SEIU Plans to Spend $100 Million of Union Dues to Support Liberals in the Midwest

By NTK Staff | 08.25.2017 @3:30pm
SEIU Plans to Spend $100 Million of Union Dues to Support Liberals in the Midwest

The Service Employee International Union (SEIU) is moving on from a failed 2016 election cycle by ... spending more money.

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) will spend $100 million trying to elect liberal Democrats in the midwest, according to a new report.

It’s the buried lede in a New York Times report released Thursday on how the SEIU is planning a “Big Push to Turn Midwest Political Tide,” which they lost to President Trump in the 2016 presidential election.

Two people briefed on the initiative said the overall budget would approach $100 million, though that figure includes a substantial portion of money that the union was already likely to spend in these states. Even so, the initiative ensures that the political spending will primarily support outreach to voters on key issues, which would not necessarily have been the case.

It’s unclear how successful the SEIU will be with $100 million, though, since organized labor spent around $1.7 billion on “mostly” Democrats in 2016 and came out with little to show for it.

In fact, according to the Washington Free Beacon, the SEIU itself had to trim its headquarters staff after spending “$60 million on politics and lobbying and $19 million on the Fight for 15 movement in 2016.” The SEIU disputed the report in April 2017, instead saying that final decisions would not be made “until the summer.”

The SEIU’s pledge for big spending comes as it’s losing money from union dues, thanks in part to efforts by the nonprofit Freedom Foundation to educate union members that they don’t have to pay dues that often go to liberal candidates.

The Washington Examiner had more on the Freedom Foundation’s efforts last month.

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