As they never get tired of reminding us.
Two Pennsylvania teachers are fighting the state’s largest teachers union for interfering with their charitable giving.
The teachers allege in a suit filed in district court that the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) is blocking them from exercising their right to donate union dues money to charity. Pennsylvania allows religious objectors to cut ties with unions as long as they donate an equivalent agency fee payment to charity. That money is given to the union, which is then supposed to send it to the charity of the teacher’s choosing.
Jane Ladley, an elementary school teacher for 25 years before retiring in June, said that the union prevented her from directing her $435 donation to a scholarship fund to teach high school seniors about the Constitution because it was “too political.”
Ladley, 61, began teaching in the 1970s and was a member of the teachers union for seven years. She put her career on hold to raise her children before returning to the workforce in 1996. This time, she refused to join after discovering that the union “funneled money to Planned Parenthood.”
Which is not political in the least. Perish the thought.
Well, not much:
Planned Parenthood Action Fund (PPAF), the “political arm” of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, combined with other Planned Parenthood affiliates to spend several million dollars during the last five weeks of the 2000 general election campaign to broadcast two ads criticizing George W. Bush’s record on abortion rights.
Because Planned Parenthood’s overall structure includes a 501(c)(4) entity, a 501(c)(3) entity, a federally regulated PAC and a 527 organization, it is difficult to determine which pots of money paid for which ads.
Planned Parenthood also has announced plans to file with the Federal Election Commission as a Qualified Non-profit Corporation (also known as a “Massachusetts Citizens for Life,” or MCFL, group), a status set aside for ideological 501(c)(4) corporations that do not accept funds from labor unions or corporations.8 Such groups are permitted to use unlimited donations from individuals to pay for “express advocacy” communications, which urge the election or defeat of candidates. They also may make “electioneering communications,” which are defined as broadcast ads that mention candidates during the 60 days preceding general elections or the 30 days preceding primaries or conventions. Other independent groups are prohibited by the Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act (BCRA) from making electioneering communications unless they set up separate, segregated funds that do not receive corporate or union money.
Except when they do receive union money, that is. And engage in politics.
The Mafia was never so brazen with its fronts and shell corporations. Planned Parenthood doesn’t even try to hide it. Neither do the unions. Who, yes, brought us the 40-hour work week. (If we work at all.)
Meanwhile, any group with “dog whistle” words like “liberty”, “rights”, and “patriot” in their name had to undergo months (years!) of delays and a body cavity search to earn 501 (c)(4) status. Compare and contrast.