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AFL-CIO goes in the field in 23 states


AFL-CIO goes in the field in 23 states

  The AFL-CIO is launching the first stage of its field operation for November's elections, dropping more than 300,000 flyers at worksites in 23 states over the next two weeks.

The effort, which is set to be announced this morning, is the start of what the union says will be an unprecedented effort in the 2010 campaign.

"If politicians are fighting for working families, then we will work our hearts out for them," AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a statement. "If they aren't delivering and think they can take our support for granted then they may be awfully lonely come November."

Labor (including the AFL-CIO) has already made a huge splash this year by spending about $10 million trying to take down Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) in her primary. It came up just shy, but it insists there's more where that came from.

According to copies of the flyers obtained by The Fix, some are negative and some are positive. They will focus on everything from governor and Senate races on down.

One flyer hits Illinois GOP governor nominee Bill Brady for supporting lowering the minimum wage in his state to the federal level. Another focuses on California Republican Senate nominee Carly Fiorina's tenure as Hewlett Packard CEO, which included tens of thousands of layoffs and a "golden parachute" when she left.

A positive piece for Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) lists the labor-friendly policies he has supported in the past.

The states where the flyers are being distributed also include Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.




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