Friday, May 15, 2009

SEIU's Big Investment

In an earlier post I mentioned that SEIU had spent $18 million dollars getting Obama elected- which would go a long way to explaining his favouring them so much in policy decisions. Well, it seems that figure grossly underestimated the real cost.

“We spent a fortune to elect Barack Obama — $60.7 million to be exact — and we’re proud of it,” boasted Andy Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union, to the Las Vegas Sun this week.

Michelle Malkin has much more on the links between SEIU and Obama's administration. It's well worth reading. What caught my attention was this-

SEIU’s enforcers have set aside another $10 million to un-elect any of its political beneficiaries who abandon their pledges to do the union’s legislative bidding. The campaign money was raised by slapping an extra $6 per-member fee on top of regular dues payments – and funneled straight to the union’s political action committee.

And, of course, there had to be a blatant case of "do as we say, not as we do".

Meanwhile, after spending a fortune to put Barack Obama in office, the union laid off a third of its D.C. field staff (in violation of its own employment protections, according to the workers) due to…budget troubles.

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