Coalition of Liberals and Labor to Spend Big on November Elections

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Washington (AP) A loose coalition of liberal and labor organizations expects to spend about 150 million dollars this fall to push its causes and help democrats win the White House and strengthen their grip on congress.

Participants include the two main labor coalitions – the AFL-CIO and change to win -- as well as and voter mobilization groups for minorities and young people.

Liberal and labor strategists say an animated democratic electorate and a dispirited republican base have created a political environment tailor-made to advance their agenda.

While the commitment of money is sizable, the amount spent by democratic-leaning groups is likely to grow after democrats choose a presidential nominee and large donors turn their attention to mobilizing a fall campaign. An independent fundraising group, the
Fund for America, plans to raise 100 million to help democrats win in the fall.