Democrats SEIU dependency: picking up where ACORN left off

by Robert Maynard

It looks like the George Soros funded Service Employees International Union is working overtime to make sure they have a firm hold on the purse strings of the Democratic Party and its agenda.  We have already heard about their dumping of $100,000 into Vermont to push the Democrats single payer agenda.  Not content to simply back the single payer agenda, they are also a big contributer to Governor Shumlin’s election campaign and the Democratic National Committee owes an SEIU owned bank at least $8 million.  It looks like they are picking up where ACORN left off when it comes to being a major player in left wing politics.  True North Radio did a series on ACORN when it was racked by scandals and posted a number of links on its website highlighting those scandals.  SEIU has long been tied at the hip with ACORN.  Here is a profile on SEIU from “Discover the Networks“.

When the Service Employees International Union decided to dump a large amount of cash into support for Vermont’s rush to single payer healthcare, that news caused some dissenting comments among advocates of that push. Here are some comments from the website openmediaboston.org:

To counter conservative attacks, Shumlin and friends are holding a press conference next Thursday to unveil “Vermont Leads: Single Payer Now!,” their own vehicle for advertising and door-to-door canvassing in favor of Green Mountain Care. This new addition to the Vermont political scene will be hiring canvassers and has already raised $100,000 for a six-month drive “to engage and activate Vermonters through media and grassroots organizing.”

According to Peter Sterling, an experienced local political operative who was just named director of the group, Vermonters can expect even more spending on TV ads, when the legislature reconvenes.

Unfortunately, Vermont Leads doesn’t draw on the formidable grassroots network created since 2008 by the Vermont Workers’ Center (VWC)—and seems designed to bypass that group, which is the state’s most influential single-payer advocate. The VWC’s “Health Care Is a Human Right” campaign has been widely credited, both locally and nationally, with spearheading the multi-year community-labor mobilization needed to pass the legislation known as Act 48 last year.

The VWC has long received strong backing from unions with members who live and work in Vermont—like the United Electrical Workers, Communications Workers, and Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals, which bargains for most unionized health care workers in the state.

In contrast, Vermont Leads is being funded by just one union—the 1.9 million-member Service Employees, which has no members working in the state and failed to affiliate the still-independent Vermont State Employees Association more than a decade ago.

As mentioned above, they are not content simply to bankroll an air war campaign promoting the signature Democratic issue of the current election cycle, according to Common Cause Vermont’ 7/29/2012 master contributions database, they are major donors to Governor Shumlin’s campaign as well.  There is a $6,000 campaign donation listed from New York’s 1199 SEIU and a pair of $3,000 donations from Washington D.C.’s SEIU COPE.  COPE is their “Committee on Political Education”.

Their purse strings attached to the National Democratic Committee are detailed in an American Thinker article:

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) owes at least $8 million to a bank owned by one of the largest unions in the country, according to the committee’s most recent financial report.

The DNC initiated an $8 million loan with the Amalgamated Bank of New York on Aug. 10, the report shows, accounting for the majority of the committee’s overall debt of $11 million.

Amalgamated Bank, often described as “America’s Labor Bank,” is a national entity, the majority of which is owned by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), a politically active union with deep ties to the Democratic Party. The SEIU is also involved with the Democracy Alliance, a shadowy group of wealthy left-wing donors founded by billionaire investor George Soros.

The bank announced in an August press release that the DNC had “moved its primary banking relationship” to Amalgamated Bank, which would handle the committee’s “day-to-day banking needs.”

Is it in the best interests of Vermonters to have our political leaders bought and paid for by an organization with such questionable ties?