The following labor unions, foundations, nonprofits, political action committees, and businesses work at the national level or in multiple states to expand the size and scope of the federal government.
Many of the organizations listed here have affiliates that focus on state and local issues; follow any of the links included below or refer to the list of states on the right for more details.
With few exceptions, America's large labor unions are part of either the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) or Change to Win.
- American Nurses Association (ANA)
- National Education Association (NEA)
- United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners (UBC)
AFL-CIO Affiliated Unions
Following is an alphabetical list of the 20 largest AFL-CIO unions. For a complete list and the latest membership figures, refer to the AFL-CIO page.
- Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU)
- American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)
- American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
- American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
- American Postal Workers Union (APWU)
- Communications Workers of America (CWA)
- International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF)
- International Association of Machinists (IAM)
- International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART)
- International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
- International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE)
- Laborers International Union of North America (LiUNA)
- National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC)
- National Nurses United (NNU)
- Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA)
- UNITE HERE
- United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada (UA)
- United Auto Workers (UAW)
- United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW)
- United Steel Workers (USW)
Change to Win Affiliated Unions
- Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
- United Farm Workers (UFW)
A number of influential groups push for bigger government at the national level in the name of "social justice" or "economic justice." Most of these organizations are heavily union-funded and led by board members who are also union bosses.
Many of the following have regional, state, and local affiliates or partners that broadcast their national policy talking points while fighting to also expand government at the state and local levels:
The following national "progressive" advocacy groups are operated by AFL-CIO:
Legal, Consulting & Lobbying Firms
Political Action Committees
Democracy Alliance, while not a PAC itself, helps fund "progressive" activist organizations by analyzing their financial needs, reviewing their performance, and steering donors to businesses and nonprofits sharing the priorities of Democracy Alliance leadership.