On July 9, 2004, the Union of Needletrades, Industrial, and Textile Employees (UNITE) merged with the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees (HERE) to form the politically progressive UNITE HERE. This union has given millions of dollars in “hard” and “soft” money contributions to political candidates; the vast majority of these funds have gone to Democrats. In 2008, UNITE HERE supported Barack Obama during the Democratic presidential primaries, running attack ads against Hillary Clinton that injected racial politics into the election. The union is also a part of the pro-amnesty lobby on immigration reform and helped to organize major “immigrant-rights” rallies in 2006 and 2010.

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