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NJ teachers union breaks the bank on ads, close to $7 million spent in 2010

The NJEA outspent every other special interest group in the state last year, and it wasn’t even close:

The state’s largest teachers union last year spent $6.6 million on an ad campaign targeting Gov. Chris Christie’s cuts to education, according to a report issued by the Election Law Enforcement Commission this morning.

The New Jersey Education Association blanketed the airwaves last year as it warred with Christie, and spent a total of almost $6.9 million on lobbying across the board, making it far and away the special interest group that spent the most to win over the public and elected officials. […]

The report also showed that Reform Jersey Now — an issue advocacy group tied to Christie’s closest advisers — spent $403,000 on communications in 2010. The group, which disbanded in December, raised a total of $624,000 from private donors, including ones with hundreds of millions of dollars worth of contracts with the state.

The pro-charter school group Excellent Education For Everyone was the second highest spender on communications behind the NJEA, shelling out $458,928.

The NJEA is a union with considerable financial muscle to be sure.  That’s what happens when you have a license to steal from fellow taxpayers.

 

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