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WASHINGTON DC – So, apparently this is now a thing. A political action committee called “Color of Change” has started a pledge drive asking politicians to reject political donations from the Fraternal Order of Police.
Among those to make the pledge are some politicians that wouldn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of getting a FOP donation anyway, including members of the far-left loony “squad”—Reps. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and everybody’s darling, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).
A website called NoCashFromCops, notes the following:
“Breona Taylor and George Floyd’s deaths have sparked righteous outrage from across the United States and the world, with millions taking the streets to protest [in other words, loot and riot] the unjust treatment of Black people at the hands of police.
While the majority of the country, including non-governmental leaders and politicians have denounced these killings, there’s one outlier: police unions
“Workers have a fundamental right to organize and use their collective power to ensure fair treatment and compensation. Police unions are different in that they perpetuate harm by protecting violent police officers and creating barriers to officer accountability and policy change.
“Elected officials have a responsibility to hold police accountable for the ongoing violence and abuses of power against Black people. In doing so, they must act independently from police unions and others determined to stand in the way of common sense solutions that keep communities safe.
“We call on all elected officials to reject political donations from the Fraternal Order of Police.”
According to Non-Profit Quarterly, the pledge currently has signatures from elected officials and/or political candidates in 23 states. Those who have taken the pledge include local and national political figures.
The national push is related to a growing concern about the role police unions have allegedly played in blocking police accountability nationwide, and also the political influence they possess.
You see unions are good, as long as it’s “their” unions. In fact the Los Angeles Times said that the AFL-CIO has been getting pressure to disaffiliate from the International Union of Police Associations, however the organization has not yet taken any action in that regard.
“Even for people who have a deep long-standing genuine commitment to the labor movement…there’s a recognition that the power of unionization, the power of collective bargaining is being abused in an indefensible way by police unions,” said Benjamin Sachs, who is a Harvard law professor [go figure] and faculty director of the school’s labor and work-life program.
The magazine article goes on to cite a review in the journal Police Practice and Research, which states, “Virtually all of the published items that express an opinion on the impact of police unions regard them as having a negative effect, particularly on innovation, accountability and police-community relations.”
Ok, so we get it. Unions that protect psychotic college professors, sexual predator teachers and corrupt government employees are good…unions that protect police officers from a hit-job such as what happened to Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe are bad…got it.
So, we have a list of virtue signaling politicians saying they won’t take money from police unions who wouldn’t give them money anyway. How very noble of them.
How do they feel about taking money from groups such as Black Lives Matter, a Marxist revolutionary group, or big Pharma?
Black Lives Matter claims that it does not donate directly to Democratic candidates. That may be true, but just as there are PACs that throw “soft money” at political campaigns, so too does Black Lives Matter.
According to ABC6 in Columbus, Ohio, it has launched a campaign called #WhatMatter2020, which is looking to increase the footprint of black voters which would likely benefit Democrats.
The campaign’s priorities include matters such as racial injustice, LGBTQ rights, voter suppression, and “common sense gun laws”—all Democratic priorities.
“BLM’s #WhatMatters2020 aims to vigorously engage underrepresented communities in the electoral process, educate the Black community about candidates and the issues that impact Black voters most, promote voter registration among Millennials, Generation Z, the Black community and allies, and combat the increased threats of disinformation during this election cycle affecting BLM constituents and the public at large,” the group’s website claims.
The financial workings of Black Lives Matter is a fairly tangled web, in that it is fiscally sponsored by yet another nonprofit called Thousand Currents, which provides “fiduciary oversight, financial management and other administrative services” since 2016.
This is apparently not uncommon if a group has not yet been designated a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
Black Lives Matter doesn’t file its own public financial disclosures, however according to Thousand Currents’ financial disclosures, some $1.8 million was released to Black Lives Matter in 2019.
According to FactCheck.org, one-quarter of Black Lives Matters expenditures last year went to salaries, benefits and payroll taxes and nearly half, 46% went to “consultant fees,” however there are no further details on those expenditures. The rest went to items such as grants, accounting, bank fees, etc.
Now, let’s look at Big Pharma. According to OpenSecrets.org, 223 House Democrats have received money at an average of $23,066 each, totaling $5.14 million.
Republicans numbering 170 have received an average contribution of $25,393 each, or $4.31 million. On the Senate side, 43 Democrats received an average contribution of $54,911 each, or $2.36 million, while 53 Republicans received an average of $57,287 each, or a total of $3.03 million.
Breaking it down further, among some of those who have turned down FOP donations, the following Democratic House members have taken money from big pharma: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ($31,862); Ilhan Omar ($29,943); Rashida Tlaib ($16,534); Ayanna Pressley ($7654).
So for example, the hypocritical Ocasio-Cortez, who pretended to grill Gilead CEO Daniel O’Day at a House hearing in May 2019 about drug prices was apparently just putting on a show. While she’s acting all offended at the price of drugs on one hand, she has her other hand out reaching for big pharma money.
So basically for all the blustering of these political officials about pledging not to take donations from the FOP or police unions in general, actions speak louder than words. That is obvious from their public stance against interests such as big pharma while in private they have their hands out. Such hypocrisy.
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