Teamsters Make First Donation In Decades To RNC, Records Show

The political committee for the powerful Teamsters’ Union has made its first donation to the Republican National Committee (RNC) in two decades — donating the maximum contribution permitted soon after meeting with former president and current GOP primary frontrunner Donald Trump.

According to federal donations records, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters gave $45,000 to the RNC soon after holding a second meeting in January between union leaders and Trump. The Teamsters are a labor union made up of roughly 1.3 million workers at UPS and other transportation companies across the United States and Canada.

The presidential roundtable meeting between Trump and the Teamsters’ leadership — including the union executive board, General President Sean O’Brien, General Secretary-Treasurer Fred Zuckerman and several Teamsters members — was held at the union’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., in late January. The union’s initial meeting with Trump occurred on Jan. 4, where the GOP primary frontrunner was attempting to gain the support of union workers.

Democrats have had a virtual stranglehold on union leadership support for decades, with the Teamsters donating $135,000 to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in Dec. 2023 and $15,000 in March 2023, according to The Washington Post.

In a press conference following the second meeting, Trump expressed his belief that he had a “good shot” at receiving the Teamsters’ endorsement.

Meanwhile, O’Brien claimed during the same press conference that the Biden administration had supposedly “been great for unions” — while also admitting that he was uncertain who the Teamsters would support in the 2024 presidential race, as the union still has “some more questions that need to be asked to both candidates.”

Thus far, the union has not yet issued its endorsements for this year’s presidential election, while many other large unions have unsurprisingly announced their endorsements for President Joe Biden.

The Teamsters’ Union endorsed Biden in 2020, failed Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016 and former President Barack Obama in both 2008 and 2012.

Several prominent conservatives have expressed shock at the union’s donation to the RNC, including author and Newsweek opinion editor Batya Ungar-Sargon declaring it to be the “biggest story this week” during an appearance on Fox Business’ “Kudlow.”

She shared a clip of the conversation in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, writing: “The biggest story this week is the Teamsters Union giving $45K to the RNC weeks after meeting with Trump. Trump talks about the economy like working-class people: more tariffs—less tax cuts. He sounds more like a New Deal Dem than a Reaganite.”

Meanwhile, despite Federal Elections Commission (FEC) records clearly showing the Teamsters’ donation, the RNC has denied receiving the funds.

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