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Monday, March 28, 2011

Just how partisan is the TEA?

By the numbers

2009-2010 TEA Contributions

Candidate, Office, Election Status, Party, Total given, Republican Winner

ARMSTRONG, JOE HOUSE Won DEMOCRAT $750
BARKER, JUDY HOUSE Lost - DEMOCRAT $5,000 Sanderson
BARNES, TIM SENATE Not up DEMOCRAT $500
BASS, EDDIE HOUSE Won DEMOCRAT $500
BERKE, ANDY SENATE Not Up DEMOCRAT $1,000
BONE, STRATTON HOUSE Lost DEMOCRAT $3,000 Pody
BORCHERT, BUTCH HOUSE lost DEMOCRAT $5,500 Wirgau
BROWN, TOMMIE F HOUSE Won DEMOCRAT $1,250
BURKS,CHARLOTTE SENATE Won DEMOCRAT $7,000 Steakley
CAMPER, KAREN D HOUSE Won DEMOCRAT $1,000
CARNEAL, PAUL HOUSE Won DEMOCRAT $1,500
COBB, TY HOUSE Lost DEMOCRAT $4,750 Butt
COLEMAN, KENT HOUSE Lost - DEMOCRAT $1,750 Sparks
COLEMAN, SAM HOUSE Lost - DEMOCRAT $2,000 Gotto
COOPER, BARBARA HOUSE Won DEMOCRAT $2,000
CURTISS,CHARLES HOUSE Won DEMOCRAT $750
DEBERRY JR,JOHN HOUSE Won DEMOCRAT $250
DEBERRY, LOIS M HOUSE Won DEMOCRAT $1,500
FAVORS, JOANNE HOUSE Won DEMOCRAT $500
FERGUSON,DENNIS HOUSE Lost - DEMOCRAT $2,000 Hurley
FINCHER, HENRY HOUSE Lost DEMOCRAT $2,250 Williams
FINNEY, LOWE SENATE Won DEMOCRAT $8,250 Don McLeary
FITZHUGH, CRAIG HOUSE Won DEMOCRAT $3,000
FORD, OPHELIA SENATE Won DEMOCRAT $1,500
FRALEY, GEORGE HOUSE Lost - DEMOCRAT $3,250 Alexander
GILMORE, BRENDA HOUSE Won DEMOCRAT $750
HACKWORTH, JIM HOUSE Lost - DEMOCRAT $2,750 Ragan
HARMON, BILL W HOUSE Won DEMOCRAT $750
HARPER, THELMA SENATE Won DEMOCRAT $1,500
HENRY, DOUGLAS SENATE Won DEMOCRAT $1,000
JACKSON, DOUG SENATE Lost - DEMOCRAT $1,000 Summerville
JONES ULYSSEs HOUSE Won DEMOCRAT $1,500
JONES, SHERRY HOUSE Won DEMOCRAT $1,500
KERNELL, MIKE HOUSE Won DEMOCRAT $1,500
MADDOX, MARK L HOUSE Lost - DEMOCRAT $3,500 Holt
MCDONALD, GEORGESENATE Lost DEMOCRAT $1,000 Beavers
MCDONALD, MIKE HOUSE Won DEMOCRAT $2,500
MILLER, LARRY J HOUSE Won DEMOCRAT $250
MOORE, GARY W HOUSE Won DEMOCRAT $2,500
NAIFEH, JIMMY HOUSE Won DEMOCRAT $4,500
ODOM, GARY HOUSE Won DEMOCRAT $4,000
PITTS, JOE HOUSE Won DEMOCRAT $2,500
PRUITT, MARY HOUSE Won DEMOCRAT $250
RICHARDSON, JEANHOUSE Won DEMOCRAT $2,000
SHAW, JOHNNY W HOUSE Won DEMOCRAT $2,500
SHEPARD, DAVID AHOUSE Won DEMOCRAT $500
SONTANY, JANIS BHOUSE Won DEMOCRAT $2,000
STEWART, ERIC SENATE Not Up DEMOCRAT $1,000
STEWART, MIKE HOUSE Won DEMOCRAT $750
TATE, REGINALD SENATE Won DEMOCRAT $500
TIDWELL, JOHN C HOUSE Won DEMOCRAT $500
TINDELL, HARRY HOUSE Won DEMOCRAT $750
TOWNS JR, JOE HOUSE Won DEMOCRAT $1,500
TURNER, JOHNNIE HOUSE Won DEMOCRAT $2,000
TURNER, MIKE HOUSE Won DEMOCRAT $3,000
WALKER, RANDY SENATE Lost - DEMOCRAT $1,000 Campfield
WINDLE, JOHN M HOUSE Won DEMOCRAT $2,000
WINNINGHAM, LES HOUSE Lost DEMOCRAT $6,626 Keisling
YOKLEY, EDDIE HOUSE Lost - DEMOCRAT $5,500 Faison
WILLIAMS, KENT HOUSE Won INDEPENDENT $1,000

