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SEIU prez: Union spent $60.7 million to elect Obama

In an interview with the Las Vegas Sun, Service Employee International Union President Andy Stern had this to say about last year's presidential election: http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009/may/10/stern-unplugged-s...

We spent a fortune to elect Barack Obama — $60.7 million to be exact — and we're proud of it.

Atlas Shrugs has more on SEIU's big wallet: http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2009/05/obama...

They ought to be proud.
The SEIU's massive investment in Barack Obama appears to have paid off already.
The Service Employees International Union inappropriately lobbied Team Obama to withhold billions of dollars in federal stimulus money from California if the state does not reverse a scheduled wage cut for the labor group's workers.
The LA Times: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-cal-healthcare11-2009...

Officials in the governor's office say a politically powerful union may have had inappropriate influence over the Obama administration's decision to withhold billions of dollars in federal stimulus money from California if the state does not reverse a scheduled wage cut for the labor group's workers.

The officials say they are particularly troubled that the Service Employees International Union, which lobbied the federal government to step in, was included in a conference call in which state and federal officials reviewed the wage cut and the terms of the stimulus package.

California Secretary of Health and Human Services Kim Belshe said she could not recall another instance in which the federal government invited a significant stakeholder group into such government-to-government negotiations.

"The involvement of a stakeholder in this kind of state-federal deliberative process is unusual at best," she said. "This was really atypical and outside any norm I am familiar with."

In addition to several state and federal officials, participants in the April 15 conference call included an SEIU associate general counsel in Washington, a lobbyist for SEIU in California and a representative from SEIU's policy staff in California, according to a list provided by the Schwarzenegger administration.
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  • Legend 2009/05/11 19:05:39
    Legend
    +6
    Good job, Ripped!

    "The Service Employees International Union inappropriately lobbied Team Obama to withhold billions of dollars in federal stimulus money from California if the state does not reverse a scheduled wage cut for the labor group's workers."

    The SEIU is on the Bilderberg team (probably where most of the money came from in the first place) is applying pressure on California, where the population dwarfs that of Nevada! But, of course, Nevada will be counting on the illegal aliens to overpower native Californians.

    Divide and conquer is the name of the game!

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  • Art 2009/05/12 11:32:49
    Art
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    Negotiations between the Federal and State governments should not be open to third party participation. This type of arrangement allows a union or special interest group to exert undue influence over a State government. And is not representative of the voters of that state's wishes. Why have we let lobbing groups have so much influence over what the government does?
  • Beccy 2009/05/12 01:22:20
    Beccy
    +1
    I belong to SEIU. Yes our union gave lots of money to elect Obama, this money did not come from union dues but from a cope fund which people volunteerly give. The people Obama stepped in to help do not make very high wages. Why is it okay to give million dollar bonuses to bankers and okay to cut wages on main street?
  • Bill Beccy 2009/05/12 01:47:43
    Bill
    Thank you, thank you, thank you. You have just reinforced everything I have been trying to say on here for the last several hours. Your post should carry way more weight as you are actually a member to SEIU. Again thank you.
  • Beccy Bill 2009/05/12 19:42:51
    Beccy
    You are so welcome. I am so tired of the antiunion stance on SH. I almost think people are happy to see the men at GM loose everything. The bankers earned their money but the men at GM did not?
  • Marty 2009/05/11 21:58:37
    Marty
    +3
    to state the obvious, we are "screwed" for now.. the best way-around this tactic is to apply overt public pressure on the unions and the government policy makers.. We've learned much from ACORN, and now it is time to use this learning.. this is where we put public pressure on key individuals.. the consequences of our failure is our continued loss of freedom, the lack of control of our government, and succumbing to a fascist state run by progressives and their union bosses..
    Live Free or Die (trying)..
  • Bill Marty 2009/05/12 01:49:51
    Bill
    I think you just covered all the Republican buzz words and talking points for the week. Congratulations Marty, you are a good party boy.
  • Bev 2009/05/11 20:51:06
    Bev
    +3
    The SEIU is tied in with ACORN. They are part owners of Obama's policies due to the massive money they spent on his campaign. THey are the ones that staged the big riot in front of the CEOs homes. They are as corrupt as ACORN is, which makes sense that they are tied so closely to Obama.
  • Bill Bev 2009/05/12 01:50:47
    Bill
    60 million out of 700 million won't buy you much clout.
  • GRZwoman 2009/05/11 19:30:20
    GRZwoman
    +4
    Wow! Gov Schwarzenegger has his hands full with that one. I hope it gets investigated and the tables get turned. But more than likely it will get pushed to the side like everything else our crooked government does. all ways about the money.
  • Legend 2009/05/11 19:05:39
    Legend
    +6
    Good job, Ripped!

    "The Service Employees International Union inappropriately lobbied Team Obama to withhold billions of dollars in federal stimulus money from California if the state does not reverse a scheduled wage cut for the labor group's workers."

    The SEIU is on the Bilderberg team (probably where most of the money came from in the first place) is applying pressure on California, where the population dwarfs that of Nevada! But, of course, Nevada will be counting on the illegal aliens to overpower native Californians.

    Divide and conquer is the name of the game!
  • Bill Legend 2009/05/11 19:20:54 (edited)
    Bill
    +3
    "Lobbying" and "inappropriate" is redundant. All lobbying is inapproporiate.
  • Legend Bill 2009/05/11 19:49:39
    Legend
    +1
    But it's "politically correct" unfortunately. (They should be outlawed!)
  • Bill Legend 2009/05/11 20:40:59 (edited)
    Bill
    +1
    Sadly I agree
  • GRZwoman Legend 2009/05/11 19:32:02
    GRZwoman
    +2
    Yep that is what it seems like it is going to do.
  • Legend GRZwoman 2009/05/11 19:50:33
    Legend
    +2
    If you look at the overall picture of what's happening in America today, you can see their plans to divide and conquer.
  • Ripped1... Legend 2009/05/11 19:53:36
    Ripped1X...
    Thank You Legend just trying to keep the free flow of information out there.
  • Legend Ripped1... 2009/05/11 21:55:47
    Legend
    +1
    You're doing a great job of it, too. More people are becoming aware and the "forces" that be are becoming less comfortable. That's as it should be. So, kudos, Ripped!

    Have you seen "Darth Greenspan"? The picture is amusing but the article is profound.

    http://mises.org/story/3444
    Darth Greenspan
  • am3930 2009/05/11 18:42:06
    am3930
    +6
    My dad wanted to quit Teamsters because they aren't nonpartisan. Of course if he did he'd get fired. We really shouldn't expect to much from them.

    There was a time that unions were necessary. Then came laws establishing minimum wage and the 40 hr work week. In all probability some are probably a bit better then others, but I don't like the numbers I've heard associated with UAW while GM had to get a nice little bailout.

    Maybe the people who were so generous with getting Obama elected should be asked to pay for some of his policies. It would definitely be a more constructive waste of money.
  • Bill am3930 2009/05/11 19:27:34
    Bill
    +1
    He may have wanted to quit, but he did want to keep all the benefits. They did him a favor. The people that helped Obama get elected will pay for ALL his policies along with every other working citizen in the country. That is the way America works. I don't remember anyone asking me if I wanted to opt out of paying for the Iraq war that I was against from day one.
    Unions are more necessary now than ever. Why are so many white collar professions organizing?
  • am3930 Bill 2009/05/11 20:20:40
    am3930
    +3
    Why he wanted to quit has nothing to do with benefits.

    Any group that forces people to pay membership dues at the peril of being fired should not have the right to waste them on campaign funds or to tell people who to vote for.

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