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The Teamsters are contributing $45,000 each to support both the Republican and Democratic convention funds

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The group that represents truck drivers is giving some money to the Republican Party. They say they want politicians from both sides to listen to regular workers at the big meetings where they choose the party’s presidential candidate.

This week, they told the government that they gave $45,000 to the Republican Party’s event fund in January. A spokesperson for the group said they also gave the same amount to the Democratic Party in December. The group, called the Teamsters, has about 1.3 million members, and a lot of them work for UPS.

People in Washington were surprised because usually, the group supports the Democrats. This move happened while Donald Trump, a Republican, is trying to get support from workers’ unions.

A representative from the Teamsters said it’s the first time since 2000 that they are involved in both parties’ big events. They want their members’ opinions to be heard, no matter which party they support. The group’s members will be present at both events to talk about their issues and the challenges workers face in the country.

Trump met with the leader of the Teamsters earlier this year in Florida and at their headquarters in Washington, D.C. The Teamsters leader mentioned serious problems that need fixing for workers, and they want to make sure their voices are heard in the important election year.

The group has supported Democrats in the past, but Trump sees a chance to get their support because of differences between the leaders and regular members. He has asked the crowd at his rallies to convince the union leaders to support him, promising to take care of the rest.

Both Trump and Biden are trying to get support from union voters, showing how the political landscape is changing. In the last elections, more union households voted for Democrats, but Trump is hoping to change that by appealing to workers.

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