Our friend and State Senate GOP Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R-Union) is introducing legislation that would, in his office’s words, “apply the same restrictions on campaign contributions and activity that currently exist for other government service providers to labor unions under contract, including project-labor agreements, withstate, county, or municipal government entities.”
“Labor unions are no different than a legal orengineering firm: they negotiate contracts for services with elected officials. In fact, labor unions receiveamong the largest government contracts given out year after year, yet are free to wield unparalleled financial influence in electing the very same people who sit opposite them at the bargaining table.”
Kean also noted that New Jersey organized labor unions “outspent the next closest interest group by a margin of 8-1 in the 2010 election cycle, and 17-1 during the 2009 gubernatorial and legislative election season. 11 of the 15 top spending special interest committees (PAC’s) identified by ELEC were run by unions in the 2010 election cycle.”
The problem is real. A notorious example? Last year alone, as we’ve previously reported, the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) spent approximately $10.8 million on advertising.
So all of us here at Save Jersey say “Bravo, Senator Kean!” This legislation is an prime example of why New Jersey’s Conference of Mayors recently named him “Legislator of the Year.” Our taxpayers deserve a government that works for them and not the other way around!