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  • Backgrounder Update posted March 14, 1996 by Charles P. Griffin AFL-CIO to Impose New "Taxes" on Its Members

    (Archived document, may contain errors) 3/14/96 270 AFL-CIO TO IMPOSE NEW 66TAXES99 ON ITS MEMBERS (Updating Back-grounder No. 1068, "Oregon Election Previews AFL-CIO's Political Plans," February 7, 1996) To increase its political muscle, the AFL-CIO has announced plans for two new union "taxes," includ- ing a more than one-third increase in per-member levies on…

  • Backgrounder posted March 4, 1996 by Charles P. Griffin Top Ten Political Slush Funds

    INTRODUCTION           The federal budget provides numerous slush funds that can be used to subsidize the lobbying and political activities of special-interest groups. The agendas of these tax-subsidized groups tend toward bigger government, more spending, and increased regulation. Every American is forced to finance this system that allows well-connected…

  • Backgrounder posted February 7, 1996 by Charles P. Griffin Oregon Election Previews AFL-CIO's 1996 Political Plans

    "Union leaders this week said the election push was a way the new leadership could quickly demonstrate results for both the public and the AFL-CIO's member unions." -- The Washington Post, January 25, 19961 "The Oregon race provides a vital first chapter in a new textbook on politics we're going to write this year, as we build the core of a powerful new…

  • Commentary posted February 1, 1996 by Marshall Wittmann, Charles P. Griffin ED020196: Compulsory Union Dues Pay For Politics

    While Democrat Ron Wyden's victory in the Oregon special election is sure to spark speculation about which party will win big this November, it also shows how the money of average Americans can be used against their wishes. After all, the AFL-CIO and other labor unions provided tremendous support for Wyden's candidacy. And all too often labor union officials rely…

  • Commentary posted January 18, 1996 by Marshall Wittmann, Charles P. Griffin ED011896b: Special Interests Still Get Your Money

    Washington loves to wring its hands over a complex problem few people understand, enact reforms that don't really solve it, and then crow about having made the world a better place when election time rolls around. This is exactly what will happen as a result of a "reform" enacted last year ostensibly to end taxpayer-subsidized lobbying and political activity. The…

  • Commentary posted October 25, 1995 by Marshall Wittmann, Charles P. Griffin ED102595: Browbeating AARP

    A few weeks ago, just prior to a House vote on the issue, the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) suddenly announced it was launching a massive grassroots campaign to oppose Medicare reform proposals in Congress. Media reports indicated that AARP, after months of soft-pedaling on the issue, would be establishing "campaign-style" field offices in "key…

  • Executive Memorandum posted October 10, 1995 by Marshall Wittmann, Charles P. Griffin Istook-Mclntosh-Ehrlich Amendment Generous to Charities

    This report is currently available only in PDF format.…

  • Commentary posted September 21, 1995 by Marshall Wittmann, Charles P. Griffin ED092195b: Lobbyists Bring Scare Tactics To Your Hometown

    Washington lobbyists may be in your state -- and they are trying to scare you. They believe that once you hear what the House of Representatives is up to -- it voted recently to end welfare for lobbyists -- you'll be as scared as they are. If the proposed reform legislation passes, these "beltway bandits" no longer will be able to use government grants --…

  • Backgrounder posted July 12, 1995 by Marshall Wittmann, Charles P. Griffin Restoring Integrity To Government: Ending Taxpayer-SubsidizedLobbying Activities

    To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical. - Thomas Jefferson INTRODUCTION The federal government subsidizes lobbying by tax-exempt and other organizations through grants and contracts to advocacy groups. Each year, the American taxpayers provide more than $39 billion in grants to…

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