By the numbers: Teachers union political contributions in 2016

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The following are details on political contributions from teachers unions in 2016, based on federal campaign data: 

  • Political contributions hit a high in 2016, where donations hit $33.2 million. Of the money that went to politicians directly, 93 percent went to Democrats.

The top three contributors (including money to candidates, parties and outside groups) were:

  • The National Education Association ($23.7 million)
  • American Federation of Teachers ($8.8 million)
  • AFT Solidarity ($425,000)

The three top recipients of direct donations were:

  • Hillary Clinton ($147,801)
  • Former Montana State Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau ($36,790)
  • Rep. Mike Honda, D-Calif. ($35,000)
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt. ($29,756)
  • Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. ($26,500)

Total contributions to Congress given by teachers unions:

  • $2,176,523 to House Democrats
  • $138,786 to Senate Democrats
  • $199,664 to House Republicans
  • $13,195 to Senate Republicans