Teachers: Our Lucre Isn’t Filthy

by Kevin D. Williamson

Marvel at the chutzpah:

Statement by American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, striking down critical limits in our nation’s federal election laws on the total amount wealthy individuals can give directly to political candidates, parties and committees:

“With this ruling, the voices of everyday Americans have gotten squashed again. We once had rules that allowed everyone a fair shot at the American dream and access to democracy, but now access to government is reserved for the most powerful and influential with millions and millions of dollars to buy elections.”

“The avalanche of money spent on elections would be better spent creating jobs, improving our neighborhood public schools, fixing our disintegrating infrastructure and building a better future for our children.”

Randi Weingarten’s organization is the twelfth-largest political spender in modern history, with “millions and millions of dollars to buy elections.” The other major teachers’ union, the National Education Association, is the third-largest political spender in modern history. Of the top 25 groups on that list, precisely three lean Republican, and none in the top 15. The NEA and the AFT are not among the Republican-leaning groups.

This isn’t about getting rich guys out of politics — it’s about the NEA and the AFT keeping competition off the field.