Obama Suggests Unions Pay 'Fair Share' For Convention

Something tells me this will not sit well nor be seen as "fair" with an all-important Obama constituency - Big Labor. Bloomberg's Hans Nichols has more:

President Barack Obama’s political advisers are pressing labor unions to contribute to the Democratic convention in September to cover a fundraising shortfall resulting from their self-imposed ban on corporate donations, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Democratic officials gave representatives of the major U.S. unions, including the AFL-CIO, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the United Auto Workers, a tour of the convention sites in Charlotte, North Carolina, April 23 in advance of a request for donations, according to the two people, who requested anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss internal strategy.

The three-day convention will culminate in Obama’s re- nomination in Bank of America Stadium on Sept. 6. So far, the host committee in Charlotte is roughly halfway to its $36.6 million goal.

Four years ago, unions contributed more than $8 million to the Democratic convention in Denver, according to financial disclosure reports.

Jeff Hauser, a spokesman for the AFL-CIO, declined to comment on the new request.

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published this page in In The News 2012-04-25 14:00:00 -0400
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