BROOKS, HARRY HOUSE Won REPUBLICAN $1,500
BROOKS, KEVIN D HOUSE Won REPUBLICAN $500
COLEY, JIM HOUSE Won REPUBLICAN $1,250
CROWE, RUSTY SENATE Won REPUBLICAN $1,500
ELDRIDGE, JIMMY HOUSE Won REPUBLICAN $500
FORGETY, JOHN W HOUSE Won REPUBLICAN $500
HARRISON, MIKE HOUSE Won REPUBLICAN $500
HAYNES, RYAN HOUSE Won REPUBLICAN $500
HILL, STEVE SENATE Lost P REPUBLICAN $500 Campfield
LOLLAR, RON HOUSE Won REPUBLICAN $1,750
MCCORMICK, GERALHOUSE Won REPUBLICAN $250
MCDANIEL, STEVE HOUSE Won REPUBLICAN $1,250
MCNALLY, RANDY SENATE Won REPUBLICAN $1,000
ROACH, DENNIS HOUSE Won REPUBLICAN $750
TRACY, JIM SENATE Not Up REPUBLICAN $500
WHITE, MARK HOUSE Won REPUBLICAN $250

Of the Republicans given to, I do not think any had general election opposition.

6 comments:

  1. Right, shows how the Republicans anti union bills are now mostly about political payback.

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  2. Alciblades, you can call it "political payback," but what the GOP is trying to do is make the state's dealings with the teachers union reflective of the political leanings of the electorate. Consider this: The majority of Tennesseans voted for Republican legislative representation, yet the state government protects a cozy relationship between the teachers and the Democratic Party. Presumably, the majority of Tennessee parents of school-aged children voted for Republicans, and yet the teachers of their children have allied themselves with Democrats, including having a very special deal in which the government itself collects political contributions from the teachers and funnels them to the Democratic Party. At a MINIMUM, the government should not function as dues collector for ANY private organization and should not funnel political contributions from ANY private organization to ANY political party.

    If the TEA is delivering value for teachers it will find it easy to collect dues itself, and it ought to make political contributions that reflect the will and preferences of ALL of its members, not just of those who support Democrats.

    The TEA will point to the fact that it gave money to some Republicans, but if you really study that list you realize that it did so in races in which there WAS no Democrat. These are "fig leaf" donations, designed to give the TEA political cover. (These donations also tend to be smaller - the TEA gave $812 to Republicans on average, and $2,171 to Democrats, on average (or $2,152 on average if you count "Independent" Kent Williams with the Democrats).

    Also, half the teachers in the state are NOT members of the union, and yet they are forced to be represented by the union against their wishes. (That's because the state government, under the control of Democrats, gave the TEA exclusive bargaining power. To show you how unfair and wrong that is, if EVERY teacher in the TEA except one quit the TEA and then all of those teachers and all the non-TEA member teachers formed or joined a different organization, the single teacher in the TEA would STILL have the power to negotiate on behalf of ALL teachers in the state.

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  3. I notice Senator Berke got a water-carrying fee even though not up for re-election.


    "At a MINIMUM, the government should not function as dues collector for ANY private organization and should not funnel political contributions from ANY private organization to ANY political party."

    This plus,

    "Also, half the teachers in the state are NOT members of the union, and yet they are forced to be represented by the union against their wishes."

    equals exactly why the TEA/NEA are scared to death that half those teachers (or more) they milk every month simply will not write the check and will instead give themselves an instant raise. Then the TEA/NEA will file suit against those very same teaching professionals whose rights they claim to be fighting for...just like they did in Michigan.

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  4. 60:16 Man you can really tell where the Union places it's bets!

    That disparity shows how the T.E.A. has focused on beating Republicans, and surely has for years. Why do they now claim this is just now getting political because of one bill?

    Look at the $4,500 given to old speaker Nafeih. That's a lotta cash, more than any individual could give.

    When you look at who they donated the most money to you see that those recipients pretty well LOST (except for Nafeih). This tells the tale; when the going looks tough for a Democrat then the Union comes in to fund the fight. With the Republicans they never got to the $2,000 mark.

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  5. interesting how the sponsor of the anti-collective bargaining bill, Debra Maggart did not receive money from the TEA, and her opponent in the general election, Charles Ihrig, did not receive money from the TEA either...

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  6. Maybe the TEA realized that Ihrig was sure to lose and didn't want to throw good money away?

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