The PJ Tatler

Report: AFL-CIO Pulling Funds from Obama, Other Candidates

Payback for Obama’s failure to help out in Wisconsin? The AFL-CIO says no, but it’s worth questioning the timing.

The AFL-CIO has told Washington Whispers it will redeploy funds away from political candidates smack dab in the middle of election season, the latest sign that the largest federation of unions in the country could be becoming increasingly disillusioned with President Obama.

The federation says the shift has been in the works for months, and had nothing to do with the president’s failure to show in Wisconsin last week, where labor unions led a failed recall election of Governor Scott Walker.

“We wanted to start investing our funds in our own infrastructure and advocacy,” AFL-CIO spokesman Josh Goldstein told Whispers. “There will be less contributions to candidates,” including President Obama.

While there were “a lot of different opinions” about whetherObama should have gone to Wisconsin, according to Goldstein, “this is not a slight at the president.”

Sure. It just comes a week after Big Labor begged for Obama’s help, and he skipped off to his own campaign events. Nothing to see here.