UPS Influences The Government
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Who is the controversial Hispanic Advocacy group "National Council La Raza" (The Race) that UPS gave $240,000? 
CNN's Lou Dobbs interviews La Raza's president and CEO. YouTube. According to the group's website, UPS has committed to a multi-year, multi-million dollar contribution.
ADDED 1/20/08

UPS Political Action Committee (PAC) 2006
The UPS PAC spent a total of $5,089,659 in the 2006 Election Cycle. (SOURCE)
Contributions to Federal Candidates totaled $1,872,179.  Republicans received 70% of the contributions. (SOURCE)
Contributions in excess of $200 were made by 1856 donors (employees and retirees). (SOURCE)
Candidates that received money.
Federal Election Commission Documents
UPS Lobbying Activities

The $64,000 Question –
What TX politician received $64,000 of contributions from UPS PAC between 1989 and 2004?

If you guessed Tom DeLay, the former House majority leader who is under scrutiny in a lobbyist scandal, you would be correct.  UPS contributed $64,479, to be exact, according to OpenSecrets.org. Currently, UPS is DeLay’s 12th largest contributor.  UPS also was a client of the lobbyist firm that is now linked to DeLay, according to a New York Times article.

  • “The firm, Alexander Strategy Group, is of particular interest to investigators because it was founded by Edwin A. Buckham, a close friend of Mr. DeLay's and his former chief of staff, and has been a lucrative landing spot for several former members of the DeLay staff, people who are directly involved in the case have said…As Mr. DeLay grew more powerful in Congress, the lobbying firm rose in prominence on K Street, building an impressive roster of clients for such a young company and earning, according to records, about $8.8 million lobbying in 2004. That ranked it in the middle of the pack among Washington's largest lobbying firms, but its client list - including Microsoft, United Parcel Service, Time Warner, Freddie Mac and Eli Lilly & Company - suggests what was, at least at one time, a powerful and well-connected operation.”

So, who may take DeLay’s place as Majority Leader? None other than Roy Blunt may get the job, according to another New York Times article. Rep. Blunt has caught NABER’s attention before. SEE STORY BELOW. In the 2003-2004 profile, UPS is Sen. Blunt’s 11th largest contributor.  One website has called Blunt one of the 13 Most Corrupt Congressmen. An Associated Press article contends that "Rep. Roy Blunt has ties to corporate lobbyists and convicted influence peddler Jack Abramoff that rival Rep. Tom DeLay's". Of course this does not mean that UPS is guilt of any wrongdoing here. Ethical companies would do well to steer clear of allegedly corrupt politicians. In fact, one may ask the question, “Is this what Jim Casey would do?”

Washington Post article documents how companies side-step direct contributions (and contribution limits) to congressmen by having their lobbyists host fundraisers. Not illegal, but is it ethical?
  • "Now, every day Congress is in session, there are lobbyist-organized fundraisers for senators and representatives -- at breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner -- at which the basic transaction is little different than what got Bentsen in hot water. Take Dec. 14, 2005:Lobbyists for BNSF Railway and United Parcel Service held a luncheon for Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-Pa.) at the Associated General Contractors townhouse ($1,000 per PAC, $500 a person), according to the Web site for the National Republican Congressional Committee."
UPDATED 1/14/05

Legislative Assistance for United Parcel Service, Inc. and FedEx Corp.
"In 2003, Rep. Blunt also helped his lobbyist son Andrew by inserting a provision into the $79 billion emergency appropriation for the war in Iraq to benefit U.S. shippers like United Parcel Service, Inc. and FedEx Corp. The provision required that military cargo be carried only by companies with no more than 25% foreign ownership. UPS and FedEx were seeking to block the expansion of a foreign-owned rival’s U.S. operations. Andrew Blunt lobbies on behalf of UPS in Missouri, and UPS and FedEx have contributed at least $58,000 to Rep. Blunt since 2001. 

