The Rural Carrier Updates blog notes that the National Rural Letter Carriers Association’s political action committee contributed $10,000 to California Congressman Darrell Issa during the 2010 election cycle. According to data published by OpenSecrets.org, the NRLCA PAC also contributed $10,000 to Issa’s “Invest in a Strong & Secure America” PAC. The NRLCA PAC contributed over a quarter of a million dollars to Republican candidates in 2009-2010, including House Speaker John Boehner, Congressmen Paul Ryan and Eric Cantor, and Senator Susan Collins. Democrats in Congress received $623,000 from the NRLCA PAC. (As with all union political action committees, contributions come from voluntary member donations, not from union dues.)
Update: as several commenters have pointed out, the National Association of Letter Carriers PAC has also contributed to Issa. The NALC contributed $4,000 to Issa in the 2009-2010 cycle, and actually endorsed him for re-election that year. The union withdrew its endorsement in September after Issa claimed, falsely, that the USPS was looking for a “taxpayer bailout”.
In addition to the contributions from letter carriers, Issa also received $5,000 from the Mail Handlers PAC, $6,500 from the National Association of Postal Supervisors PAC, $5,000 from the APWU PAC, $7,000 from NAPUS, and $3,500 from the League of Postmasters.