The Democratic Party’s largest soft money support network, the unions, announced their plans to spend more than $53 million in the 2010 midterm elections. According to the Wall Street Journal article disclosing the union strategy:
The AFL-CIO is planning its biggest political campaign ever this year, surpassing the $53 million spent in 2008 to help elect President Barack Obama
Trying to avert a Republican takeover of both the House and Senate in the November midterm elections, the labor federation is focusing on a “firewall” of six states with key congressional elections and relatively high numbers of union households: California, New York, Illinois, Nevada, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
It is anticipated that a significant portion of the funds will be used to finance independent expenditures advocating the election of specific Democratic candidates. After Citizens United, unions are permitted to sponsor independent expenditures so long as the disclaimer and disclosure requirements are satisfied.