SEIU's Role in Blagojevich Scandal/Ties to ACORN Highlighted in Full-Page New York Times Ad

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SEIU official offered to "put that flag up and see where it goes" in response to Blagojevich's pay-for-play proposal

This recent pay-for-play scandal is not unlike union bosses openly quid pro quo relationship with politicians regarding the Employee Free Choice Act, which would force millions of American workers into unions against their will.

A full-page advertisement in today's New York Times, paid for by the Center for Union Facts (CUF), highlights the Service Employees International Union's (SEIU) role in Governor Rod Blagojevich's recent pay-for-play scandal. The ad also connects the SEIU to the much-indicted group ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now).

The text of the ad reads:

SEIU has given more cash to Rod Blagojevich than any other group in America. They also offered to help in his "sale" of a U.S. Senate seat. And SEIU has been a long-time financial partner of the often-indicted ACORN.

What's next for SEIU?

The union is now using their political influence to pass the deceptively-named Employee Free Choice Act. This bill would give [Andy] Stern and other union bosses the tools to intimidate employees and force them into paying billions in union dues.

The ad pictures Andy Stern, President of the SEIU, Rod Blagojevich and ACORN.

According to the indictment against Governor Blagojevich, an SEIU official listened to Blagojevich's proposal to trade his Senate appointment for a high-dollar job with the union and agreed to "put that flag up and see where it goes."

Furthermore, SEIU's Illinois Political Action Committee gave Gov. Blagojevich $908,000, making it the single largest campaign contributor for his re-election campaign. In turn, Blagojevich signed a state law handing over 49,000 state child care workers to SEIU local 880, which is run by the notorious community organizing group ACORN. The deal nearly tripled SEIU 880's income from $7 million in 2005 to $21 million in 2007.

"Governor Blagojevich's high-profile indictment has shone a light on SEIU's propensity for doing business with corrupt groups and people," said CUF executive director, Richard Berman. "This recent pay-for-play scandal is not unlike union bosses openly quid pro quo relationship with politicians regarding the Employee Free Choice Act, which would force millions of American workers into unions against their will."

Berman concluded, "We should all be skeptical of the political agenda of a group like the SEIU, which clearly has no problem breaking the rules and sitting at the table with those looking to game the system."

To learn more visit: http://www.UnionFacts.com. For further information or to arrange an interview please call Sarah Longwell at (202) 463-7106.

The Center for Union Facts is a non-profit organization supported by foundations, businesses, union members, and the general public. We are dedicated to showing Americans the facts about today's union leadership.

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