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.
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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.