Unions Help Pass Unemployment Benefits Bill

Owen Poindexter | September 24, 2010

AB 2058 would streamline the process for people to continue to receive unemployment benefits during a training period. The bill has passed both houses and waits action by the governor.

It is backed by state & local government workers unions, who gave an average of $43,203 to senators voting 'yes,' 13 times more than the $3,250 they gave to those who voted 'no,' based on a August 20, 2010 Senate floor vote. The same treatment was given to assembly members as well. State & local government workers unions gave $53,942 to assemblymembers voting 'yes' compared to the $2,231 given to assemblymembers voting 'no,' based on a August 26, 2010 Assembly floor vote.

Includes reported contributions to campaigns of Senators voting 'Yes' or 'No' in office on day of vote, from State & local government employee unions interest groups, July 1, 2006 – June 30, 2010. Contributions to the campaigns of Assembly members cover dates from July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2010. Contributions data provided by the National Institute on Money in State Politics (