Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 12/19/2011

Firefighters union to restart contributions to U.S. lawmakers

One union that had cut down on political donations has decided to donate to U.S. lawmakers again.

The International Association of Fire Fighters announced in April that it was cutting off all political donations to Congress, a move that hit Democrats particularly hard since they were the biggest recipients of the FIRE PAC’s largesse. The union’s political action committee is one of the most active.

The union announced in an e-mail to its membership Monday that it was restarting contributions at the federal level after a series of policy victories in recent months.

“We made a principled stand and sent a strong message that was heard loud and clear on Capitol Hill and in the White House that the support of this IAFF is not automatic,” wrote the union’s president, Harold Schaitberger. “It must be earned.”

The letter touted recent victories including $730 million in grants included in a $1 trillion spending bill passed Friday and action on a plan to allocate radio spectrum to emergency workers.

“Simply put, many of our friends listened and acted,” Schaitberger wrote. “They are now fighting back on behalf of our members.”

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