Firefighters' union to stop supporting federal candidates, focus efforts locally 

The International Association of Fire Fighters will no longer work to elect federal candidates and is instead shifting its support to the state and local level, Politico reports.

The article notes:

The union spent nearly $15 million in the 2010 midterms on behalf of federal candidates, both Democrats and Republicans. Its political action committee is ranked among the top 10 largest and the union was a major donor to some of the independent groups that waged an 11th hour effort to protect Democrats from attacks from business-backed groups.

The PAC donated more than $4 million in the 2010 midterms and a few checks were issued earlier this year.

“But until we see our friends in Congress be as committed to standing and fighting with us with the same level of intensity and ferocity as our enemies are trying to kill us, I’m turning the spigot off,” Schaitberger said in an interview.

The decision comes during a year in which intense battles are breaking out across the country between newly-elected Republican governors and legislature's and public sector unions.

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