Organized labor, its historic alliance with the Democratic Party strained in recent years, has returned to basics in this political season. After feuding openly with President Obama, unions are steadfastly supporting him, albeit in many cases with smaller budgets than past campaigns and a model that emphasizes on-the-ground organization and support for legislative allies at the congressional and, in some cases, even state level. That will mean fewer costly television ads bankrolled by union members’ dues before the Nov. 6 election.
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