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{{Short organization profile
name                 = Workers' Voice |
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|name = Workers' Voice
type                = [[Super PAC]] |
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|image = AFL-CIO logo.jpg
organization image   = [[File:Club for Growth Action.png|300px]] |
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|president =
leadership          = Elizabeth Shuler, Treasurer|
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|vice-president =  
political party     = Liberal|
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|chairman =
website             = [http://www.workersvoice.org/ Official website]|
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|political party = Democratic
email                =  info@workersvoice.org|
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|year = 2011
}}{{tnr}}{{Super PACs}}The '''Workers' Voice''' is a [[Super PAC]] that was started by the [[AFL-CIO]].<ref name="hp">[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/26/workers-voice-afl-cio-union_n_1455464.html ''Huffington Post'' "Workers' Voice, AFL-CIO Super PAC, Relinquishes Control Over $4.1 Million War Chest (EXCLUSIVE)," April 26, 2012]</ref>
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|affiliated = [[AFL-CIO]]
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|website = [http://www.aflcio.org/ Official website]
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}}{{tnr}}{{Super PACs}} The '''Workers' Voice PAC''' is a [[Super PAC]] created by the [[AFL-CIO]] focused on union organization and aiding workers and the middle class. Michael Podhorzer, the AFL-CIO's political director stated the following about the creation PAC, "if workers and the middle class were going to have a chance to recover their voice and their power in America, we had to adapt a new strategy."<ref>[http://articles.latimes.com/2012/apr/12/news/la-pn-aflcio-forms-a-super-pac-focused-on-union-organization-20120412 ''Los Angeles Times,'' "AFL-CIO forms a 'super PAC' focused on union organization," April 12, 2012]</ref>
  
==Financial distribution method==
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==2014 elections==
The Workers' Voice is trying a new method of distributing Super PAC funds. Citizens, whether AFL-CIO members or not, can register with the Super PAC and log campaign activities, such as phone-banking or get-out-the-vote efforts. These volunteer hours can earn them a say in how Workers' Voice spends its funds.<ref name="huffpo"/>
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No independent expenditures have been made for or against candidates in the 2014 election cycle as of July 9, 2013.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/outsidespending/detail.php?cycle=2014&cmte=C00484287 ''Open Secrets,'' "AFL-CIO Workers' Voices PAC 2014 election cycle," Accessed July 9, 2013]</ref>
  
 
==2012 elections==
 
==2012 elections==
According to the ''Sunlight Foundation'', the Workers' Voice PAC spent $5,878,449 on the [[United States House of Representatives elections, 2012|2012 elections]]. Of those funds, 76.14 percent achieved the desired result, based on ''Sunlight Foundation'' analysis.<ref>[http://reporting.sunlightfoundation.com/2012/return_on_investment/ ''Sunlight Foundation'' "Outside spenders' return on investment," November 14, 2012]</ref>
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According to the ''Sunlight Foundation'', Workers' Voice spent $6,340,554 in the 2012 general election. Of those funds, 76.02 percent achieved the desired result, based on ''Sunlight Foundation'' analysis.<ref>[http://reporting.sunlightfoundation.com/2012/return_on_investment/ ''Sunlight Foundation'' "Outside spenders' return on investment," November 14, 2012]</ref>
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''Open Secrets'' also analyzed the success of 2012 general election cycle spending:<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/outsidespending/detail.php?cmte=C00484287&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'', "AFL-CIO Workers' Voices PAC," accessed July 8, 2013]</ref>
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[[File:AFL CIO Workers' Voice PAC 2012.jpg|center|375px|thumb|The success rate of AFL-CIO Workers' Voice PAC's 2012 spending.]]
  
