Analyzing a curious contribution by the NEA
The National Education Association used voluntary member donations (which may include contributions from members of the Oklahoma Education Association) to contribute $2,500 to the presidential campaign of Congressman Chris Dodd, a Connecticut Democrat, according to Federal Election Commission records outlining the labor union’s 2010 political activities.
In addition to an organization that represents itself as the world’s largest democratic organization, contributing to a presidential campaign without consulting its member representatives across the land adds up to a blatant disregard for the stated structure of the labor union.
Members from affiliates organization-wide attend an annual gathering called a Representative Assembly every July. That’s when they vote to tell the NEA what direction to take for the next year.
Dodd later returned the contribution, but that might not repair what could be perceived as a blatant betrayal of member trust. And it’s hardly plausible that the nation’s largest labor union and its well-oiled political machine couldn’t possibly make a mistake like that.