressional elections, the National Legal and Policy Center in McLean, Va., found that the top 20 recipients in House and Senate races are Democrats. "Not one Republican made It," a center spokesman observed in releasing data based on contributions by major union political action committees (PACs). While no doubt seen as appalling by some, the news comes as no shock.

The PACs do tend to hedge their bets, but the disparity is substantial. In the New York Senate race, for example, Democratic candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton received $167,500, while her GOP opponent, Rep. Rick Lazio, received $35,000.

In House races, with challengers indicated by an asterisk, top recipients are *Joe Baca, Calif., $244,000; *Mike Ross, Ariz., $205,500; David Bonior, Mich., $179,300; James Maloney, Conn., $172,600; *Scotty Baesler, Ky., $169,000; Lane Evans, Ill., $168,300; *Maryellen O'Shaughnessy, Ohio, $163,500; Shelley Berkley, Nev., $159,500; *Pat Casey, Pa., $154,000; Neil Abercrombie, Hawaii, $153,000; Rush Holt, N.J., $151,500; *Dianne Byrum, Mich., $147,500; David Wu, Ore., $144,000; Martin Frost, Texas, $143,000; Carolyn McCarthy, N.Y. …

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