 
===Expenditures===
 
===Expenditures===
====March 2012====
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As of July 8, 2013, the grand total the Workers' Voice PAC had spent in the 2012 election was cycle was $6,331,541: $3,230,012 for Democrats, $6,466 against Democrats, $602 for Republicans, and $3,094,461 against Republicans.
As of March 31, 2012, the Workers' Voice PAC had spent 1,825,359,<ref name="sum">[http://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/lookup2.php?cycle=2012&strID=C00484287 ''Open Secrets'' "AFL-CIO Workers' Voices PAC Summary," Accessed June 12, 2012]</ref> with independent expenditures totaling $2,932. The independent expenditures were in support of [[Mark Critz]] (D) of Pennsyvlania.
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<ref name="os">[http://www.opensecrets.org/outsidespending/detail.php?cmte=C00484287&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'' "AFL-CIO Workers' Voice PAC Recipients, 2012," Accessed July 8, 2013]</ref>
<ref name="os">[http://www.opensecrets.org/outsidespending/recips.php?cmte=C00484287&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'' "AFL-CIO Workers' Voices PAC Recipients, 2012," Accessed June 12, 2012]</ref>
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Workers' Voice has $4,092,196 cash on-hand.<ref name="sum"/>
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{| class="wikitable" margin-right: 3px; margin-top: 3px; margin-bottom:3px; margin-left:3px; style="background:none; width:600px;"
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! colspan="8" align="center" style="background-color:#008000; color: white;" | Top 10 largest '''AFL-CIO Workers' Voice PAC''' expenditures in 2012<ref name="os"/>
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|-
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! style="background-color:#444; color: white;" | Candidate
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! style="background-color:#444; color: white;" | Party
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! style="background-color:#444; color: white;" | State
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! style="background-color:#444; color: white;" | Office
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! style="background-color:#444; color: white;" | Total
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! style="background-color:#444; color: white;" | For
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! style="background-color:#444; color: white;" | Against
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! style="background-color:#444; color: white;" | Desired Result
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| [[Mitt Romney]] ||align="center"|{{reddot}}||align="center"|N/A||President||$1,402,002||$564||$1,401,438||[[Image:Yes.png|center]]
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| [[Barack Obama]] ||align="center"|{{bluedot}}||align="center"|N/A||President||$1,398,010||$1,409,767||($11,757)||[[Image:Yes.png|center]]
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| [[Josh Mandel]] ||align="center"|{{reddot}}||align="center"|OH||Senate||$452,352||$10||$452,342||[[Image:Yes.png|center]]
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| [[Sherrod Brown]] ||align="center"|{{bluedot}}||align="center"|OH||Senate||$361,791||$369,753||($7,962)||[[Image:Yes.png|center]]
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| [[Bill Nelson (Florida)|Bill Nelson]] ||align="center"|{{bluedot}}||align="center"|FL||Senate||$268,388||$269,981||($1,593)||[[Image:Yes.png|center]]
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| [[Charlie Wilson]] ||align="center"|{{bluedot}}||align="center"|OH||House||$259,490||$260,171||($681)||[[Image:No.png|center]]
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| [[Tammy Baldwin]] ||align="center"|{{bluedot}}||align="center"|WI||Senate||$256,080||$260,278||($4,198)||[[Image:Yes.png|center]]
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| [[Bill Johnson (Ohio)|Bill Johnson]] ||align="center"|{{reddot}}||align="center"|OH||House||$252,795||$0||$252,795||[[Image:No.png|center]]
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| [[Tommy Thompson (Wisconsin)|Tommy Thompson]] ||align="center"|{{reddot}}||align="center"|WI||Senate||$251,788||$0||$251,788||[[Image:Yes.png|center]]
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| [[Connie Mack]] ||align="center"|{{reddot}}||align="center"|FL||House||$231,191||$0||$231,186||[[Image:Yes.png|center]]
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|}
  
 
===Donors===
 
===Donors===
 
====Organizations====
 
====Organizations====
As of June 4, 2012, the top 5 donors to the Workers' Voice were<ref name="os2">[http://www.opensecrets.org/outsidespending/contrib.php?cmte=C00484287&type=T ''Open Secrets'' "Top Organizations Donating to AFL-CIO Workers' Voices PAC, 2012," Accessed June 12, 2012]</ref>:
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The top 5 donors to the Workers' Voice PAC during the 2012 election cycle were:<ref name="os2">[http://www.opensecrets.org/outsidespending/contrib.php?cmte=C00484287&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'' "Top Organizations Donating to AFL-CIO Workers' Voice PAC, 2012," Accessed July 8, 2013]</ref>
  
