One of the nation’s largest labor unions continues to pour hundreds of thousands of dollars into the Clinton family’s controversial foundation.
The American Federation of Teachers, or ATF, the second largest teachers union in the country with more than 1.5 million dues-paying members, made about $5 million in “contributions, gifts, and grants” from July 2015 through June 2016, according to its most recent labor filing. The union contributed $500,000 to the Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative, or CGI, between July 2015 and February 2016 in payments classified as donations to a “charitable organization.” The five contributions comprise about 10 percent of the union’s overall charitable giving for the year.
Those contributions came in addition to the hundreds of thousands of dollars that the union has spent to aid Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party’s electoral chances in 2016, according to education watchdog DropOutNation.
“AFT has worked zealously and successfully to win influence over Clinton and position traditionalists into key roles in shaping education policy if she wins the presidency,” the group said in a blog post. “Meanwhile, AFT is making sure that the Democratic National Committee feels its presence. This includes handing out $300,000 to the Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee, which put together July’s Democratic National Convention.”