While unions generally rely on a more sympathetic reception from Democrats, Burger says NNU will press both parties to support the transaction tax because NNU does not believe it is a partisan issue. "We are pressuring Republicans and Democrats. We are not out there fronting for the Democratic Party," she says. "We are holding both sides accountable because both sides have been pandering to Wall Street and have bailed them out with trillions of dollars."
"We want to make sure that everybody understands that you aren't off the hook just because you're a Democrat or a Republican. We are targeting the entire system, because the entire system is morally bankrupt."
Burger says NNU will release data contrasting contributions Democratic and Republican lawmakers have received from Wall Street even as the lawmakers' districts suffer from economic woes.
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), for example, allegedly has accepted $2,417,672 in campaign contributions from Wall Street financial institutions over the past 12 years. In the meantime, NNU says 69,241 people in Ryan's district are uninsured, 22,884 use food stamps, and 20,394 children and 7,939 seniors live in poverty.
Sen. Michael Bennett (D-CO) allegedly has collected $2,409,806 campaign contributions from Wall Street while Colorado is among the top 10 states for home foreclosures, has 184,689 children in poverty, 116,941 people using food stamps, and 13,390 homeless, NNU says.
Burger says NNU is not supporting a specific bill right now. "What we know is that legislation always gets watered down. We aren't endorsing a particular piece of legislation until we are assured that it will raise more money than what I would consider 'couch change,'" she says. "Right now there are some lukewarm financial tax proposals out there, but they would only raise $1 billion or so and that is not sufficient to make a credible different in rebuilding the infrastructure."