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"Payback" Takes A New Form: So-Called Filibuster Reform

Billion Dollar Bosses Bankroll President Obama’s Campaigns:

“Unions are gearing up to spend more than $400 million to help re-elect President Barack Obama and lift Democrats this election year in a fight for labor’s survival.” (Sam Hananel, “Unions Gearing Up To Spend Big In 2012 Election,” The Associated Press, 2/22/12)

“There has been nothing coy about the Democratic presidential candidates’ courtship of Big Labor.  After all, union endorsements come with armies of door-knocking, phone-calling, sign-waving foot soldiers; union leaders will spend about half a billion dollars on political campaigns this election cycle.” (Tim Miller, “Giving Away The Store,” The New York Post, 12/17/07)

Union Bosses Expect “Payback”:

“Gerald McEntee, president of the influential American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, told The Washington Times in an interview that EFCA was ‘payback’ for the labor movement’s massive campaign effort for Mr. Obama and the Democrats.” (David R. Sands, “Labor’s ‘Priority’ On Back Burner,” The Washington Times, 12/29/08)

Obama Delivers “Payback”:

“Obama Emphasizes Kept Promises Before Union Crowd” (Ali Weinberg, “Obama Emphasizes Kept Promises Before Union Crowd,” NBC News, 4/30/12)

Obama Labor Board Uses "Administrative Action" To Enact Job-Killing Agenda:

“We are very close to the 60 votes we need.  It [sic] we aren’t able to pass the Employee Free Choice Act, we will work with President Obama and Vice President Biden and their appointees to the National Labor Relations Board to change the rules governing forming a union through administrative action...” (Stewart Acuff, “Restoring The Right To Form Unions And Bargain Collectively,” The Huffington Post, 2/3/10)

Now Big Labor Demands So-Called Filibuster Reform Or “Lose Our Support”:

“The head of a major labor union is warning Senate Democrats that those who aren’t willing to take on Republicans over the obstruction of presidential nominees – and deploy the so-called ‘nuclear option’ if necessary for confirmation – will lose the union’s support.  ‘We’re done,’ a frustrated Larry Cohen, president of the Communications Workers of America, said on call with reporters Monday.  ‘We have said to them that we are not going to sit back and see these agencies literally fall apart ... We expect them to step up and tell us why we [should] care if on something this moderate – the ability of the White House to govern – you’re not with us.”(Dave Jamieson, “CWA President Larry Cohen To Senate Dems: Fix The Nomination Process Or Lose Our Support,” The Huffington Post,  6/3/13)

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