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September 28, 2012

Shadowbosses by Mallory and Elizabeth Factor

Filed under: Elections,Politics — Sofie @ 10:27 am
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Even if you’re familiar with the history and dangers of unions, particularly government employee unions, you should still read Chapter 8 of Shadowbosses:  Government Unions Control America and Rob Taxpayers Blind (New York:  Center Street, 2012) by Mallory Factor and his wife Elizabeth.  I had no idea that some states were forcing self-employed and unemployed people who receive money from government programs to join unions and pay dues.

All conservatives need to take up the fight against the public-sector unions like SEIU.  We can begin by taking back the White House and the Senate.

July 19, 2012

The New Leviathan by David Horowitz and Jacob Laksin

In The New Leviathan:  How the Left-Wing Money Machine Shapes American Politics and Threatens America’s Future (New York:  Crown Forum, 2012), authors David Horowitz and Jacob Laksin “describe five critical areas of public policy . . . where the network of left-wing funders and activists has moved radical agendas and ideas from the political margins to the political mainstream and made them the official policies of the Democratic Party”:  immigration, national security, healthcare, environment, and government unions.  Data about the foundations discussed in the book can be found at DiscovertheNetworks.org (17), which, unfortunately, is misspelled in the book.

If you haven’t read David Horowitz and Richard Poe’s The Shadow Party:  How George Soros, Hillary Clinton, and Sixties Radicals  Seized Control of the Democratic Party (Nashville: Nelson Current, 2006), you should.

September 18, 2009

Perlmutter Watch 9-16-09: Dirty Money Watch

In an article in the Washington Examiner, Kevin Mooney documents “dirty money” that Rep. Ed Perlmutter accepted from various unions and the PMA Group and explains why the money is dirty.

Why is the money from the Communications Workers of America, Boilermakers Union, American Federation of Government Employees, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) dirty?

Multiple officers and members of these unions, including division presidents, secretary-treasurers and business managers, have been convicted since 2001 of felonies including embezzlement, falsifying official reports to government, mail fraud and conspiracy. The Communications Workers of America and the American Federation of Government Employees have had eight convictions, the Service Employees International Union has had nine convictions and the Boilermakers have had 10 members convicted, while the IBEW has had 14 members convicted. The amounts of embezzled funds range from more than $5,000 to more than $100,000.

Why is the money from the PMA group dirty?

PMA Group (Paul Magliocchetti and Associates) was a defense lobbying group that is now the focus of multiple federal investigations concerning allegations of influence peddling and other corrupt activities, mostly associated with earmarks. Before it was disbanded earlier this year, PMA Group’s employees and its political action committee gave current members of Congress $3.4 million between 1989 and 2008, with 79 percent of that going to Democrats, according to OpenSecrets.org.

In July, I posted about the contributions Perlmutter has received from unions for his 2010 campaign.

July 26, 2009

Perlmutter Watch 7-26-09: Contributions from Unions

According to OpenSecrets.org, to date three of the top five contributors to Ed Perlmutter‘s 2010 campaign are unions:

Contributor Total Indivduals PACs
United Food & Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) $10,000 $0 $10,000
Denver West Realty $9,200 $9,200 $0
Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) $5,000 $0 $5,000
Operating Engineers Union (IUOE) $5,000 $0 $5,000
Raytheon Co $5,000 $0 $5,000

The UFCW is a member of Health Care for America Now (HCAN) in its own right (“Who We Are“).  The IBEW and IUOE are both members of the AFL-CIO (“Unions of the AFL-CIO“), which is a member of HCAN’s steering committee (“Who We Are“).  HCAN

is a national grassroots campaign of more than 1,000 organizations in 46 states representing 30 million people dedicated to winning quality, affordable health care we all can count on in 2009. Our organization and principles are supported by President Obama, Vice President Biden, and more than 190 Members of Congress.