 
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{| class="wikitable" margin-right: 3px; margin-top: 3px; margin-bottom:3px; margin-left:3px; style="background:none; width:600px;"
! colspan="4" align="center" style="background-color:#008000; color: white;" |  Top 5 Donors to AFL-CIO Workers' Voice, 2012<ref name="os2"/>
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! colspan="4" align="center" style="background-color:#008000; color: white;" |  Top 5 Donors to AFL-CIO Workers' Voice PAC, 2012<ref name="os2"/>
 
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! style="background-color:#444; color: white;" | Occupation/Employer
 
! style="background-color:#444; color: white;" | Occupation/Employer
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! style="background-color:#444; color: white;" | From Organizations
 
! style="background-color:#444; color: white;" | From Organizations
 
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|AFL-CIO||$2,206,369||$0||$2,206,369
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|AFL-CIO||$7,763,583||$500||$7,763,083
 
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|American Federation of Teachers||$1,000,000||$0||$1,000,000
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|American Fedn Of St/Cnty/Munic Employees||$3,939,818||$250||$3,939,568
 
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|UNITE HERE||$1,000,000||$0||$1,000,000
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|National Assn of Letter Carriers||$2,104,242||$0||$2,104,242
 
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|American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees||$500,000||$0||$500,000
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|United Food & Commercial Workers Union||$1,695,085||$0||$1,695,085
 
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|National Assn of Letter Carriers||$500,000||$0||$500,000
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|American Federation of Teachers||$1,312,366||$0||$1,312,366
 
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====Industries====
 
====Industries====
As of April 21, 2012, the top 5 industries donating to the Workers' Voice were<ref name="os3">[http://www.opensecrets.org/outsidespending/indus.php?cmte=C00484287&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'' "Contributions to AFL-CIO Workers' Voices PAC Industry Breakdown, 2012," Accessed June 12, 2012]</ref>:
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The top 5 industries donating to the Workers' Voice PAC during the 2012 election cycle were<ref name="os3">[http://www.opensecrets.org/outsidespending/indus.php?cmte=C00484287&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'' "Contributions to AFL-CIO Workers' Voice PAC Industry Breakdown, 2012," Accessed July 8, 2013]</ref>:
  
 
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{| class="wikitable" margin-right: 3px; margin-top: 3px; margin-bottom:3px; margin-left:3px; style="background:none; width:600px;"
! colspan="4" align="center" style="background-color:#008000; color: white;" |  Top 5 Donors to AFL-CIO Workers' Voice, 2012<ref name="os3"/>
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! colspan="4" align="center" style="background-color:#008000; color: white;" |  Top 5 Donors to AFL-CIO Workers' Voice PAC, 2012<ref name="os3"/>
 
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! style="background-color:#444; color: white;" | Industry
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! style="background-color:#444; color: white;" | From Organizations
 
! style="background-color:#444; color: white;" | From Organizations
 
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|Misc Unions||$3,206,369||$0||$3,206,369
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|Misc Unions||$10,800,129||$500||$10,799,629
 
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|Public Sector Unions||$2,225,000||$0||$2,225,000
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|Public Sector Unions||$8,984,246||$250||$8,983,996
 
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|Industrial Unions||$276,587||$0||$276,587
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|Building Trade Unions||$1,484,825||$0||$1,484,825
 
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|Transportation Unions||$100,000||$0||$100,000
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|Industrial Unions||$1,355,122||$250||$1,354,872
 
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|Building Trade Unions||$100,000||$0||$100,000
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|Transportation Unions||$328,020||$0||$328,020
 
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==Recent news==
 
==Recent news==
This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term "'''Workers + Voice + PAC'''"
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This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term "'''AFL + CIO + Workers' + Voice'''"
 
:''All stories may not be relevant to this organization due to the nature of the search engine.''
 
