Labor unions spent over $1.7 billion on politics for the 2016 election cycle

April 19, 2017 | by Karin Sweigart

The National Institute for Labor Relations compiled federal and state labor union data sources on political spending to conclude that unions spent over $1.7 billion dollars trying to influence elections during the 2016 election cycle. $1.3 billion of that came from general treasury dues. However, since many public employee unions are not required to report their political spending, that number is likely lower than the actual dollar figure.