According to Judicial Watch, federal funding for the National Council of La Raza has doubled in the years since Pres. Barack Obama appointed former NCLR Vice President Cecilia Munoz as White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. Since joining the Administration in 2009, La Raza's funding has increased from $4 million to $11.1 million, mostly coming from the Labor Department headed by former California Congresswoman and amnesty supporter Hilda Solis.
As a Congresswoman, Hilda Solis regularly teamed up with La Raza for nationwide initiatives.
"It is distressing to know that the intensely special-interest advocacy of this open-borders group operates with millions of dollars from taxpayers while the public-interest advocacy groups like NumbersUSA don't get a penny from the government to fight for taxpayers and workers of all ethnicities," said NumbersUSA President Roy Beck. "Instead, we rely on the personal, voluntary contributions of taxpayers to fight the open-borders agenda of these groups like La Raza which all citizens are coerced to support through their taxes."
Judicial Watch also noted that the National Council of La Raza wasn't the only organization to gain with Munoz's appointment. An offshoot of La Raza, Chicanos Por La Causa, has also received an increase in funding, receiving $18.3 million since Munoz's appointment.
La Raza uses funding from the federal government and other sources to provide social services, housing counseling and farm worker assistance to the Latino community. But they also spend a large chunk of money lobbying Congress for amnesty and protections for illegal aliens. While federal funing is not likely used for lobbying, it frees up other funds raised for lobbying efforts.
According to OpenSecrets.org, the La Raza has spent more than $500,000 per year in lobbying each every year since 2006.
Updated: Mon, Jun 20th 2011 @ 8:19am EDT