In 2009, the president of Service Employees International Union said, "We spent a fortune to elect Barack Obama -- $60.7 million to be exact." How much of this spending did the union report to the Federal Election Commission (FEC)?
In this election cycle, the union reported to the FEC a total of $3.0 million in contributions for all federal candidates. This is 5% of the $60.7 million that the union spent for the election of Obama. Investigations conducted by the Associated Press and Wall Street Journal have found that unions often don't report most of their political spending to the FEC.
DocumentationUnion Political Spending