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Campaign 2008 by the Numbers

November 05, 2008

Here’s a look at AFSCME’s unprecedented 2008 campaign efforts, by the numbers:

Member Program

  • 455 AFSCME staff deployed in 17 battleground states
  • Over 11,700 volunteers working in 17 battleground states
  • Over 40,000 volunteers working across the country
  • Over 720 AFSCME volunteers from other states on buses to battleground states
  • 4.3 million calls made to members from AFSCME International phone banks regarding Presidential race
  • 1.03 million calls made to members from AFSCME International phone banks regarding U.S. Senate and Congressional races
  • Over 454,000 calls made to members from AFSCME International phone banks regarding down ballot races
  • Over 950,000 volunteer calls to members in 17 battleground states
  • Over 246,300 home visits made to AFSCME member households
  • 2600 worksites visited by volunteers and members
  • 1.25 million pieces of mail sent to member households
  • 1.2 million emails sent to members
  • 65,000 postcards sent from volunteers to AFSCME members

Non-Partisan

  • 36 staff working on non-partisan efforts in Florida, New Mexico and Wisconsin
  • Over $800,000 spent on non-partisan activities in Florida, Ohio, Nevada, Wisconsin and New Mexico
  • Over 100,000 non-partisan flyers distributed at homes
  • Over 90,000 door hangers distributed at homes over election weekend

Independent Expenditures
$19,384,800 spent on AFSCME’s independent expenditure activities during the general election, of which:

  • $7,625,000 was spent on express advocacy
  • $11,306,800 was spent on issue advocacy
  • $6,630,500 was spent on independent activity in U.S. Senate races
  • $7,668,300 was spent on independent activity in U.S. House races
  • $2,184,595 was contributed to candidates and leadership PAC’s
  • $6,905,000 total spent on U.S. Senate races
  • $9,578,395 total spent on U.S. House races
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