The National Education Association, the largest union in the United States, and the American Federation of Teachers have many resources at their disposal to try to shape education policy.
|Annual budget*||$267 million||$110 million|
| Political action committee spending in 2001-02, as of Sept. 30* ||$3.9 million||$4.2 million|
| Federal lobbying expenditures, 2001* ||$1.1 million||$938,868|
|Number of members||2.7 million||1.2 million|
|Number of teacher members||1.9 million||600,000|
|Number of state affiliates||51||37|
|Number of local affiliates||14,000||4,000|
|Number of paid national staff members||565||290|
|Professions represented|| Teachers and others working within pre-K-12, collegiate, and other education systems || Teachers and others working within pre-K-12 and collegiate systems, nurses and other health-care workers, and public employees |
* Data for national organizations only.
SOURCES: National Education Association, American Federation of Teachers, Federal Election Commission, and Secretary of the U.S. Senate