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The International Brotherhood of Teamsters’ political action committee last month reported a $45,000 donation to the Republican National Committee (RNC) convention fund, in a marked departure from the union’s history of donating primarily to Democrats.

The Teamsters PAC, formally known as Democratic, Republican, Independent Voter Education, earmarked the donation on Jan. 25, according to federal election documents reviewed by Fox News Digital. The contribution was reported weeks after former President Trump, the clear favorite to secure the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, met with Teamsters President Sean O’Brien, and days before a second meeting between the two on the 31st. from January.

In a statement, Teamsters spokesperson Kara Deniz said the contribution was approved in December, before the union’s two meetings with Trump, and will soon be sent to the RNC. An RNC official told Fox News Digital that he did not receive the contribution and that the Teamsters have not been forthcoming about it.

Deniz added that it represented the first time the Teamsters would participate in the Republican and Democratic conventions in more than two decades.

“The Teamsters contribution to the RNC was approved in December before any meeting with Donald Trump, was issued in January and will be sent soon. The Teamsters contributed $45,000 to the Democratic and Republican convention funds. It has not been since the year 2000 that our union has participated in both conventions,” Deniz told Fox News Digital in an email.


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Former President Trump (left) met twice last month with Teamsters boss Sean O’Brien. (Getty Images)

“In the Teamsters, the voices of all our members will be heard, regardless of party,” he continued. “Grassroots members will be on the ground and active at both conventions this year to make sure elected officials know the Teamsters’ issues and listen to the challenges workers face in this country.”

The donation is likely to raise eyebrows as Trump continues to compete for the Teamsters’ endorsement. After his most recent meeting with O’Brien on Jan. 31, Trump told reporters that the conversation was productive and that while the union typically supports Democrats, “stranger things have happened,” adding that members of the union support him to a large extent.


The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, which endorsed now-President Biden in 2020, is among the largest unions in the country. While its overall membership has declined slightly in recent years, it still reports having just under 1.3 million members, according to its most recent filings with the Department of Labor.

Republican presidential candidate and former US President Donald Trump speaks to reporters at the International Brotherhood of Teamsters headquarters on January 31, 2024 in Washington, DC.  Trump met with leaders and members of organized labor as he sought union support after the United Auto Workers endorsed President Joe Biden's re-election campaign a week ago.

Former President Trump speaks to reporters at the International Brotherhood of Teamsters headquarters in Washington, DC, on January 31. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

“Our members want to hear from all candidates of all parties about what they plan to do for working people as president,” O’Brien said in a statement last month. “Truck drivers are essential to every business industry in this country. Our members work in all 50 states and represent all political backgrounds, even without affiliation.”

“Our union wants all candidates to know that there are 1.3 million Teamsters across the country whose votes will not be taken for granted. Workers’ voices must be heard.”


According to the Federal Election Commission, the largest contribution a multi-candidate PAC can make to the party’s national committee accounts is $45,000, meaning the Teamsters PAC maxed out its donation from the RNC convention fund.

In recent months, he has made donations of $45,000 to various funds of the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated to clearly reflect that the Teamster donation reported to the FEC has not yet been received by the RNC.

By Sam