Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 775 isn’t the only local labor union under scrutiny for violating state campaign finance law. On Monday, the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) voted unanimously on Monday to recommend that the Attorney General’s Office file a lawsuit against SEIU 925—the sister union on SEIU 775.
The PDC found that SEIU 925 neglected to “report more than $1 million in cash and hundreds of thousands more in donated labor, postage and other election services.” Via the Freedom Foundation,
“Just two weeks earlier, the AG filed a lawsuit against SEIU 775, which had failed to report $1.4 million in cash and enough in-kind services to bring the total in that case alone to more than $2 million.
“Both cases are the result of PDC complaints filed in July and August by the Freedom Foundation.”
The AG’s Office has 10 days to decide whether or not to actually file a lawsuit against SEIU 925. If the AG’s Office does not, the Freedom Foundation has vowed that it would. The Freedom Foundation,
“While the PDC staff only recommended prosecution for a portion of the Freedom Foundation’s alleged violations, the board acknowledged the union had clearly violated the law and, because of the large amount of money involved in SEIU’s cover-up scheme, recommended the Attorney General, and not the PDC, move forward with a lawsuit.”
Just like SEIU 775, it appears that SEIU 925 is attempting to hide its election activities from the people who pay for them through forced union dues and from the public as well.
Clay Fitzgerald says
Corruption in organized labor! Is that any surprise, at all… to anyone who isn’t part of organized labor? May just as well call it organized crime.