It’s no secret that unions fund a large portion of Democrats’ campaigns. So, when unions start calling foul for alleged partisanship, we have to laugh. A Colorado Observer analysis shows that the Jefferson County Education Association (JCEA) has only given to Democratic candidates over the past five years. Here’s what the Observer reported:
From 2009 to 2013, the JCEA small-donor committee spent about $214,000 on campaign-related activities including contributions to key Democrats such as John Hickenlooper, Evie Hudak, Cary Kennedy, Andy Kerr, Tracy Kraft-Tharp, John Morse, Brittany Pettersen, Dianne Primavera, Sue Schaefer and Max Tyler.
The union committee has also donated to candidates in the non-partisan Jeffco school board elections but not to Republican candidates running in partisan contests, according to online campaign-finance reports filed with the Colorado Secretary of State.
The union contributed $12,500 to the Colorado Democratic Party from 2010 to 2012, and $2,500 to the House Majority Project, a Democratic fundraising group, in 2012.
This all comes into play now (during contract negotiations) because the JCEA has gone on a social media rampage suggesting that the pro-reform board is not for the kids. According to the Observer:
On its Facebook page, the JCEA is posting photos of teachers wearing blue in solidarity with the union both inside and outside school buildings. Several group photos include signs with the Twitter hashtag #standup4kids, where supporters of the union are posting anti-school board messages.
The official sponsor of status quo, the JCEA, is calling a reform-minded board anti-kid? Is that a joke?