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It’s All About The (Union) Money

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2012/06/08

Since Governor Walker won election in the TEAnami of 2010 and proceeded to follow through with his campaign promises, Unions have spent 50 million or more fighting against the democratic election. And for good reason: the money. Unions saw their cash cow — forced Union dues to fund their politicking and to line their pockets — vanishing before their very eyes, and they had to do something to stop it. So they spent millions of dollars they couldn’t afford to lose in order to try to prevent losing even millions more dollars. They failed, of course.

From The Wall Street Journal (via American Thinker‘s May 31 article):

Wisconsin membership in the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees-the state’s second-largest public-sector union after the National Education Association, which represents teachers-fell to 28,745 in February from 62,818 in March 2011, according to a person who has viewed Afscme’s figures. A spokesman for Afscme declined to comment.

Much of that decline came from Afscme Council 24, which represents Wisconsin state workers, whose membership plunged by two-thirds to 7,100 from 22,300 last year.

AFSCME Wisconsin lost more than 54 percent of its members in only one year since the Wisconsin Law went into effect. And those numbers are several months old. Guaranteed AFSCME Wisconsin has lost even more members since February. But to the Union Leaders, it’s not about the number of members (34,073 from March 2011 to February 2012) it loses, but the amount of dollars it loses.

I was a forced Union member for far too many years. My Union dues — which I did not want to pay but were required by Law to be taken out of my paycheck before I ever saw it — amounted to 60 dollars a month, 720 dollars a year. And that was actually on the bottom end of the dues rate for that Local (which served more than that one shop, of course). Washington State AFSCME members can be forced to pay as much as 76 dollars a month, 912 dollars a year. So, using what I paid in dues as the marker, AFSCME Wisconsin in just one year of dues-payer losses lost 24,532,560 dollars per year in Union dues. 24 and a half million dollars a year gone from the Union Leaders’ slush funds, and gone from the Democrat Party’s re-election funds. And that’s just from a single Union in a single State. That doesn’t count all the other Unions who lost members in Wisconsin, nor all the other states where Unions have recently lost large numbers of members. It only counts AFSCME and only in Wisconsin.

That is why the Unions spent upwards of 50 million dollars trying to overturn democratic elections.

(The above chart is of the all-time top political contributors nationally, as documented by Open Secrets. The top four circled political contributors are all Public Employee Unions and the bottom circled political contributor contains Public Employee Unions. Before any radical Leftist start screaming about the Koch Brothers not being on the list, they are … at number 77.)

UPDATE 2012610
Hot Air has more very related information today. It would be wise to read it (and watch the two videos).

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Democrat Rulers Despise Democracy

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/12/06

Case in point: Mark Dayton, Democrat Governor of Minnesota.

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Background numbers:

Election results:
Mark Dayton garnered 43.6 percent of the vote, far less than a majority, or 919,232 votes.
Tom Emmer, the Republican candidate, gained 43.2 percent of the vote, or 910,462 votes.
The top independent vote-getter was Tom Horner with 11.9 percent of the vote, or 251,487 votes.
(source: Wikipedia)

Political money:
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) is number 3 in political contribution money from 1989 to present, giving a total of 46,356,658 dollars to political campaigns. 94 percent of their money goes to Democrat electioneering while only 1 percent (less than 500,000 of their over 46,000,000) goes towards a Republican. Every last dime of union dues comes directly from tax dollars, meaning Conservatives are paying for the Socialist voice.

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is number 5 in political contribution money from 1989 to present, giving a total of 37,757,242 dollars to political campaigns. 76 percent of their money goes to Democrat electioneering while only 2 percent (less than 800,000 of their over 37,000,000) goes toward a Republican.
(Source: Open Secrets)

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Governor Mark Dayton, against whom over 56 percent of Minnesotans voted, decided he didn’t need no democratic process. He decided he was god of Minnesota and could rule with uncontested power, and give kickbacks to two powerful unions who feed off of tax-payers, despite the fact a clear majority of Minnesotans voted against him. Well, a Minnesota judge ruled against him and his god-like power-grab.

Yes, Mark Dayton, the Democrat/Farm/Labor Party candidate who lost a large majority of the vote but was still elected Governor, decided he was going to write a law and completely bypass the law-writing body of Minnesota who had already rejected his desires. And a Minnesota judge called him out.

Of the 11,000 Minnesota-licensed child-care providers (and why the licensing, other than to get money paid into the state government coffers?), 4,300 get state subsidies. Mark Dayton, who despises the democrat process, decided to write an executive order requiring an election process for unionization of those 4,300 providers. And SEIU and AFSCME loved it! Because that was something they absolutely want. Well, a judge said the Governor cannot write law; that’s up to the Legislature. And the judge put a temporary restraining order on the god of Minnesota. Poo-poo SEIU, the Socialist purple people beaters. Poo-poo AFSCME, the Socialists. Poo-poo Mark Dayton (D) who thinks himself god. And hooray for Constitutional separation of powers, which once again defeated a Democrat who necessarily hates actual democracy.

Source: Hot Air

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