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Money In The Bank A Look At Political Spending By LAE & LFT in 2016

Although the Louisiana Association of Educators (LAE) and Louisiana Federation of Teachers (LFT) largely stayed on the sidelines during last year’s electoral contests, a review of campaign finance reports filed by their political action committees over the past 12 months provides some interesting insights on our state’s two teachers unions.

Here are some highlights…

I. Both unions amassed lots of campaign cash in 2016

Filings with the Louisiana Board of Ethics show that LAE’s political action committee ended the year with over $146,000 on hand, up from the $102,000 they started with in January. Meanwhile, LFT PAC saw its fund balance more than triple over the course of 2016, going from $38,000 in January to more than $131,000 by the end of December.

II. They helped repay loans Sen. Milkovich gave to his own campaign

State Senator John Milkovich (D-Shreveport) received more money from the teachers unions than any other legislator last year. LAE PAC and LFT PAC gave the freshman senator a total of $5000 in 2016, which was used to retire his campaign debts.

Milkovich, who was elected to office in 2015, drew headlines last year for his cuckoo beliefs, such as his insistence that the federal REAL ID Act is an “effort to create a national database to spy on people” and his claim that “scientific research and development and advances in the last hundred years…have validated the biblical story of creation.”

State Senator John Milkovich (D-Shreveport)

On the other hand, Milkovich is a strong opponent of the Common Core State Standards (on the grounds that they promote “agnosticism, socialism and moral relativism”) and serves on the Senate Education Committee, which might explain why the unions helped cover his campaign debts. Interestingly enough, the only debts listed on Milkovich’s most recent campaign finance report were loans that he made to his own campaign.

III. They gave way more to Democrats than the GOP

OK, this probably doesn’t come as a big surprise, but LAE and LFT’s PACs spent way more on contributions and fundraisers for the Louisiana Democratic Party than they did on contributions and fundraisers for Republicans. In total, the two unions steered almost $19,000 to LDP in 2016, while La. GOP walked away with a measly $1,250 from LAE PAC.

Explore the rest of the data from LAE PAC and LFT PAC below…


Louisiana Association of Educators PAC

The Louisiana Association of Educators is the state affiliate of the National Education Association, the largest teachers union in the United States. The data below covers the period from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016.

