Police and Firefighters Unions’ Contributions Heavily Favored Lawmakers Voting to Grant Collective Bargaining Powers to Public Safety Officials

Jeffrey ErnstFriedman | December 09, 2010

Dec. 9, 2010 - Based on a Dec. 8 vote in the Senate on a motion to proceed on S 3991, where a 'no' vote would block consideration of final passage, lawmakers voting 'yes' received on average over $8,500 from groups and individuals associated with police and firefighter unions while 'no' voters received on average just over $2,000.

The bill would "provide collective bargaining rights for public safety officers employed by states or their political subdivisions." The measure was supported by various union groups and was opposed by conservatives and anti-labor groups.

No Republicans voted in favor of consideration, while all but three Democrats voted in favor of consideration. The measure failed to get the 60 vote threshold needed for consideration.

Includes reported contributions to congressional campaigns of Senators in office on day of vote, from Police & firefighters unions & associations interest groups, October 14, 2004 – October 13, 2010. Contributions data source: