March 4, 2016 | Number of The Day
NJEA spending on lobbying and communication in 2015

The New Jersey Education Association spent a whopping $10,348,911 in 2015 on lobbying and communication, overwhelming any other organization in the state and showing the vast resources the teachers union can unload on an issue. Most of the money, as detailed by to the state’s Election Laws Enforcement Commission yesterday, went to two ad campaigns: one against the state’s launch of new PARCC testing and the other urging full funding of the state’s pension system for its nearly 200,000 members. The spending is in the ELEC’s annual summary of lobbying spending for the prior year, including other big lobbying pushes by other groups over transportation funding and healthcare oversight.