LAE PAC Receipts

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NAMECITYSTATEDATEAMOUNT
LOUISIANA ASSOCIATION OF EDUCATORSBaton RougeLA1/6/16$9,312.81
LOUISIANA ASSOCIATION OF EDUCATORSBaton RougeLA2/5/16$5,697.31
LOUISIANA ASSOCIATION OF EDUCATORSBaton RougeLA3/3/16$9,012.68
LOUISIANA ASSOCIATION OF EDUCATORSBaton RougeLA4/7/16$8,184.49
ANITA J AUGUSTUSBaton RougeLA4/27/16$20.00
KAREN G BELLHammondLA4/27/16$20.00
MARY BONIERCrestonLA4/27/16$20.00
SUZANNE D BREAUXAbbevilleLA4/27/16$20.00
JANET M BROUSSARDNew IberiaLA4/27/16$20.00
GERRI CARTERGonzalesLA4/27/16$20.00
JENNIFER R CHERAMIEThibodauxLA4/27/16$20.00
BETH CLARKMindenLA4/27/16$5.00
PATRICIA A COLBERT- CORMIERLafayetteLA4/27/16$40.00
JANES CREWSLafayetteLA4/27/16$20.00
JENNIFER L DUGALAbbevilleLA4/27/16$5.00
RODOLFO ESPINOZALafayetteLA4/27/16$10.00
DONALD G FONTENOTLake CharlesLA4/27/16$20.00
RACHEL M GIFFORDCullenLA4/27/16$20.00
CRYSTAL GORDONPort AllenLA4/27/16$20.00
ANITA GREENSlaughterLA4/27/16$20.00
CHRISTINE N GREENAngieLA4/27/16$20.00
LISA G HAYESDenham SpringsLA4/27/16$20.00
CYNTHIA Y HENDERSONShreveportLA4/27/16$20.00
GWENDOLYN A HILLBaton RougeLA4/27/16$20.00
SHELIA A IRVINDarrowLA4/27/16$20.00
ANTHONY G JACKSONJenaLA4/27/16$20.00
VICKY B JOHNSTONLake CharlesLA4/27/16$20.00
DOUGLAS E JONESAngieLA4/27/16$20.00
LAMONICA S JONESWest MonroeLA4/27/16$20.00
LINDA A JONESAbbevilleLA4/27/16$20.00
DAWN M JORDANShreveportLA4/27/16$20.00
MELINDA MANGHAMLafayetteLA4/27/16$20.00
CAMMIE M MATURINNew IberiaLA4/27/16$20.00
MICHAEL H MCCOYShreveportLA4/27/16$20.00
DEBORAH MEAUXBaton RougeLA4/27/16$100.00
LEANA MILLERScottLA4/27/16$20.00
TIA T MILLSBaton RougeLA4/27/16$5.00
DENISE G MOULEDOUSAbbevilleLA4/27/16$20.00
D’SHAY P OAKSVidaliaLA4/27/16$20.00
STEPHANIE D OWENSShreveportLA4/27/16$40.00
JANICE R PEREAHoumaLA4/27/16$5.00
FREDRICK L PINKNEYRustonLA4/27/16$40.00
CHRISTINA E PRESLEYBossier CityLA4/27/16$40.00
KAREN J RICHARDSONKaplanLA4/27/16$20.00
SUZETTE S RIDDLEAbbevilleLA4/27/16$20.00
LUCIAN D ROBERSONShreveportLA4/27/16$85.00
CYNDY W RUTHERFORDBaton RougeLA4/27/16$20.00
SHERLEEN SANDERSBaton RougeLA4/27/16$20.00
SARA SCOTTDenham SpringsLA4/27/16$20.00
ROSLYNN A SEIBOLDMontegutLA4/27/16$100.00
ROSLYNN A SEIBOLDMontegutLA4/27/16$100.00
EMMA SHEPARDShreveportLA4/27/16$20.00
MELISSA G SIKESChurch PointLA4/27/16$60.00
VICTORIA M SIMMONSHoumaLA4/27/16$40.00
PATSY L SONNIERScottLA4/27/16$20.00
ELIZABETH A SULLIVANShreveportLA4/27/16$20.00
KATINA R THOMSPON- GIVENSBakerLA4/27/16$4.75
VELVA J TRASKWalkerLA4/27/16$20.00
DIANE VICKERSBaton RougeLA4/27/16$20.00
PAULA WILLIAMSMonroeLA4/27/16$20.00
DONNA M WILRIDGEBranchLA4/27/16$20.00
ERNESTINE S WINSLOWClarenceLA4/27/16$20.00
JOHN R WRIGHTSorrentoLA4/27/16$20.00
LOUISIANA ASSOCIATION OF EDUCATORSBaton RougeLA5/5/16$5,942.98
