According to the Department of Energy (DOE), the Biden administration is investing roughly $3.5 billion to modernize the country’s electrical system, and many of the sponsored projects will benefit a labor union that has generously donated to Democratic candidates and organizations.
The $3.46 billion will contribute to President Joe Biden’s pro-union, pro-green infrastructure plan and be distributed through the bipartisan Infrastructure Law of 2021.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), a labor union that has donated massively to Democratic candidates and groups in recent election cycles, will be a partner in a large number of the projects that will receive cash from the DOE.
The money from the DOE is also in line with the Justice40 policy of the Biden administration, which means that 40% of the spending’s advantages will go to historically “disadvantaged communities,” according to the DOE.
According to the DOE, the IBEW is a partner in around 75% of the projects receiving federal financing.
The union and its affiliates collectively donated more than $9.3 million to Democratic candidates and groups in the 2020 and 2022 election seasons.
The IBEW donated more than $3.1 million to the Democrat-aligned Senate Majority PAC for the 2020 election cycle and $670,000 to the Democratic National Committee Services Corp. for the 2020 and 2022 elections, respectively.