Members of the House are prohibited from "taking any official actions for the prospect of personal gain for themselves or anyone else." 5 CFR §2635.702(a). By pushing for legislation that would benefit Philip Morris and UPS, and, as a consequence, his then-girlfriend and his son, Rep. Blunt may have violated this provision. 

Federal law also prohibits public officials from directly or indirectly demanding, seeking, receiving, accepting or agreeing to receive or accept anything of value in return for being influenced in the performance of an official act. If Rep. Blunt accepted campaign contributions from Philip Morris, FedEx or UPS in exchange for legislative assistance, he may have violated the bribery statute." MORE 

UPS Appoints Stuart E. Eizenstat To Board Of Directors
Mr. Eizenstat was chief domestic policy advisor for President Jimmy Carter. Under President Clinton, he served as U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, undersecretary of commerce, undersecretary of state, and deputy treasury secretary. President Clinton also assigned Mr. Eizenstat to be special representative of the president and secretary of state, and the administration's leader on Holocaust-related issues. He is the author of "Imperfect Justice: Looted Assets, Slave Labor, and the Unfinished Business of World War II." MORE ADDED 8/11/05

UPS Foots Bill For Politicans Trip To China 
"... there was a bonus for the company helping to fund the U.S. Asia Foundation and coordinate the trip, United Parcel Service. UPS sent some 40 lobbyists along to work side-by-side with Shimkus and the three other lawmakers on the project. [Emphasis added.]

Shimkus said UPS' interest in China is obvious. "They're having great growth in the Chinese market" and hope that will increase with the 2008 Olympics. 

The company's interest in Shimkus is also obvious. He sits on the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee, which deals with a broad range of business issues, from environmental regulations to foreign commerce. 

This trip offered a unique opportunity for "relationship building" and a chance to tell lawmakers about UPS, said company spokesman David Bolger. 

"We want to take the opportunity, while we're nailing down plywood with a member of Congress, to say you may not have known this" about UPS, Bolger said. "It gives them the opportunity to learn about us and gives us the opportunity to learn more about them." 

By the end of the building effort, he said, "It was not Congressman (Rep. Jim) Clyburn or Congressman Shimkus. It was Jim and John," Bolger said. (Clyburn, a Democrat from South Carolina, was also on the trip.) 

UPS spent more than $4 million in 2003 lobbying on everything from pension reform to the energy bill, which was before Shimkus' committee. 

Shimkus said UPS officials didn't talk to him about legislation during the China trip. And he disputed any suggestion that such trips give lobbyists special access to him. " 
StLtoday.com ARTICLE. ADDED 6/7/2005



New Head of SEC, Christopher Cox
According to a TheStreet.com article UPS was a large contributer to Mr Cox's campaign for the House.

UPS Lobbyist Is Son Of GOP Whip
"In April 2003, the Wall Street Journal reported that Blunt [Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.] helped squeeze an amendment benefiting United Parcel Service and FedEx Corp. [To block DHL's expansion] into a spending bill for the Iraq war. Andrew Blunt, the congressman's son, represents UPS in Jefferson City, Mo., where he is a lobbyist." ARTICLE ADDED 5/3/2005

UPS And FedEx Both Give The Maximum of $250,000 
To The Bush Inauguration.


Mike Eskew's Political Contributions
2004
$5,000 Republican National Committee
$828 UPS PAC

Ex-CEO Of UPS Criticized For Reorganization 
Of The Center For Disease Control (CDC)

Oz Nelson has been keeping busy since leaving the helm of UPS. The retired Chief Executive Officer of UPS  is chairman of the CDC Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises money for CDC projects through private donations. However, Mr. Nelson has been advising CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding on the reorganization of the CDC.  A MSNBC article (reprinted from the Atlanta Business Chronicle) states that  Gerberding "looked to Mr. Kent "Oz" Nelson, current chair of the CDC Foundation, for guidance in reorganizing CDC ... Unfortunately, UPS is anything but a model in occupational safety or health, having led the charge to defeat the OSHA ergonomics standard."  Nelson was head of UPS during the timeframe that UPS fought the Clinton administration's attempt to implement  ergonomics to prevent musculoskelular injuries in the workplace. And UPS has one of the worst occupational safety records with 216 worksites being listed with twice the national average for lost workday injuries by OSHA. Using Mr. Nelson as an advisor is little like letting the fox watch over the chicken coop