DEBORAH MEAUXBaton RougeLA6/14/16$100.00
SUZETTE S RIDDLEAbbevilleLA6/14/16$10.00
WILLIAM S RIDDLEAbbevilleLA6/14/16$20.00
AMY C BERGERONScottLA6/16/16$20.00
JOHNELL D CELESTINEOpelousasLA6/16/16$50.00
DOLORES CORMIER-ZENONCarencroLA6/16/16$40.00
LYNDA GUIDRYBaton RougeLA6/16/16$100.00
INETTE MALVEAUXNew IberiaLA6/16/16$20.00
KAREN MERRITTShreveportLA6/16/16$20.00
WILLIAM S RIDDLEAbbevilleLA6/16/16$10.00
ANGELA ROTHERMELBaton RougeLA6/16/16$20.00
SHERLEEN SANDERSBaton RougeLA6/16/16$20.00
PRUDENCE SPOONERPort AllenLA6/16/16$20.00
ALISHIA VALLIENOpelousasLA6/16/16$20.00
LOUISIANA ASSOCIATION OF EDUCATORSBaton RougeLA6/17/16$5,697.29
SUZANNE D BREAUXAbbevilleLA7/1/16$20.00
THAI BROWDERFranklinLA7/1/16$30.00
DILEK BUCHHOLZBaton RougeLA7/1/16$20.00
HERMAN CLAYTONLutcherLA7/1/16$20.00
JIM CROADMindenLA7/1/16$5.00
KRISTIE DALTONZacharyLA7/1/16$10.00
JENNIFER L DUGALAbbevilleLA7/1/16$20.00
DARYL GATESShreveportLA7/1/16$10.00
BARBARA GROTHCrowleyLA7/1/16$30.00
EVET HARRISArcadiaLA7/1/16$10.00
CYNTHIA Y HENDERSONShreveportLA7/1/16$10.00
ELLEN HOLMESPalermoME7/1/16$10.00
HEATHER HUNTERSilver SpringMD7/1/16$10.00
CAROLYN F JONESHarveyLA7/1/16$20.00
DAWN M JORDANShreveportLA7/1/16$20.00
AUSTIN LENORACentervilleLA7/1/16$30.00
LOUISIANA ASSOCIATION OF EDUCATORSBaton RougeLA7/1/16$8,475.03
GREGG MILLSAlexandriaLA7/1/16$20.00
ALICIA MITCHELLMonroeLA7/1/16$20.00
D’SHAY P OAKSVidaliaLA7/1/16$20.00
ANNIE J OLIPHANTNatchitochesLA7/1/16$20.00
ALMETRA PIERCECentervilleLA7/1/16$10.00
CHRISTINA E PRESLEYBossier CityLA7/1/16$20.00
KAREN J RICHARDSONKaplanLA7/1/16$60.00
LUCIAN D ROBERSONShreveportLA7/1/16$10.00
TRACI ROMERONew IberiaLA7/1/16$20.00
CYNDY W RUTHERFORDBaton RougeLA7/1/16$20.00
GRANT SHREINERNew OrleansLA7/1/16$10.00
ASHLEY SPURLOCKNew IberiaLA7/1/16$20.00
VALERIE STOVALLShreveportLA7/1/16$10.00
WANDESHA TRAYLORMonroeLA7/1/16$20.00
SHELIA WASHINGTONLake CharlesLA7/1/16$20.00
VERNON WELLSBaton RougeLA7/1/16$10.00
RENITA B WHITRACKBaton RougeLA7/1/16$20.00
DONNA M WILRIDGEBranchLA7/1/16$20.00
ERNESTINE S WINSLOWClarenceLA7/1/16$20.00
LOUISIANA ASSOCIATION OF EDUCATORSBaton RougeLA7/8/16$2,366.50
PATRICIA CLARKGreensburgLA7/14/16$20.00
PATRICIA CLARKGreensburgLA7/14/16$20.00
KIMERBLY K DOMANGUEDusonLA7/14/16$20.00
ANDREA GALLIANOHoumaLA7/14/16$20.00
GWENDOLYN A HILLBaton RougeLA7/14/16$20.00
LOUISIANA ASSOCIATION OF EDUCATORSBaton RougeLA8/1/16$6,001.31
LOUISIANA ASSOCIATION OF EDUCATORSBaton RougeLA9/1/16$7,100.30
LOUISIANA ASSOCIATION OF EDUCATORSBaton RougeLA10/12/16$7,396.70
WILLIAM S RIDDLEAbbevilleLA10/3/16$10.00
LOUISIANA ASSOCIATION OF EDUCATORSBaton RougeLA11/9/16$5,439.64
DEBORAH MEAUXBaton RougeLA11/4/16$25.00
WILLIAM S RIDDLEAbbevilleLA11/13/16$10.00
LOUISIANA ASSOCIATION OF EDUCATORSBaton RougeLA12/8/16$7,685.95