We are building a national movement to win comprehensive health care reform by helping mobilize people in their communities to lobby their U.S. Senators and Representatives in Congress to stand up to the insurance companies and other special interest groups to achieve quality, affordable health care in 2009. (“About Us“)

Contact Rep. Perlmutter; remind him that he works for the voters of Colorado’s 7th Congressional District–not the unions, other special interest groups, the Democratic Party, or Barack Obama; and tell him to keep his hands off our health care and health insurance:

Website: http://perlmutter.house.gov/ (Click on “Contact” and then “Contact Forms” for e-mail contact form)
Washington, D.C. Office:
202-225-2645, 202-225-5278 (fax)
District Office: 303-274-7944, 303-274-6455 (fax)

June 2, 2009

Perlmutter Watch 6-1-09

Filed under: Perlmutter Watch — Sofie @ 2:27 pm
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Congressman Perlmutter issued the following statement regarding the GM bankruptcy:

I believe Ch 11 is only way for GM to restructure and deal with their financial situation in a complete fashion to come up with an organization that can compete and succeed.

As we work our way through the aftermath of both the Chrysler and GM bankruptcies, I am committed to trying to cushion the blow to the parties caught in the aftermath of the bankruptcy filings, and I am in the process of working on measures to help dealerships who are losing franchises as part of the bankruptcy agreements transition and develop news business models.

My thoughts are with these businesses, their employees and the families as they work through these difficult times.  I will continue to follow this situation and work with the House Financial Services Committee to take appropriate action where necessary to help stabilize our auto industry because it is essential to our national security, protecting American jobs and maintaining the manufacturing industry in this country to keep our auto industry running. (“Congressman Perlmutter Statement on GM Bankruptcy Filing“)

The auto industry wouldn’t need to be stabilized if the federal government hadn’t interfered by setting CAFE standards and the unions hadn’t blackmailed American auto companies into paying ridiculous amounts in wages and providing absurd medical and retirement benefits for unskilled labor.  The U.S. government shouldn’t be involved in the auto industry–period.

June 1, 2009

Colorado Organizations Supporting Socialized Health Care

Filed under: Health Care — Sofie @ 3:29 pm
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The Colorado organizations listed below are among members of Health Care for America NOW (HCAN), a coalition of more than 1000 organizations that are working toward (more) government control of health care.

HCAN’s steering committee includes “ACORN, AFL-CIO, AFSCME, Americans United for Change, Campaign for America’s Future, Center for American Progress Action Fund, Campaign for Community Change, Children’s Defense Fund Action Council, Communications Workers of America, MoveOn.org, NAACP, National Council of La Raza, National Education Association, National Women’s Law Center, SEIU, UFCW, USAction, and Working America” (“About Us“; emphasis added).  What does that tell you?

HCAN is planning to spend $82 million on advertising and lobbying.  Where did they get the money?

  • 9 to 5 Colorado
  • AFL-CIO
  • AFSCME
  • Colorado Acorn
  • Colorado Education Association
  • Colorado for Health Care
  • Colorado Jobs with Justice
  • Colorado Progressive Action (NWFCO/CCC)
  • Colorado Progressive Coalition
  • Essence of Illumination and Therapeutic Massage
  • FRESC
  • Health Care for All Colorado
  • National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Assn
  • National Physicians Alliance
  • New Era Colorado
  • Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains
  • Progress Now Action
  • Rocky Mountain District Council of Labor
  • SEIU Local 105
  • Sisters of Color United for Education
  • Universalist Church of Greeley Social Justice Committee
  • Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom
  • United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7
  • Colorado Nurses Association
  • Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved
  • American Federation of Teachers
  • American Friends Service Committee
  • Colorado Voices for Coverage Coalition
  • Communication Workers of America
  • Democracia USA/ Democracia Ahora
  • Denver Area Labor Federation
  • Greeley Interfaith Association
  • Healthcare United
  • Jefferson Unitarian Church – Peace, Justice, Liberty Task Force
  • Lambda Community Center
  • Network of Spiritual Progressives
  • Northern Colorado Aids Project
  • Rights for All People/Derechos Para Todos
  • Colorado Nurses Association

December 4, 2008

Video: “Political Refunds for CEA Members”

Filed under: Education — Sofie @ 1:26 pm
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December 1, 2008

Video: “ACP-Ownership.mov”

Filed under: Economics,Politics — Sofie @ 11:45 am
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