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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Unions Financing Republicans That Will Counter Tea Party Candidates -- PatDollard.com, Circa

Tea-Party-550x3501Excerpted from Circa: As the GOP grapples with the direction of the party, GOP operatives and unions are taking action to challenge Tea Party candidates with establishment GOP candidates.

Filings with the Federal Election Commission show unions have donated $845,000 to the GOP-aligned Super-PAC Defending Main Street. Defending Main Street, which is run by former Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH), is seeking to defend GOP seats being vacated by retiring lawmakers against Tea Party candidates.

We see Defending Main Street as one group and one way of part of our overall political program to try and get some more folks elected to Congress who are going to work together to get things like that done, instead of putting these things off in continuing resolutions year after year after year.” Jay Lederer, communications director for the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE)

Defending Main Street shares the same goals as some business groups that are countering the Tea Party with candidates perceived to be more pragmatic. While unions have given $2.4 million to Republican candidates so far for the 2014 election— they continue to disproportionately donate to Democrats.

GOP operatives, like Charlie Spies, have joined the fight against Tea Party candidates for the 2014 elections, by filing for dozens of super PACs to provide establishment GOP candidates a fiscal advantage during the primaries. They see moderate Republicans as having a broader appeal nationally. Keep Reading

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