LAE PAC Disbursements

Disbursements: General Expenses

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RECIPIENTCITYSTATEDETAILSDATEAMOUNT
ASSOCIATION OF LOUISIANA LOBBYISTSBaton RougeLAConference Fee1/6/16$295.00
CAMPAIGN FINANCEBaton RougeLAStatement of Organization1/27/16$100.00
HOTEL MONTELEONENew OrleansLATravel Expense1/15/16$601.40
LOUISIANA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVESBaton RougeLALobbyist Badges1/6/16$40.00
MYSTICK KREWE OF LOUISIANIANS INC.Baton RougeLAEvent Expense1/15/16$1,000.00
ROUSES MARKET #29New OrleansLAEvent Supplies1/15/16$216.01
ST. LANDRY PARISH DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEOpelousasLAEvent Expense1/15/16$280.00
LEADERS WITH VISIONBaton RougeLAContribution2/16/16$180.00
LEGISCONBaton RougeLASpecial Session Fee2/16/16$650.00
POSTLETHWAITE & NETTERVILLEBaton RougeLAPAC Management and Reporting Services3/21/16$3,000.00
GLOBAL TRANSPORTATION & LIMOUSINE SERVICES LLMetairieLATransportation Expense4/5/16$600.00
HARRINGTON’S CAFEBaton RougeLAEvent Sponsorship4/14/16$412.16
HOUSE DEMOCRATIC CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE OF LABaton RougeLAEvent Sponsorship4/27/16$1,750.00
LOUISIANA FEDERATION OF TEACHERSBaton RougeLAEvent Sponsorship4/4/16$1,750.00
LOUISIANA LEGISLATIVE BLACK CAUCUSBaton RougeLAContribution4/4/16$2,500.00
MORE VOTES LLCJacksonMSLive ID calls on behalf of the Vereta Lee Campaign4/14/16$1,300.00
POSTLETHWAITE & NETTERVILLEBaton RougeLAPAC Management and Reporting Services5/13/16$700.00
REPUBLICAN LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION COMMITTEEBaton RougeLA2016 Elephant Stomp Fee5/13/16$1,250.00
BATON ROUGE MARRIOTBaton RougeLAEvent Expense6/27/16$2,366.50
DEMOCRACY ENGINEWashingtonDCCredit Card Processing Fees6/16/16$0.67
NORTHSHORE COMMUNITY FOUNDATIONCovingtonLAHOOPLA Sponsorship6/27/16$1,000.00
SQUARE INC.San FranciscoCACredit Card Processing Fees6/14/16$4.70
SQUARE INC.San FranciscoCACredit Card Processing Fees6/16/16$9.08
AABACO SMALL BUSINESSSunnyvaleCAWebsite Expense7/25/16$101.77
NALPSEDenverCOAnnual Dues7/25/16$350.00
WALMART SUPERSTOREMansuraLAEvent Supplies7/25/16$419.72
FEDEXLafayetteLAPrinting Expense8/8/16$87.37
LOUISIANA DEMOCRATIC PARTYBaton RougeLAEvent Tickets8/8/16$2,000.00
RUCK.USNew YorkNYWebsite Expense8/8/16$20.00
ANGELA K MAURERDevilleLARefund of LAE PAC Dues9/26/16$10.00
ELISE SAUCEMorgan CityLARefund of LAE PAC Dues9/26/16$10.00
BURCHIE L SMITHEdmondOKRefund of LAE PAC Dues9/26/16$10.00
ANEDOTBaton RougeLACredit Card Processing Fees10/3/16$0.69
EVENTBRITESan FranciscoLALafayette Lifetime Achievement Banquet10/12/16$472.16
HYATT REGENCY NEW ORLEANSNew OrleansLATravel Expense10/12/16$430.86
HYATT REGENCY NEW ORLEANSNew OrleansLATravel Expense10/12/16$59.57
LOUISIANA LEGISLATIVE BLACK CAUCUSBaton RougeLAAnnual Legislative Conference Tickets10/13/16$3,000.00
ANEDOTBaton RougeLACredit Card Processing Fees11/4/16$1.27
ANEDOTBaton RougeLACredit Card Processing Fees11/13/16$0.69
THE COMMITTEE FOR A BATTER WEST BATON ROUGEBruslyLAContribution11/7/16$1,000.00
CANTINA LAREDONashvilleTNFood & Beverage12/12/16$99.87
LOEWS VANDERBILT HOTELNashvilleTNLodging12/12/16$1,253.35
LOUISIANA ASSOCIATION OF EDUCATORSBaton RougeLATable Sponsorship12/6/16$450.00
LOUISIANA ASSOCIATION OF EDUCATORSBaton RougeLAPayment of In-Kind Contributions for Carl Gaines Jr.12/6/16$905.98
LOUISIANA DEMOCRATIC PARTYBaton RougeLAContribution12/6/16$2,500.00
RACETRAC 492Baton RougeLAEvent Supplies12/15/16$549.86
WILLIAM S RIDDLEAbbevilleLAMileage Expense12/12/16$550.00
THE SOUTHERNNashvilleTNFood & Beverage12/12/16$130.94
UNION COMMONNashvilleTNFood & Beverage12/12/16$85.01

