Mitt Romney, who is on record saying that people and corporations should be allowed to contribute any amount they want to a campaign, doesn’t seem to think that should apply to teachers unions. Because that would be a conflict of interest.
In an interview with NBC’s Brian Williams at a network-sponsored forum on education, Romney accused teachers unions of putting their own interests above students. He said their contributions to politicians in charge of education issues are unfairly influencing the system, especially when it comes to contract negotiations.
“We have to get the money from teachers unions out of the campaigns. … We’ve got to separate that,” Romney said. “It’s an extraordinary conflict of interest.”
And why is that any more of a conflict of interest than a corporation giving contributions to a politician who is going to vote on bills that have a huge impact on their bottom line? I mean, it’s a convenient position for Romney, since it would benefit him by preventing a big supporter of his opponent from getting contributions, but it’s not a rational and consistent position in the least.
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