Unions ‘concerned’ with new version of campaign finance bill

July 23, 2010

By Susan Crabtree, The Hill

Sen. Chuck Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) latest effort to win over centrist Republicans for a campaign-finance bill is jeopardizing union support.

The AFL-CIO, the nation’s largest labor federation, is taking issue with a new version of the Disclose Act that Schumer filed Thursday.

“Based on reports, we are concerned that recent developments could hamper working families’ ability to have a voice in the political process,” said an AFL-CIO spokesman. “We continue to review the legislation and fight to ensure that the final bill addresses the tilted advantage that big business has enjoyed for far too long.”

The latest bill jettisons several provisions included in the House-passed bill that conservative groups have said provides an unfair advantage to unions over corporations and other groups. Democrats are trying to court the votes of Maine GOP Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, two longtime champions of greater restrictions on campaign finance law.

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