Disbursements: Campaign Contributions

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RECIPIENTCITYSTATEDETAILSDATEAMOUNT
LAWRENCE A. (LARRY) BAGLEYLogansportLAContribution for Debt Retirement1/15/16$1,000.00
SHARON HEWITT CAMPAIGN FUNDSlidellLAContribution for Debt Retirement1/15/16$500.00
JOHN MILKOVICHShreveportLAContribution for Debt Retirement1/15/16$2,500.00
DAWN COLLINSBaton RougeLA 2/25/16$1,000.00
VERETA LEE CAMPAIGN FUNDBaton RougeLA 3/3/16$1,000.00
CARL GAINES, JR.VioletLADirect Mail Printing10/28/16$412.50
CARL GAINES, JR.VioletLAPostage for Direct Mail10/31/16$291.77
LAWRENCE A. (LARRY) BAGLEYLogansportLAContribution for Debt Retirement11/7/16$250.00
JEFF HALL CAMPAIGNAlexandriaLA 11/7/16$250.00
FRIENDS OF WESLEY BISHOPNew OrleansLA 12/6/16$500.00
SHARON W BROOMEBaton RougeLA 12/6/16$2,500.00

LAE PAC Fund Balance



Louisiana Federation of Teachers PAC

The Louisiana Federation of Teachers is the state affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers, whose local unions include the United Teachers of New Orleans and the Jefferson Federation of Teachers. LFT The data below covers the period from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016.

LFT PAC Receipts

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NAMECITYSTATEDATEAMOUNT
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERSWashingtonDC1/5/16$28,363.94
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERSWashingtonDC3/24/16$25,398.26
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERSWashingtonDC5/11/16$1,750.00
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERSWashingtonDC6/9/16$45,941.15
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERSWashingtonDC7/22/16$38,867.01
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERSWashingtonDC11/7/16$24,330.78

