Last year, the State Attorney General’s Office filed a lawsuit against the Service Employees International Union 775NW (SEIU 775) and its political action committee (SEIU 775 PAC). The lawsuit alleged that SEIU 775 and SEIU 775 PAC violated campaign law by failing “to timely and properly file reports of in-kind and monetary contributions as required under the state’s campaign finance laws.”
The AG Office news release stated,
“Following a review of the PDC’s information, the AGO conducted further investigation and found evidence that SEIU 775 and SEIU 775 PAC failed to file reports of both in-kind and monetary contributions. The complaint alleges that SEIU 775 failed to file reports of monetary contributions totaling $1.39 million as well as in-kind contributions — including staff time, office space, postal and web services, and telephones — made to the SEIU 775 PAC from 2010 to 2015. While SEIU 775 PAC reported receiving the monetary contributions, the PAC failed to properly file reports of any in-kind contributions received from SEIU 775.”
Well, now the decision has been handed down and it doesn’t look good for one of Democrats’ favorite unions. State officials found that SEIU 775 violated campaign finance reporting and handed down a fine of $39,000. According to MyNorthwest.com, SEIU 775 PAC will also “pay a $6,000, with $1,500 of that suspended as long as it updates its reports and complies with reporting requirements.”
SEIU 775 attempted to hide its election activities from the people who pay for them through forced union dues and from the public as well. Fortunately, this time around, the union bosses got caught.
First off, union dues are forced. Everyone has the right to work, and if you don’t want to belong to a union, find a different company to work for. Next, dues money, if that was what they were using, which is doubtful, is against the law. Not only a fine, but the people involved should have some jail time coming.