The SEIU is back in the news today. This major labor organization made it into Blago’s complaint last week. But in California, the group is in hot water as well. The Los Angeles Times reports:
A nonprofit organization founded by California’s largest union local reported spending nothing on its charitable purpose — to develop housing for low-income workers — during at least two of the four years it has been operating, federal records show.
The charity, launched by a scandal-ridden Los Angeles chapter of the Service Employees International Union, had total expenses of about $165,000 for 2005 and 2006, and all of the money went to consulting fees, insurance costs and other overhead, according to its Internal Revenue Service filings.
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“Of the 5,000-plus charities we’ve looked at, I don’t think we’ve ever seen one that didn’t spend anything on its charitable programs,” said Sandra Miniutti, vice president of Charity Navigator, an online rating service.
Last year, the nonprofit reported spending $513,000 in connection with a Compton housing development, and $59,200 in consulting fees for its charitable programs, which together accounted for about 88% of its total outlays.
The primary mission of the charity — the Long Term Care Housing Corp. — is to provide affordable homes for the local’s members, most of whom earn about $9 an hour caring for the elderly and infirm. But SEIU officials declined to discuss the charity, saying it is a separate legal entity from the union, even though its board is dominated by officials from the local. The charity is located at the local’s headquarters.
Hmm. I don’t suppose you’ll see members of the President-elect’s transition team or leaders in Congress calling for an investigation of the SEIU (which seems to be rivaling ACORN for the title of most nefarious dealings in multiple states). That would be because the SEIU is far too critical to the Democratic Party in financial and organizational support.
Nevertheless, the public should wake up and start demanding an investigation of the SEIU’s questionable activities. And if the media weren’t so busy explaining why there’s absolutely no connection between the President-elect and Blago-gate, they might turn their attention to the intimate connection between the SEIU (and the rest of Big Labor) and the Democratic Party. People might be curious to know how the New Politics really works and who supports the Democrats, who intend to remake federal labor law to suit the needs of their most lavish supporters.