The payments were made primarily by AFL-CIO electrical and postal workers, Politico reported. And they were sent along with the stipulation they go toward “political” or “representational” uses, Politico found.
MSNBC spokeswoman Lauren Skowronski justified the payments as advertising dollars for Mr. Schultz’s radio show, website and speaking gigs. On top of that, all the funds from his speaking engagements go to charity — an MSNBC policy, she said.
“Independent from MSNBC, Ed’s radio show and website sell advertising to a variety of clients, both union and non-union,” she said, Politico reported. “Also … Ed has donated the honorarium from speaking engagements to charity.”
Mr. Schultz has a long and lucrative history with union dollars.