Labor's Spending Drive for Halter

By Chris Good

Organized labor has poured millions of dollars into the Arkansas Democratic Senate primary to back Lt. Gov. Bill Halter over incumbent Sen. Blanche Lincoln, the major issue here being Lincoln's opposition to the Employee Free Choice Act, as a swing vote in the Senate. If Halter wins, he'll have the entire labor movement to thank--for TV, radio, and worksite leaflets--as the spending burden has been shared across the major unions.


Here's a breakdown of what each of the major organizations have spent:

Service Employees International Union: $2,850,000 throughout the entire race, $1,201,000 since the first round of voting on May 18, when Halter forced a runoff. (According to Federal Election Commission reports.)

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees: $1,449,959 total, all during the post-May 18 runoff. (According to FEC reports.)

AFL-CIO: $1,158,000 throughout the race, $44,000 during the run-off. (According to FEC reports.)

Working America (community affiliate of the AFL-CIO): $1.3 million throughout the race. (According to MSNBC.)

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