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Re: AFSCME union drops support for The UNCF
Pretty much any time there's a debate on unions and political involvement bias, there's always someone rushing to make the point that the union organization isn't political, that it's just the members independently helping whatever political agenda (pretty much always on the left). Or that the money donated is not from the general union dues. They do everything they can to spin it that the union as an organization is completely neutral politically.
Originally Posted by TXGTOU
Do you know what Michael Lomax said at that summit after getting the donation? I don't, and I tried to look it up but every result kept linking to stories like in the OP. I couldn't find anything about the summit speech itself. If you have more info, I'm willing to read it.
And I'm sorry but if I donate to a cause and the leader of that cause speaks on behalf of another cause that I do not believe in, why shouldn't I refrain from donating to that cause? When Susan G Komen was going to stop their funding of Planned Parenthood because their leader insisted that Planned Parenthood was a one-stop-abortion shop, I stopped buying any products with the pink ribbon (not because I believe that we need to give out abortions like M&Ms, but because I don't believe that the Susan G Komen representative should've introduced religion and right wing agenda into the charity). If the union has prominent leaders that belong to the local Klan, should the UNCF accept their donation? I mean it would make them look bad if they didn't, based on your logic,correct?
So keep that in mind when I say it depends on what was said. If someone just made a massive donation to your charity (reportedly the 5th largest single donation), don't you think it would be prudent as the charity leader to go give a speech expressing your thanks, giving them more info about your organization, and letting them know more about how their money will be put to good use? That is not showing support for what the Koch brothers believe in, and not the same as what the SGK representative did. What do you think the UNCF should have done, not say a word or return the money?
Now if Dr. Lomax's speech was promoting the Koch beliefs, then you may have an argument. Since I/we don't know that, I'm going to go with the belief that the UNCF speech was kept politically neutral and was about their charity work. Also note the Koch donation was made because they believed in the UNCF, not the other way around, and have been keeping up with a donation program that was started by one of the companies they bought out.
So is this ruffling of feathers due to the fact money was donated, or because the UNCF presumably gave them an elaborate "Thank you?"
Koch Industries has a history of supporting UNCF dating to 2005, when it acquired the company Georgia-Pacific. Georgia-Pacific supported UNCF going back four decades. Since 1995, Georgia-Pacific and Koch have donated more than $1.5 million to UNCF, according to Koch.
Curley Dossman, president of the Georgia-Pacific Foundation, said it’s because of that long-standing relationship that UNCF approached Koch about the new gift.