:''All stories may not be relevant to this organization due to the nature of the search engine.''
<rss>http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&gl=us&q=Workers+Voice+PAC&um=1&ie=UTF-8&output=rss|template=slpfeed|max=10|title= Workers' Voice News Feed</rss>
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<rss>http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&gl=us&q=AFL+CIO+Workers'+Voice&um=1&ie=UTF-8&output=rss|template=slpfeed|max=10|title=AFL-CIO Workers' Voice PAC News Feed</rss>
 
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==External links==
 
==External links==
*[http://www.workersvoice.org/ Official SuperPAC Website]
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*[http://www.aflcio.org/ Official AFL-CIO Website]
*[http://www.facebook.com/workersvoice PAC facebook page]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/WorkersVoice Facebook page]
*[http://www.twitter.com/workersvoice PAC twitter page]
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*[https://twitter.com/WorkersVoice Twitter feed]
  
 
==References==
 
==References==

Revision as of 12:16, 9 July 2013



Workers' Voice
AFL-CIO logo.jpg
Party:Democratic
Year created:2011
Affiliated with:AFL-CIO
Website:Official website

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The Workers' Voice PAC is a Super PAC created by the AFL-CIO focused on union organization and aiding workers and the middle class. Michael Podhorzer, the AFL-CIO's political director stated the following about the creation PAC, "if workers and the middle class were going to have a chance to recover their voice and their power in America, we had to adapt a new strategy."[1]

2014 elections

No independent expenditures have been made for or against candidates in the 2014 election cycle as of July 9, 2013.[2]

2012 elections

According to the Sunlight Foundation, Workers' Voice spent $6,340,554 in the 2012 general election. Of those funds, 76.02 percent achieved the desired result, based on Sunlight Foundation analysis.[3] Open Secrets also analyzed the success of 2012 general election cycle spending:[4]

The success rate of AFL-CIO Workers' Voice PAC's 2012 spending.

Expenditures

As of July 8, 2013, the grand total the Workers' Voice PAC had spent in the 2012 election was cycle was $6,331,541: $3,230,012 for Democrats, $6,466 against Democrats, $602 for Republicans, and $3,094,461 against Republicans. [5]

Top 10 largest AFL-CIO Workers' Voice PAC expenditures in 2012[5]
Candidate Party State Office Total For Against Desired Result
Mitt Romney Republican Party N/A President $1,402,002 $564 $1,401,438
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Barack Obama Democratic Party N/A President $1,398,010 $1,409,767 ($11,757)
Yes.png
Josh Mandel Republican Party OH Senate $452,352 $10 $452,342
Yes.png
Sherrod Brown Democratic Party OH Senate $361,791 $369,753 ($7,962)
Yes.png
Bill Nelson Democratic Party FL Senate $268,388 $269,981 ($1,593)
Yes.png
Charlie Wilson Democratic Party OH House $259,490 $260,171 ($681)
No.png
Tammy Baldwin Democratic Party WI Senate $256,080 $260,278 ($4,198)
Yes.png
Bill Johnson Republican Party OH House $252,795 $0 $252,795
No.png
Tommy Thompson Republican Party WI Senate $251,788 $0 $251,788
Yes.png
Connie Mack Republican Party FL House $231,191 $0 $231,186
Yes.png

Donors

Organizations

The top 5 donors to the Workers' Voice PAC during the 2012 election cycle were:[6]

Top 5 Donors to AFL-CIO Workers' Voice PAC, 2012[6]
Occupation/Employer Total From Individuals From Organizations
AFL-CIO $7,763,583 $500 $7,763,083
American Fedn Of St/Cnty/Munic Employees $3,939,818 $250 $3,939,568
National Assn of Letter Carriers $2,104,242 $0 $2,104,242
United Food & Commercial Workers Union $1,695,085 $0 $1,695,085
American Federation of Teachers $1,312,366 $0 $1,312,366

Industries

The top 5 industries donating to the Workers' Voice PAC during the 2012 election cycle were[7]:

Top 5 Donors to AFL-CIO Workers' Voice PAC, 2012[7]
Industry Total From Individuals From Organizations
Misc Unions $10,800,129 $500 $10,799,629
Public Sector Unions $8,984,246 $250 $8,983,996
Building Trade Unions $1,484,825 $0 $1,484,825
Industrial Unions $1,355,122 $250 $1,354,872
Transportation Unions $328,020 $0 $328,020

Recent news

This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term "AFL + CIO + Workers' + Voice"

All stories may not be relevant to this organization due to the nature of the search engine.

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External links

References