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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: John Llewellyn Lewis (1880–1969)
QUOTATION: The United Mine Workers and the CIO have paid cash on the barrel for every piece of legislation that we have gotten. We have the Wagner Act. The Wagner Act cost us many dollars in contributions which the United Mine Workers have made to the Roosevelt administration with the explicit understanding of a quid pro quo for labor. These contributions far exceed the notions held by the general public or the press.
ATTRIBUTION: JOHN L. LEWIS, president of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO).—Saul David Alinsky, John L. Lewis: An Unauthorized Biography, p. 177 (1949).
SUBJECTS: Labor unions