AFL-CIO Super PAC to focus on voter turnout

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Associated Press

Posted on April 12, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 12 at 11:12 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The AFL-CIO says its new "super" political action committee won't spend much on television ads, but will focus instead on mobilizing thousands of union and nonunion voters.

Officials at the nation's largest labor federation say they are targeting about 14,000 union work sites around the country to help turn out voters for President Barack Obama and other labor-friendly Democrats.

The labor super PAC has raised about $5.4 million since it was formed last year in response to a landmark Supreme Court ruling that allows corporations and unions to spend unlimited cash in support of, or against, political candidates.

That's a fraction of what conservative super PACs have raised with corporate donations, which have focused largely on television advertising. AFL-CIO leaders say they hope to out-organize their GOP-leaning competitors.

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