Anti-union group not reporting political activity

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Anti-union group not reporting political activity
By Andrew Brown, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

An anti-union group linked to organizations involved in campaign violations in Montana and allegedly unreported political contributions in Iowa has mailed pro-Republican political material to voters in West Virginia, while not reporting that activity to the Secretary of State’s Office.

Letters obtained by the Gazette-Mail show that a group operating under the name West Virginia Right to Work Committee has mailed out letters that praise state senators Greg Boso, R-Nicholas, and Chris Walters, R-Putnam, for supporting the state’s recently passed right-to-work law and criticize their Democratic opponents for not returning a survey about the issue.

“With control of state government up for grabs this fall, you can be sure Big Labor is going all-out to put the Mountain State back under its forced-unionism stranglehold,” the letters read.

The Republican-backed right-to-work law bans labor unions from collecting dues from non-union employees, while allowing those workers to continue to benefit from the union’s wage and benefit negotiations. West Virginia became the 26th state to pass such a law earlier this year, with the Republican-led Legislature overriding Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s veto of the bill.

That law has become one of the key issues in this year’s legislative elections, prompting labor groups to donate tens of thousands of dollars directly to Democratic candidates and a third-party advertising campaign.

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