More specifically, the part of the reorganization that has CDC scientists upset is the changes to the structure of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). NIOSH was created in 1970 to be insulated from political influence with the director directly reporting to the head of the CDC.  NIOSH is known for its honesty and freedom from the politics of business and labor. OSHA on the other hand is a Department of Labor agency that ebbs and flows with the party in power at the time. The changes effective Oct. 1 make NIOSH a part of a mid-level agency no longer reporting directly to the CDC director. NIOSH survived an attack in the mid-90's when the Republican House of Representatives tried to have it killed, but it may not survive as an independent voice with this reorganization.  "Letters opposing the change have been signed by every living former NIOSH director back to the Nixon administration and by assistant secretaries for labor and health from both Republican and Democratic administrations," according to a Washington Post article.

The American Society of Safety Engineers letter to Tommy Thompson, Secretary of Health and Human Services states that the proposed changes "can only result in a dilution of NIOSH's importance in the CDC and, therefore, a dilution of this Administration's commitment to occupational safety and health . If these organizational changes proceed as proposed, they may signal an inability on the part of the Department of Health and Human Services and CDC to provide the necessary dedication to worker safety and health".



UPS Is The Largest Corporate PAC

UPS is again the No. 1 PAC for the 2002-2004 election cycle. As of mid summer, UPS's PAC (Political Action Committee) had contributed more than $1.5 million to candidates to federal house and senate candidates around the country.  Almost 75% went to Republican campaigns. $10,000 was given to the George W. Bush campaign UPS has been the top corporate PAC for the last dozen years, according to a Palm Beach Post article. The list of recipients

What's different about UPS's PAC is the large number of individuals contributing to its PAC. 1348 individuals gave more than $200 to the UPS PAC totaling $425,402. OpenSecrets.org has the list of donors. For comparison, Walmart, the second largest PAC had 4 individual large donors and their last names were all Walton (not surprisingly)

Teamsters For A Democratic Union (TDU) says that the UPSPAC has a decidedly anti-worker agenda. When promoting it for employees' contributions UPSPAC is depicted as a program to capture more work from the competition. But in reality, UPS sends large sums of PAC money to pro-corporate, anti-worker, anti-environment groups like Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE). UPS supports the ant-labor World Trade Organization (WTO). UPS lobbied for the Multi-Employer Pension Security Act of 2003 which would have killed mult-employer pension plans.  UPS fought the OSHA Ergonomic Standard (see above story) Before you donate to UPSPAC realize the efforts that UPSPAC is supporting undermine the working family.


Cal/OSHA Appeals Board
October 26th, 2004: Candice Traeger, 49, was named management representative and chairperson of the Cal/OSHA Appeals Board. Candice Traeger has been employed at UPS for 25 years. After being a part-time clerk, Traeger went into management at UPS as an industrial engineer in 1988. Traeger worked in the UPS corporate legal department and also spent a year in Washington, D.C. developing and implementing federal public policy for UPS. She served as a center manager before being promoted to public affairs manager and later to director of public affairs for California and the Northwestern states.The Appeals Board position pays $103,317. ADDED 1/9/2005.




















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How Congressman Kline helped UPS 
and raised money for his new PAC
According to a Harper's article, Kline was key in passing a law that lowered UPS's pension obligation. UPS has donated $15k to Kline's campaign in the last 3 years and held a fundraiser for Con. Kline's leadership PAC. The article described these leadership PACs as "unregulated slush funds." 1/26/08