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September 5, 2012
AFL-CIO chief lauds union's get-out-the-vote effort
Source: USA Today
By: Catalina Camia

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka at the Democratic National Convention.

CAPTIONBy Evan Eile, USA TODAYCHARLOTTE -- AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said the nation's largest blue-collar union spent less on Democratic convention activities so it could devote more resources to getting out the vote for President Obama.

In a Newsmakers session with USA TODAY and Gannett reporters, Trumka took a swipe at GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and the Republican Party's efforts to out-do Obama's Democratic allies on the ground.

"His ground game is bought and paid for," Trumka said. "Our ground game is volunteers. ... I feel confident our ground game will be the best that we had."

The AFL-CIO and some other unions reduced their financial support for the Democratic National Convention, which concludes tomorrow with Obama's acceptance speech. While North Carolina is a battleground that Obama wants to win again, it is also a state where teachers and other public employees' unions are barred from collective bargaining.

Trumka said the AFL-CIO in previous years gave "significant amounts" to the Democratic convention. In 2008, the union's contribution topped $8 million.


"We use that money this time to build structure," he said. "It's a decision of limited resources ... to put our money where we think it would do the most good."Trumka said the union will concentrate on getting out the vote in swing states such as Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida, as well as states that have passed new voter identification laws.



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