AFL-CIO Goes Big, Sends Out 2.5 Million Aggressive Mailers

9.20.10 – Continuing to assume the role of one of the most politically aggressive organizations operating on the progressive side of the aisle, the AFL-CIO sent out 2.5 million pieces of campaign mail on Monday targeting Republicans in roughly 50 congressional and gubernatorial races.

Collectively, the mailers drive home the point that the current crop of GOP candidate would pursue policies that are distinctly and drastically anti-union or anti-worker. Candidates are targeting for wanting to privatize Social Security, for cuddling up to Wall Street donors, and for opposing basic worker safety requirements.

But it’s some of the specific attacks — in addition to the sheer size of the campaign — that stick out for their directness. The AFL-CIO takes Kentucky Republican Rand Paul to task for casually dismissing the death of two Kentucky coal miners. The federation pastes harrowing footage of the 2007 Minnesota bridge collapse, to attack that state’s gubernatorial candidate, Tom Emmer, for voting “against funds that may have prevented” that catastrophe. It takes on Florida Gubernatorial hopeful Rick Scott by insisting that Florida taxpayers paid for his “fraud-fueled, million-dollar fortune” and it mocks Oregon gubernatorial candidate Chris Dudley for moving his residence to Washington during his NBC career to avoid paying higher taxes.

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September 20th, 2010

Staff Reporter

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