Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Teamsters Union to Endorse Barack Obama

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Sen. Barack Obama is poised to get the
endorsement of the powerful Teamsters, the second major union
endorsement for the Democratic front-runner in a week, union
officials told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
Obama will meet with Teamster President James P. Hoffa in
Austin, Texas, on Wednesday. The endorsement is expected to come
soon thereafter, said the officials, speaking on condition of
anonymity because of the planned formal announcement.
The Teamsters represent 1.4 million members.
The Democratic presidential contenders have lobbied hard for the
Teamster endorsement because of the power the union wields through
its fundraising for Democratic candidates and get-out-the-vote
programs. The Teamsters gave more than $2.2 million to Democrats in
federal races in 2004. They have given more than $24 million to
Democratic election causes since 1989, according to the Center for
Responsive Politics.
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