Most of the United Negro College Fund's allies hated the idea of the organization working with and accepting money from the Koch brothers. Now, one of the country's major unions is severing all ties with the scholarship fund. AFSCME, which represents 1.6 million public workers, has ended its paid internship program with the UNCF over its embrace of the conservative Koch brothers.
Specifically, after the UNCF accepted a controversial $25 million grant from Koch Industries and, a few weeks later, the fund's president spoke at a summit held by the Charles and David Koch, AFSCME announced in a letter sent Tuesday that it was cutting all ties with the scholarship organization, according to BuzzFeed.
In his letter, AFSCME President Lee Saunders said that he was "deeply troubled" when the organization accepted the Koch donation, but didn't think the UNCF wouldn't support their views. That changed when UNCF President Michael Lomax spoke at Koch-hosted summit last month. "This is a betrayal of everything the UNCF stands for," Saunders wrote. "Your appearance at the summit can only be interpreted as a sign of your personal support and the UNCF's organizational support of the Koch brothers' ideological program."