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Posted Jun 5, 2012 by Lindsay Peterson
Updated Jun 5, 2012 at 10:44 AM
Facing cuts and layoffs, university faculty may not be inclined to reach into their pockets these days, but USF’s faculty union is trying to raise some political action cash.
This year’s legislative session was pretty much a disaster for the state universities.
Lawmakers cut about $300 million from their budgets. This was in addition to cuts over the previous four years, so the union is trying to get a pro-higher education attitude going in Tallahassee.
“We need to help reasonable candidates get elected this fall, and we need to build relationships with legislators we will be dealing with next spring,” said last week’s UFF newsletter.
The union can’t use dues money for political activities, but it can fund a PAC.
And members can have PAC contributions deducted from their paychecks.
Another university group was formed last week to raise money and political awareness.
Florida Poly Vision, Inc., organizers said they will speak for the new Florida Polytechnic University until it has a board of trustees to take over. One wonders, however, if it really will pack up and go away after the new board is assembled in the next several weeks.
Poly Vision set itself up as a 501(c)(4), which means it can lobby office holders and support political candidates.
Also, its donors list will be private.
The USF faculty PAC contributors won’t have that protection.