The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, cited in news reports for halting nonunion repair crews from helping to restore power in superstorm Sandy’s New Jersey-New York path, is one of nation’s top union donors to Democrats, a group President Obamalast year praised in a visit to an IBEW training Center.
The Center for Responsive Politics, a public political spending watchdog, said IBEW has the nation’s fifth highest spending political action committee, doling out nearly $2.3 million, 97 percent of which went to Democrats. According to the group, IBEW during this election cycle has given $2,928,973 to Democratic House and Senate candidates, and just $51,600 to Republicans. They have also helped raise money for Obama.
Among the recipients were political figures and groups in New Jersey, Ohio and Pennsylvania, key political battleground states.