Now that's what I call a democratic process. Seriously though, should they really even call it a vote? $200 million dollars on the elections? WOW! Where do they get that kind of money to toss around? Shouldn't that money go to the workers they represent? I can understand spending some cash, but $200 million?!? AFL-CIO getting ready to endorse Obama By Associated Press Tuesday, June 24, 2008 - Updated 17h ago WASHINGTON - The AFL-CIO is preparing to give its stamp of approval to Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. The leaders of the nation‚Äôs largest labor organization started voting today on whether to endorse the Illinois senator. The election, which is being done by fax, is scheduled to end on Thursday. Obama‚Äôs name is the only one on the ballot sent to the AFL-CIO‚Äôs 56 unions. The AFL-CIO‚Äôs endorsement is virtually certain now that Obama is the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. It has already started its campaign against Republican presidential candidate John McCain, and its biggest rival, the Change to Win labor organization, already has endorsed the Democratic senator from Illinois. http://www.bostonherald.com/news/2008/view.bg?articleid=1102910 A strong AFL-CIO endorsement could help Obama with blue-collar workers and union members in industrial states such as Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan. The AFL-CIO expects to spend about $200 million on the presidential and congressional elections, much of it on Democrats.