Original Article By Jeremiah Poff At WashingtonExaminer.com
The National Education Association , the country’s largest teachers union , spent more than twice as much money on politics-related expenditures than on its membership, an analysis of the union’s filings shows.
The data, compiled by the right-to-work nonprofit organization Americans for Fair Treatment, shows the teachers union donated $66 million to political activities and another $117 million to “contributions, gifts, and grants” that were primarily political donations.
The data reviewed by Americans for Fair Treatment, which was provided exclusively to the Washington Examiner, showed that the political activities donations totaled 18% of the union’s $374 million budget for 2020-2021. The “contributions, gifts, and grants” totaled 32% of expenditures.
Meanwhile, only 9% of the NEA’s budget was spent on direct assistance to its members, who pay an annual fee of $200 to maintain their membership in the union.
“The National Education Association’s political and charitable spending in 2020-2021 makes the NEA look more like a political organization than a membership organization,” Americans for Fair Treatment told the Washington Examiner. “The union spent $2 on politics for every $1 it spent on representing its members.”
The largest beneficiary of the NEA’s political spending was its own political action committee, the NEA Advocacy Fund, which received $15.7 million from the union in the 2020-2021 school year.
Other donations included $6.7 million to the State Engagement Fund, which funnels donations to left-wing political groups and Democratic candidates. A similar organization, the Strategic Victory Fund, received $1.85 million from the union.
Donations to both organizations were counted among the union’s “contributions, gifts, and grants” expenditures rather than as political activities. The union also designated as a contribution a $1 million donation to Future Forward USA Action, a political action committee that backed then-candidate Joe Biden ‘s 2020 presidential campaign.
The political donations by the NEA dwarfed the $48.8 million in political activities and $5.9 million in contributions spent by the nation’s second-largest teachers union, the American Federation of Teachers , according to Americans for Fair Treatment. The combined total of the AFT’s political spending was less than 30% of its 2020-2021 expenses, as opposed to the nearly 50% spent by the NEA.
“Those numbers show where [the NEA’s] priorities lie,” said Americans for Fair Treatment CEO David Osborne.
In addition to supporting political action committees backing Democratic candidates, the NEA also made sizable donations to liberal advocacy groups, including a $125,000 donation to the nonprofit organization Project 2043, which helps “companies and nonprofit organizations achieve their Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility goals.”
The project’s website includes multiple phrases and verbiage often associated with critical race theory, which says U.S. institutions and culture are systemically racist and oppressive to racial minorities.
The NEA has previously supported the use of critical race theory in developing classroom curricula, even as Democratic politicians and liberal pundits have claimed the theory is not taught in public schools.
The NEA did not respond to a request for comment.