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Stace Tackaberry: Teacher unions not our biggest lobbyists

Stace Tackaberry
Breckenridge

Mr. Bill Byrne’s letter regarding education in the U.S. was interesting and thought provoking. However, in it he stated a number of stats, none of which he bothered to document. He commented that teacher unions “spend the most in lobbying our Congress and influencing our elections.” This “opinion” is wildly inaccurate.

According to the non-partisan database http://www.opensecrets.org (please note the documentation), in 2010 the largest lobbying/contributions by industry was the U.S. Chamber of Commerce at $132 million (by far no.1), American Medical Association at $22.5 million, Pharmaceutical Manufacturers of America at $21.7 million and the American Hospital Association at $19.5 million (interesting to note the preponderance of bucks from medically oriented organizations). In fact, with 2010 contributions by all teachers unions combined of just $5 million, they are not even in the top 20.

Sadly, his lack of exactness brings into serious question the other statistics he proffered.


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