LFT PAC Disbursements

Disbursements: General Expenses

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NAMECITYSTATEDETAILSDATEAMOUNT
LOUISIANA GOVERNMENTAL STUDIES INC.LafayetteLA2016 Legislative Directories1/4/16$450.00
CAMPAIGN FINANCEBaton RougeLAStatement of Organization fee 20161/25/16$100.00
LEGLUE & CO. CPASNew OrleansLAAccounting fees Aug. 2015 – Dec. 20151/25/16$1,875.00
LOUISIANA BOARD OF ETHICSBaton RougeLALobbying Registration Fees – K. Bishop2/3/16$110.00
OFFICE OF SERGEANT AT ARMS-HOUSEBaton RougeLA2016 Lobbyist Badge2/3/16$10.00
LOUISIANA BOARD OF ETHICSBaton RougeLA2016 – Lobbying Registration Fees2/5/16$550.00
LEGISCON INC.Baton RougeLALegislative Materials – Invoice #178132/22/16$4,725.00
LEGISCON INC.Baton RougeLAUser’s Guide – K. Bishop2/25/16$65.00
LOUISIANA DEMOCRATIC PARTYBaton RougeLAGovernor’s Circle Contribution for Breakfast Honoring Patrons3/14/16$5,000.00
LOUISIANA SENATE DEMOCRATIC CAMPAIGN COMMITTEEBaton RougeLA21st Annual Taste of the Senate3/21/16$3,500.00
LOUISIANA LEGISLATIVE BLACK CAUCUSBaton RougeLADonation3/29/16$2,500.00
LOUISIANA DEMOCRATIC PARTYBaton RougeLA2016 Donkey Romp Main Event4/6/16$1,750.00
HARRINGTON’S CAFE’Baton RougeLAHouse Democratic Caucus Lunch4/15/16$412.16
MORE VOTES LLCJacksonMSCalls made on behalf of Vereta Lee for Primary Election4/15/16$1,300.00
LOUISIANA LEGISLATIVE WOMEN’SBaton RougeLA2016 Women of Excellence (Chrisandra Lee)4/29/16$100.00
TREASURER OF THE STATE OF LABaton RougeLALate filing penalty for the April 2016 Lobbyist Expenditure Report6/10/16$50.00
LOUISIANA ASSOCIATION OF EDUCATORSBaton RougeLALAE/LFT 2016 School Funding Campaign7/6/16$495.00
MORE VOTES LLCJacksonMSCalls – LA Legislators7/6/16$3,763.50
LOUISIANA ASSOCIATION OF EDUCATORSBaton RougeLALAE/LFT 2016 School Funding Campaign7/14/16$2,132.14
LOUISIANA DEMOCRATIC PARTYBaton RougeLA2016 Jefferson/Jackson Dinner Sponsorship7/27/16$2,000.00
LOUISIANA LEGISLATIVE BLACK CAUCUSBaton RougeLA2016 Bayou Classic Scholarship Jazz Brunch9/30/16$1,500.00
HEALTHY LOUISIANA ECONOMY PACNew OrleansLAPAC cashed check originally issued in 2014 and written off as uncashed in 2016.10/19/16$2,500.00
LEGLUE & CO. CPASNew OrleansLAAccounting fees Jan. 2016 – Oct. 201611/14/16$3,750.00
LOUISIANA BOARD OF ETHICSBaton RougeLA2017 – Lobbying Registration Fees12/13/16$550.00
LOUISIANA GOVERNMENTAL STUDIES INC.LafayetteLA2017 Legislative Directories12/19/16$1,125.00

Disbursements: Campaign Contributions

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RECIPIENTCITYSTATEDETAILSDATEAMOUNT
DAWN COLLINS CAMPAIGNBaton RougeLASchool Board – District 4 East Baton Rouge.1/25/16$1,000.00
JOHN MILKOVICH CAMPAIGN FUNDShreveportLALA State Senate1/26/16$2,500.00
VERETA LEE CAMPAIGN FUNDBaton RougeLALA House of Representatives – Dist. 293/14/16$1,000.00
VERETA LEE CAMPAIGN FUNDBaton RougeLALA House of Representatives – Dist. 294/19/16$1,500.00
BARBARA NORTON CAMPAIGNShreveportLACampaign contribution12/6/16$2,500.00
COMMITTEE TO ELECT GARY CARTER JR.New OrleansLADebt Retirement 2015 Primary Election12/5/16$250.00

LFT PAC Fund Balance

Written by Peter Cook

Pete became involved in education reform as a 2002 Teach For America corps member in New Orleans Public Schools and has worked in various capacities at Teach For America, KIPP, TNTP, and the Recovery School District. As a consultant, he developed teacher evaluation systems and served as a strategic advisor to school district leaders in Cleveland, Nashville, Chattanooga, and Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. He now writes about education policy and politics and lives in New Orleans.

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