Skip to comments.What Is Andy Stern?
Posted on 04/09/2010 9:16:53 AM PDT by NetRight Nation
On March 31, 2010, the SEIU filed their LM-2 forms required by Federal law. In the quest to provide transparency of what the SEIU is doing, some startling revelations have been made since the documents have come to light.
Specifically, recent information disclosed in the LM-2 forms filed begs to question about the President of that organization's status as a lobbyist. Is Andy Stern a lobbyist, and if not, what is he then?
According to the dictionary of Merriam-Webster, a lobbyist is a person that conducts "activities aimed at influencing public officials and especially members of a legislative body on legislation." One would argue that Andy Stern, who has been the most frequent visitor of the White House, is indeed acting as a lobbyist does.
Of course more important, is how lobbying is defined by the Lobbying Disclosure Act:
The term lobbyist means any individual who is employed or retained by a client for financial or other compensation for services that include more than one lobbying contact, other than an individual whose lobbying activities constitute less than 20 percent of the time engaged in the services provided by such individual to that client over a six month period.
In its 2009 LM-2 filing, the SEIU claims outright that Andy Stern has spent 32 percent of his time performing political and lobbying activities. As cited above by the Lobbying Disclosure Act, a lobbyist must file if they spend 20 percent of their time lobbying. Clearly Andy Stern does. But, he has failed to file.
Which gave Americans for Worker Freedom and Americans for Tax Reform reason to call Stern out last week. They have formally requested that U.S. Attorney Channing Phillips investigate Stern for potentially illegal lobbying activities last November.
Cleta Mitchell, a leading election and financial disclosure requirement law expert and author of the Lobbying Compliance Handbook, had this to say about Andy Sterns lack of filing as a lobbyist, On face value, it appears that Andy Stern is in violation of the Federal Lobbying, Registration and Disclosure requirements.
Its possible that whomever prepared the LM-2 made an error. But, it is far more likely that Stern failed to file the proper paperwork to lobby in Washington, D.C. The truth must be known.
As Barack Obama promised in 2008: I dont take a dime of their [lobbyist] money, and when I am president, they won't find a job in my White House. But in 2010, Stern finds himself the recipient of an appointment to serve on Obamas Debt commission.
Hopefully, when we get to the bottom of this matter, justice will be provided. Either way, someone is in trouble. It will either come down that the LM-2 was improperly filed or that Stern failed to file his lobbyist registration paperwork. If the latter is the case, we can only hope that justice will be provided as effectively as it was against Jack Abramoff.
A bottom feeder who used union pension funds to elect democrats so they could seize taxpayer dollars to pay for pension funds to elect more democrats.
He’s a communist who is poised to take away YOUR retirement monies, your 401K and your IRA’s. You will then be given a stipend to live on determined by him and Obama when you retire,......at 75! Believe it!
If you are hired to lobby on behalf of some organization that you don’t otherwise belong to, in my mind you are a paid lobbyist and should be registered as such.
If you are the head of an organization, you are lobbying on behalf of that organization 24 hours a day 365 days a week. Everyone already knows who and what you are and what your business interest is. The requirement to register as a lobbyist wouldn’t make sense.
Stern doesn’t need to register as a lobbyist when we already know he is the head of SEIU. He ought to have to register with the Office of Homeland Security as a communist security risk. Secret Service could then bar him from coming anywhere near the president.
Either he or Bill Ayers would be favorites for the Supreme Court!
Stern’s a communist thug who deserves the end of a rope.
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