Union watchdog claims prominent teachers unions spent millions on politics instead of representing members

EXCLUSIVE — A watchdog analysis of funds spent by the National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers unions over the last year discovered millions of dollars were prioritized for political purposes instead of supporting teachers and students.

Americans for Fair Treatment, a national nonprofit organization supporting public employees, found that the NEA spent $10 million more on politics and lobbying than it did representing its members. Similarly, the AFT spent $46.9 million on politics in 2023, a $11.2 million increase from the previous reporting period, according to the analysis provided exclusively to the Washington Examiner. 

The filings from the Department of Labor found that the AFT spent 14% of its dues on political activities and lobbying and that the NEA spent 10% on the same thing. To compare, 27% of AFT and nearly
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