Unions ready to send volunteers out for Obama

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Associated Press

Posted on August 9, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 9 at 2:01 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Labor unions plan to send out more than 300,000 volunteers later this month to canvass voters to support President Barack Obama's re-election.

The effort begins on Aug. 25, when activists fan out across 27 states during a national "day of action."

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says a record 400,000 union-based volunteers will be knocking on doors and talking to voters in all 50 states later this year.

For the first time, unions can use their funds to target non-union households as well as those with family members in a union. That change comes as a result of the Supreme Court's landmark campaign finance decision in Citizens United.

Roughly two-thirds of voters in union households backed Obama in 2008.

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