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EXCLUSIVE: ‘Two-Faced’: Billboards Outside RNC Slam Teamsters For Liberal Spending Record

The Daily Caller News Foundation first learned that a nonprofit labor union watchdog group purchased billboards around the grounds of this year's Republican National Convention (RNC) criticizing the International Brotherhood of Teamsters for its spending on liberal advocacy efforts.

The Center for Union Facts (CUF) placed three billboards along a major road leading to the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee accusing the Teamsters of being “two-faced” and noting that 99% of the organization's political advocacy spending from 2019 to 2022 went to liberal organizations. Of the more than $9 million in advocacy spending the Teamsters have spent over the past four years, virtually all of it went to Democratic Party-affiliated groups, anti-Trump media outlets, left-of-center nonprofits and left-leaning economic think tanks.

Teamsters President Sean O'Brien schedule O'Brien will speak at the convention, aiming to build closer ties between unions and the Republican Party. Former President Donald Trump invited O'Brien, a union leader, to speak at his convention in June. request I had a lecture scheduled for earlier this month.

“O'Brien and the Teamsters are trying to make the public believe they are a bipartisan organization,” CUF Communications Director Charlie Bozzello told DCNF. “In reality, 99 percent of their funding goes to left-wing activities. Working people deserve to know the truth. The Teamsters are not bipartisan. They have made it clear they only care about one side.” (Related: New report reveals powerful labor union that suddenly courted Republicans spent millions on liberal advocacy.)

Most of the $2.6 million the Teamsters PAC donated during this election cycle went to Democrats and Democratic-leaning committees. according to Federal Election Commission (FEC) records.

The Teamsters Donated The union donated $45,000 to the Republican National Committee in January. beginning FEC records show $1 million in contributions to the union since 2004. O'Brien said the union has given money to the Republican Party and given the Teamsters “a seat at the table.” according to To Reuters.

Graphic displayed on a sign outside the Center for Union Facts (RNC)

Trump and O'Brien met privately in early January to discuss labor issues. Later that month, Trump attended A roundtable discussion with general union members.

In addition to donating directly to the Democratic Party, the Teamsters have also donated heavily to nonprofits such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), two groups that have been critical of Trump. Developed While developing a legal strategy to face a second Trump administration, the NAACP Requested The former president, who was convicted in New York on 34 counts of falsifying business records, should be removed from the election.

“Conservatives should be extremely skeptical of lobbying from labor unions,” Michael Watson, research director at the Capital Research Center, previously told DCNF. “Big philanthropy and the progressive movement are looking for an opportunity to break the conservative consensus.” [that is] We are skeptical of trade unions, and certainly hostile to coercive unionization, and we strengthen our progressive allies in the trade unions.”

According to the Associated Press, the union supported former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election and former Vice President Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election, but has not yet endorsed a candidate in the 2024 presidential election.

The Teamsters did not immediately respond to DCNF's request for comment.

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