Union-Backed Democrats Usher Dream Act Through Calif. Assembly

Owen Poindexter | May 07, 2011

May 9, 2011 - The California Assembly passed the Dream Act (AB 130) on May 5, which would allow certain illegal immigrants to receive financial aid for higher education, according to the Sacramento Bee. The vote was 51-22 (6 members did not vote) and divided cleanly along party lines, with Democrats voting in favor and Republicans opposing.

From January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2010:

The bill was supported by a number of powerful unions, including AFSCME, the California Teachers Association, the Service Employees International Union, and the California Federation of Teachers. MapLight analysis shows that, of the $2.5 million in contributions in the 2010 election cycle from these organizations to Assemblymembers and senators that served in the 2009-2010 or 2011-2012 sessions of the California State Legislature, funding went almost exclusively to Democrats.

California campaign contributions data source: National Institute on Money in State Politics.