Law and Politics

AFL-CIO Begins Anti-Trump Ads in Swing States

June 8, 2016 

AFL-CIO spokesperson Mike Gillis

By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Cleveland, OH – The AFL-CIO has launched a campaign to convince working-class voters in four swing states not to vote for Donald Trump for president.

In Ohio, the state AFL-CIO is giving its 2,200 locals flyers calling the near-certain Republican nominee “an insult to working women” and “another rich businessman who doesn't care about working people,” while the Pennsylvania branch of the federation is distributing them to its 900,000 members. “This is the first salvo,” said Ohio AFL-CIO spokesperson Mike Gillis. “We seek to educate both union members and non-union members about Donald Trump's record and why working people should be gravely concerned with the prospects of a Trump presidency.” Other flyers, which are also being circulated in Florida and Nevada, attack Trump for hiring undocumented Polish immigrants to build the Trump Tower, having his brand-name clothing manufactured in low-wage countries, and supporting Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s attacks on public employees’ unions. Trump contributed $10,000 to Walker’s re-election campaign in 2014, and told Politico in early 2015 that “what he was doing was the right thing.” Read more

June 7, 2016

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