by Joe Yerardi | inewsource

Last spring, organized labor pushed hard but unsuccessfully to convince Democratic Representatives Scott Peters and Susan Davis to oppose fast-track consideration of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. Peter was a particular focus of unions’ efforts: they threatened to find a Democrat to challenge him in the primary and spend millions of dollars to oppose his re-election.

An inewsource analysis of Federal Election Commission data shows that contributions from labor unions to Peters and Davis did in fact drop significantly.

But the damage seems to be limited otherwise, at least so far. The San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council’s promised primary candidate never appeared, Federal Communications Commission records show the AFL-CIO has yet to reserve any space for negative ads locally and Peters now says he’s likely to vote for the TPP itself.

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