Government unions have not been reluctant to use their exclusive political privilege to finance candidates this election cycle.
According to an AP analysis, four of the top ten contributors to Tom Wolf’s gubernatorial campaign are government unions, combining for nearly $2.5 million in donations to Wolf. To be clear, there’s nothing wrong with supporting a candidate for office. In fact, it’s a right protected by the First Amendment.
The issue here is not candidates receiving union money, but that union leaders use taxpayers resources to collect their political money.
It’s unfair to force taxpayers to subsidize the collection of money for political causes they find antithetical to their own values and beliefs.
It’s not fair that government unions are the only entities that have their political action committee (PAC) money and union dues, which can also be used for political purposes, collected at taxpayers’ expense.
Despite the Senate’s recent vote against paycheck protection, the fight to restore fairness and level the political playing field will continue.