Huffpost Politics

Labor Unions Plan To Send Volunteers To Canvass For Obama

Posted: Updated:

WASHINGTON -- Labor unions plan to send out more than 300,000 volunteers later this month to canvass voters to support President Barack Obama's re-election.

The effort begins on Aug. 25, when activists fan out across 27 states during a national "day of action."

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says a record 400,000 union-based volunteers will be knocking on doors and talking to voters in all 50 states later this year.

For the first time, unions can use their funds to target non-union households as well as those with family members in a union. That change comes as a result of the Supreme Court's landmark campaign finance decision in Citizens United.

Roughly two-thirds of voters in union households backed Obama in 2008.

Also on HuffPost:

Barack Obama's Greatest Hits
Share this
Current Slide

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

Unions ready to send volunteers out for Obama

New Romney Ad Accuses Obama Of 'War On Religion,' Features Legendary ...

Super PAC pres. says their money "dwarfed" by Labor dollars

In Midwest, fight over labor unions to be at heart of 2012 election