Beltway Happenings
August 30, 2006--Despite the recent split in organized labor which has seen seven major unions with about six million member split off from the AFL-CIO to form Change to Win, AFL-CIO President John J. Sweeney vowed that the federation would put forth "the largest effort in our history in an off-year election."  Sweeney said the AFL-CIO has allocated $40 million for Labor 2006, the vast majority of which will be spent on mobilization.  Sweeney had sharp words for President George W. Bush, saying that "his approach is fantasy-based at best."  "Working people are ready for change and they're ready to work hard for it," Sweeney said.
Karen Ackerman, Director of Politics and Field for the AFL-CIO, said Labor 2006 will reach 12.4 million voters in 21 states.  The AFL-CIO is focusing on 56 House, 10 Senate and 14 gubernatorial races.
This graph makes the point, but it drew some pointed remarks from reporters after the press conference.
Gary Molyneaux of Hart Research (at right) presented findings of a nationwide survey which showed dissatisfaction with the current economic situation having more resonance than Iraq or corruption.
Change to Win

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