Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon received a $50,000 campaign contribution from the UAW just days after he vetoed a controversial anti-union measure.
The Detroit-based United Automobile Workers union donated the money to Nixon’s political committee on Wednesday.
Nixon is a two-term Democratic governor who is barred from seeking a third term. He’s shown no interest in another run for elective office.
The right-to-work bill that he rejected on June 4 was heavily backed by Republicans and would have ended the requirement that workers join unions or pay dues. Critics said it was aimed at weakening unions.
Nixon’s office referred calls to his campaign office.
Republicans were critical.
“Accepting this contribution is highly inappropriate given the governor took official action by vetoing right-to-work legislation days before, which benefited the UAW,” said Missouri GOP consultant James Harris.