Sweeney Labors in Vain for Campaign Cash

The AFL-CIO president asked union chiefs assembled in New Orleans for big bucks to back candidates in November. So far, he hasn't got it

After months of internal wrangling, the AFL-CIO's Executive Council failed on Feb. 26 to endorse the 2002 budget AFL-CIO President John J. Sweeney wants to fund contributions in the fall political elections. Sweeney vows that the federation will spend some $35 million in this Presidential midterm election cycle. But he's still about $10 million short.

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