Commentators often remark on the relative decline of organized laborís political clout over recent decades. Yet from recent big city mayorís races such as those in Boston and New York to national campaigns to raise the minimum wage, labor unions continue to wield influence in certain circumstances. According to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, organized labor organizations donated approximately $76 million during the 2008 election cycle and more $141 million during the 2012 election, with more than 90% going to Democrats. However, while those numbers may seem large, laborís political donations are now dwarfed by Republican-affiliated super PACs.
- See more at: The influence of union membership on political participation and social capital Journalist's Resource: Research for Reporting, from Harvard Shorenstein Center