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Calling it guilty of a "profound betrayal of the ideals of the civil rights movement," the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees announced this week that was severing its partnership with the United Negro College Fund.

Why? Because UNCF has accepted donations from conservative philanthropists the Koch brothers, and Dr. Michael Lomax, the fund's president, spoke at a Koch-sponsored event.

Lomax told AFSCME to get over it. "UNCF has over 100,000 donors with a wide range of views, but they all have one thing in common: They believe in helping young students of color realize their dreams of a college education. For over 70 years we have never had a litmus test and we have asked all Americans to support our cause," he said in a statement provided to the Washington Examiner.
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He added: "While I am saddened by AFSCME's decision, it will not distract us from our mission of helping thousands of African-American students achieve their dream of a college degree and the economic benefits that come with it."

UNCF is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity that provides college scholarships to minority students. It is famous for the slogan: "A mind is a terrible thing to waste."

AFSCME President Lee Saunders severed contact in a July 8 letter to Lomax.

"I was deeply troubled by your decision to accept $25 million from David and Charles Koch," Saunders wrote. The Kochs are funders of various conservative and free-market groups and have become the progressive left's favorite bad guys as a result.

Taking the money was bad enough for Saunders. The final straw though was

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