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Cristina Uribe

Cristina Uribe is a senior employee at the National Education Association (NEA) the largest labor union in the United States, which represents education workers, mostly teachers. Public records indicate that between 2010 and 2015 Uribe received total compensation varying between $172,677 and $208,845 from NEA while working as a manager, and later as a special assistant to the organization’s executive director. [1] She has also worked at NEA as a senior advisor for strategic initiatives. [2]

North Fund

During the 2020 elections, Montana voters passed several propositions which, together, legalized and regulated Marijuana sale and consumption in the state. An investigation by the Montana Newspaper the Flathead Beacon found that millions of dollars in funding had arrived from outside of the state, in support of the legalization initiative. [3]

Uribe sat as treasurer of the board of the North Fund, a left-of-center organization that funneled over $4 million dollars into operations supporting the initiative. The North Fund originally registered as an “incidental committee” in Montana, a legal designation that would not require it to disclose its funding sources publicly. [4] However this designation was changed by Montana’s Commissioner of Political Practices (COPP) to “independent committee.” The commissioner gave the North Fund until September 30th, 2020 to disclose its donors. The North Fund responded by appealing. The case was still ongoing as of November 30, 2020. Uribe refused requests from local journalists to comment on her organization’s behavior in the legalization campaign. [5]

Other Work

Uribe worked as the California director of the left-wing Ballot Initiative Strategy Center, which works to pass left-wing initiatives throughout the United States. [6] She also served as the western regional director of EMILY’s List, a political advocacy organization dedicated to electing Democratic women who agree to support abortion. [7]

References

  1. “National Education Association: Cristina Uribe,” 2015. https://www.unionfacts.com/employee/National_Education_Association/CRISTINA/URIBE. ^
  2. “Tools for Artists in Civic Engagement and Turning Out the Vote.” Creative Capital, 2020. https://creative-capital.org/events/tools-for-artists-in-civic-engagement-and-turning-out-the-vote/. ^
  3. Dave Skinner // Oct 14, 2020. “Buds of Darkness.” Flathead Beacon, October 14, 2020. https://flatheadbeacon.com/2020/10/14/buds-of-darkness/. ^
  4. Slanger, Addie. “Progressive-Leaning D.C. Nonprofit Spends Nearly $5 Million for Marijuana Legalization.” Bozeman Daily Chronicle, October 26, 2020. https://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/politics/progressive-leaning-d-c-nonprofit-spends-nearly-5-million-for-marijuana-legalization/article_90fded5b-1e86-5ea8-a98e-3e6949430993.html. ^
  5. Slanger, Addie. “Progressive-Leaning D.C. Nonprofit Spends Nearly $5 Million for Marijuana Legalization.” Bozeman Daily Chronicle, October 26, 2020. https://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/politics/progressive-leaning-d-c-nonprofit-spends-nearly-5-million-for-marijuana-legalization/article_90fded5b-1e86-5ea8-a98e-3e6949430993.html. ^
  6. Meyers, John. “From Marijuana Laws to Paper Bags, Californians Could See up to 18 Propositions on the November Ballot.” Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times, May 16, 2016. https://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-november-ballot-measures-20160516-snap-story.html. ^
  7. Pioneer Press. “Clinton Spurs Interest for Women in Politics.” Twin Cities. Twin Cities, November 14, 2015. https://www.twincities.com/2007/08/25/clinton-spurs-interest-for-women-in-politics/. ^

Connected Organizations

  1. Democracy Alliance Conferences (Other Group)
    Participant, Spring 2014; Spring 2015; Spring 2016
  2. National Education Association (NEA) (Labor Union)
    Special Assistant to the Executive Director
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