Teacher unions backing downstate Republicans ‘very rare,’ says researcher

(The Center Square) – Teachers unions have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to certain Republican candidates’ state legislative primary campaigns, a national trend that can be seen in incumbent state Rep. Adam Niemerg, R-Dieterich, and primary challenger Jim Acklin’s race for the 102nd Illinois House seat.

Acklin received $35,000 from the Illinois Federation of Teachers and $68,500 from the Illinois PAC for Education. His campaign has $116,000 cash on hand, according to campaign fund tracker Illinois Sunshine.

“They [the teacher unions] found somebody that will be their puppet candidate,” said Niemerg. “Now they’re spending $400,000 spreading lies and misinformation about me to try and perpetuate their indoctrination of the kids in the classrooms. The people of southeast Illinois are fed up with it and they’re not going to stand for it.”

Niemerg’s political fund has $121,840 cash on hand. 

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