SEIU’s Illegal Fund-Raising Scheme

-By Warner Todd Huston

Mark Mix, president of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, has an interesting expose in the Washington Examiner revealing how the U.S. government has decided to allow an obviously illegal fund-raising scheme that the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) invented to fuel its spending on political causes and campaigns.

The SEIU has decided to fine any of its locals that does not meet a $25,000 Political Action Committee (PAC) contribution limit. The fine imposed is $37,500. This means that union headquarters is telling the locals that they MUST donate a “voluntary” $27,000 or face this exorbitant fine.

Mix puts it like this:

Imagine the outcry if McDonalds executives demanded that franchise owners collect “voluntary” contributions totaling $25,000 for the company’s PAC from employees at every restaurant.

The outcry would be loud, for sure. But this is exactly what the SEIU is doing to its members.

As it happens, the Federal Election Commission expressly forbids organizations from fining members for not contributing to political action committees (PACs). Because of this proscription, the folks at NRTW filed a complaint with the FEC about the SEIU’s practice.

Here is where it once again becomes that the Obama administration is not only sold out to unions, but will break the law while aiding them. The FEC denied the complaint, refused to stop the SEIU’s illegal actions, AND issued its report so late that the 60-day reply period in which to appeal the decision was already past.

Obama’s FEC violated its own rules and is allowing the SEIU to violate the law.

This is yet another example of how Obama’s administration is anti-business, pro-law breaking by unions, and ever willing to break the law and ignore rules itself in order to assist unions.
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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s,, and, as well as,,,, among many, many others. Mr. Huston is also endlessly amused that one of his articles formed the basis of an article in Germany’s Der Spiegel Magazine in 2008.

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