|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.
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