Union Effort to Create Super PAC Stalls

from The Wall Street Journal,

Battle over who would control and take credit for $50 million fund to back Democratic candidates slows its creation.

A fight among labor unions over who would control a proposed $50 million super PAC has slowed the creation of a unified effort to boost the chances of labor-friendly Democrats winning the White House and control of Congress in the November election. A senior political strategist for unions first laid out the plan in February before dozens of union presidents and other labor leaders at the winter meeting in San Diego of the executive council of the AFL-CIO, the nation’s largest union federation. But the efforts have been delayed since then, in part over disputes about who would receive credit for the work done, according to people familiar with the talks. The Wall Street Journal spoke with more than a dozen labor officials, campaign strategists and others who described the organizing efforts. Many said they were concerned media attention would upend the private negotiations. Convincing union members and their families to vote for Democratic candidates could be particularly challenging this year if the Republican presidential nominee is businessman Donald Trump, who has drawn support from working-class white men and women, many of whom are union members. Mike Podhorzer, the AFL-CIO’s political director, wouldn’t comment on the specifics of the talks. When asked who has agreed to participate, he said: “That hasn’t been resolved yet.” Labor activists still have time to settle their differences, and the motivation to do so is likely to rise as the race shifts to the general election. The stakes grew greater after the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, which has raised the possibility of a more union-friendly appointee succeeding him on the high court.

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