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Labor Leaders Own Owens

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Matt Doheny continues his "50 Businesses, 50 Days" tour this week by touring manufacturing and construction companies in the 21st District. As he does during every tour, the candidate will be listening to business owners as they offer ways in which the federal government can spur job growth.

Bill Owens, Doheny's Democratic opponent, has taken votes that threaten to kill American manufacturing jobs. Why? Because he's beholden to big labor.

"Labor unions have poured $513,450 into Bill Owens' campaign coffers, including $91,500 before he took a single vote," said Matt Doheny, the Republican, Independence and Conservative candidate in the 21st Congressional District. "In turn, my opponent is repaying that generosity by voting to protect the interests of labor leadership."

Owens voted against the Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act, which was a response to the unprecedented action by the National Labor Relations Board. (Roll Call #711, 9/15/11)

The NRLB filed a legal complaint to prevent Boeing from starting a production line for 787 Dreamliner in South Carolina, when the work had previously been done in Washington state.

"One of a congressman's main duties is to be salesman-in-chief for their district," said Doheny. "Boeing made a multi-billion dollar commitment to the people of South Carolina and created thousands of quality jobs, only to have the government try to idle part of it. If a company made a commitment to relocate jobs from another part of the country to Bill Owens' district, would he have been so reckless in siding with labor leaders?"

Doheny concluded: "Companies see what the NRLB did to Boeing and it impacts their decision-making. I am concerned that this clear overreach by the Obama administration will convince businesses to move jobs where the NRLB has no jurisdiction: overseas."

FROM LABOR, WITH LOVE: BILL OWENS' POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS

* American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees: $30,000

* American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO: $25,000

* International Association of Firefighters: $25,000

* International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers: $25,000

* SEIU: $25,000

* United Food & Commercial Workers International Union: $25,000

* United Steelworkers Political Action Fund: $25,000

* DRIVE Committee: $23,000

* United Association Political Education Committee: $20,500

* American Postal Workers Union Committee on Political Action: $20,000

* Committee on Letter Carriers Political Education: $20,000

* Communications Workers of America -- COPE: $20,000

* Laborers' International Union of North America: $20,000

* National Air Traffic Controllers Association PAC: $15,000

* International Union of Operating Engineers: $13,000

* Sheet Metal Worker's International Association: $12,500

* Machinists Non-Partisan Political League: $10,000

* New York State Laborers' PAC: $10,000

* Transportation Intermediaries Association: $10,000

* Amalgamated Transit Union -- COPE: $9,500

* National Treasury Employees PAC: $9,500

* Bricklayers and Allied Crafters Political Action Committee: $9,000

* UAW-V-CAP: $9,000

* American Federation of Government Employees: $8,000

* International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers: $7,000

* Airline Pilots Association PAC: $6,500

* International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees: $6,500

* International Brotherhood of Boilermakers: $6,000

* National Association of Broadcasters PAC: $6,000

* AFL-CIO COPE: $5,000

* OPEIU: $5,000

* UA Political Education Committee: $5,000

* International Union of Painters and Allied Trades: $4,500

* United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 773: $4,500

* Engineers Political Education Committee / International Union of Operating Engineers: $4,000

* International Longshoremen's Association: $4,000

* Transport Workers Union: $4,000

* United Transportation Union PAC: $3,500

* American Maritime Officers Voluntary Political Action Fund: $3,000

* Carpenters Legislative Improvement Committee / United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners: $3,000

* International Association of Heat & Frost Insulators & Allied Workers: $3,000

* NAPUS PAC for Postmasters: $3,000

* National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association: $3,000

* Seafarers Political Activity Donation: $3,000

* Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen: $2,000

* National Association of Farm Service Agency County Office Employees: $1,000

* National Rural Letter Carriers Association: $1,000

* Local 450-A USWA: $500

* Farmers Education & Co-Operative Union of America: $250

* Iron Worker's Local Union No. 12: $200


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