Well, This Explains the Trips to Madison
Ed Schultz, full-time Union Employee. (H/T NewsBusters)
In fiscal 2011, [MSNBC Host Ed] Schultz received $190,000 from the Communications Workers of America for what the U.S. Department of Labor categorized as “representational activities.”
For swag like that, you’d think Schultz could at least get it right about the CWA name. Instead, he invariably refers to it as the “Communication” Workers of America when its president, Larry Cohen, is a guest on Schultz’s radio show, as Cohen often is.
Schultz also received $9,900 in fiscal 2011 from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), putting his union haul for the year at almost $200,000.
This represented a fivefold increase over the $37,350 Schultz received from unions in fiscal 2010 — $15,000 from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), $14,850 from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and $7,500 from the Communications Workers of America.
A Labor Department spokesman confirmed to NewsBusters that Schultz received $190,000 from CWA in fiscal 2011, far from than the $7,500 he was paid by the union a year earlier. The spokesman said unions are mandated to report such payments as required by the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act.
For its fiscal 2010 payment to Schultz, the union characterized the payment as pertaining to “union administration,” according to Labor Department records.
The fiscal year before that, unions paid Schultz $42,500 — $17,500 from the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, $10,000 from AFSMCE, and $7,500 each from the Building and Construction Trades union and International Brotherhood of Boilermakers. All were for “political activities,” according to the Labor Department.
In fiscal 2008, Schultz was paid $22,304 by unions — $10,000 from United Steelworkers (for “union administration”), $7,304 from Air Traffic Controllers (“general overhead”), and $5,000 from Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 189 in Columbus, Ohio. (“general overhead” again).
Worth noting is that Schultz’s cable program on MSNBC, “The Ed Show,” debuted in April 2009 — and that union payments to Schultz nearly doubled from a year earlier.
All par for the course for Ed Schultz. Was told last year one of the reasons for his turn from being a conservative radio talker in the early 90s to the flaming liberal he is today was a truckload of money by Clinton financiers in what was meant to be the left’s first attempt at as liberal Rush Limbaugh on the radio.
That happened all during his time as a local guy in North Dakota. (I have some friends in ND Politics. They’re licking their chops to beat up on former Abele and DPW staffer Brandon Lorenz once he surfaces after the recent news he left Nebraska.)