CIO Political Action Committee (PAC) Records

Accession Number: 
17 linear feet

The CIO Political Action Committee (CIO PAC) was established in July 1943 to support
Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1944 presidential campaign. After the 1944 election, the CIO
maintained PAC as its permanent political action apparatus until the CIO merged with the
American Federation of Labor in 1955. CIO PAC, funded by member contributions, provided
financial assistance to CIO-endorsed candidates and supported pro-labor legislation.
Amalgamated Clothing Workers president Sidney Hillman directed CIO PAC from 1943 until
his death in 1946. When Jack Kroll took over in 1955, CIO PAC merged with Labor’s League
for Political Education and a year later became the newly formed AFL-CIO’s Committee on
Political Education..

The CIO PAC collection consists of correspondence with state CIO PAC offices and numerous
pamphlets and reports on election campaigns and issues of concern to organized labor.

Subjects include: civil rights; Democratic Party politics; elections; labor legislation; national health care legislation; Taft-Hartley Act

circa 1943-1969
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