Before we begin to celebrate the States rights victory signed into law in Michigan two days ago, let us all take note that laws are always open to legal challenge and money buys both politicians and verdicts in America. To Democrats and their union benefactors “right to work” laws threaten organized labor’s patronage cartel, and as sure as the day you were born Obama’s Justice Department is going to cram a federal fist down Lansing’s throat and send a painful message to big labors opponents.
It goes without saying that President Obama and Democrats owe organized labor a debt of gratitude for helping finance a 2012 Presidential victory and saving a Senate majority. A cursory look at big labor’s financial influence may shed some light on just how much loyalty is owed to big labor.
Topping the list of America’s heavy hitting campaign contributors for 2011-2012 is the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) followed by the holders of the seventh, eighth, and ninth spots on the list: Service Employees International Union (SEIU), AFL-CIO, and the National Education Association. The combined totals for all contributions originating from these unions and given to candidates, PACS, parties and outside spending groups is somewhere around $89 million dollars. I think it’s safe to say somebody owes somebody real big.
My favorite union thug, the AFSCME, represents 3,500 union locals with 1.6 million active and retired members working in public service and healthcare; in other words government employees. According to their website AFSCME members “share a common commitment to public service.” For AFSCME members “serving the public is not just a job, it’s a calling.” I tried calling the people with a calling to inquire about tax payer money being laundered from Unions to Democrats. I kept getting a computer that couldn’t answer my questions, because I didn’t know which number to push to get to someone serving the public, so we’ll have to wait and see if they respond to my public request for a comment. Right!
While working to keep America’s “families safe” and keeping “our communities strong” this noble tax payer funded union managed to contribute $38.5 million dollars to PACS, parties and outside spending groups benefitting Democrats. Now if you ask me that’s a heck of a lot of taxpayer money funneling back to Washington’s greasy little palms.
The AFSCME ranks number one in the hearts of Democrat politicians who decide minor national issues like minimum wage, overtime pay, benefits, hiring, labor law and card check. In fact not one contribution or dollar spent on behalf of the AFSCME’s loyal membership was given in support of any Republican candidate our conservative cause for the 2012 election cycle.
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees influence is not limited to elections. Last year the AFSCME spent over $2 million dollars to lobby our elected government on issues relating to Federal Budget & Appropriations, Education, Economic & Economic Development, Environment & Superfund and Government Issues. It’s worth noting that 2 of 10 AFSCME lobbyists have previously held government jobs.
Two former public servants turned Democrat Party bag men, David Marta (former assistant for Steny Hoyer and Dick Gephardt) and Marc Granowitter (former legislative assistant for Nancy Pelosi) now spend their days directing Democrat’s big labor crusades for AFSCME while tax payers foot the bill. After all as a 501c5, big labors champion doesn’t have to pay federal taxes.
So as taxpayers look to the future with the hope of shrinking government and reigning in out of control spending, watch Attorney General Eric Holder and his Civil Rights Division. I suspect that he will use his remaining time in Washington to execute brutally expensive hit and runs on State governments that refuse to conform to big labor’s demands. The will of the people is only respected when it has the backing of big cash and with big labors organized corruption owning the Executive Branch it’s only a matter of time before Obama and Democrats sue their way to a payoff.
(The data for this article can be found at www.opensecrets.org.)