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Labor bill Killed After e-mail Links Its fate to Campaign Cash
Seattle Times ^ | 12 March 2009 | Andrew Garber/Jennifer Sullivan

Posted on 03/12/2009 12:32:36 PM PDT by Publius

An e-mail from a state labor group linking campaign donations to contentious worker-rights legislation has prompted legislative leaders to kill the bill and request an investigation by law enforcement.

The e-mail raises "serious legal and ethical questions," Gov. Chris Gregoire and the Democratic leadership in the House and Senate said in a joint statement Wednesday. They referred the issue to the Washington State Patrol for investigation.

Lawmakers would not release the e-mail, but a copy was obtained by The Seattle Times. It was sent to several members of labor organizations as well as a small number of state lawmakers.

The e-mail is an update on labor efforts to pass a bill called the Worker Privacy Act. It would prohibit companies from requiring employees to attend meetings or participate in activities related to political or religious matters, including labor issues.

One part of the e-mail says, "Union leaders would send a message to the State Democratic party and to the Truman and Roosevelt funds from the House and Senate that 'not another dime from labor' until the Governor signs the Worker Privacy Act."

(Excerpt) Read more at seattletimes.nwsource.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: corruption; cultureofcorruption; democratscandals; gregoire; labor; mediabias; somebodytalked; unions; washington
Someone got sloppy.
1 posted on 03/12/2009 12:32:36 PM PDT by Publius
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To: sionnsar

Please ping the chapter.


2 posted on 03/12/2009 12:33:23 PM PDT by Publius (The Quadri-Metallic Standard: Gold and silver for commerce, lead and brass for protection.)
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To: Publius

Worker Piracy Act?

Haven’t heard about that one.


3 posted on 03/12/2009 12:36:28 PM PDT by Islander7 (If you want to anger conservatives, lie to them. If you want to anger liberals, tell them the truth.)
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To: Publius

Pay for play.


4 posted on 03/12/2009 12:37:06 PM PDT by rednesss (fascism is the union,marriage,merger or fusion of corporate economic power with governmental power)
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To: Publius
A spokesman for Senate Democrats said the case raised the question of interest groups providing contributions in exchange for specific legislation, and that by killing the bill, legislative leaders are sending a message that the Legislature is not for sale.

Used food from a horse! The message sent by the legislature is "for gosh darn sakes, don't send out messages like that in public!!! We could have made this happen for you."

5 posted on 03/12/2009 12:38:16 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (May God save America from its government; this is no time for Obamateurs. Emmanuel = Haldeman?)
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To: Publius
Lawmakers would not release the e-mail

Because Democrats were involved.

6 posted on 03/12/2009 12:52:40 PM PDT by a fool in paradise ("I certainly hope he (Bush) doesn’t succeed" - Democratic strategist James Carville 9-11-2001)
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To: Publius

Don't talk about Fight Club!

Don't talk about Democrat base activity!

7 posted on 03/12/2009 12:53:39 PM PDT by a fool in paradise ("I certainly hope he (Bush) doesn’t succeed" - Democratic strategist James Carville 9-11-2001)
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Thanks to Publius for the ping.

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FReepmail sionnsar if you want on or off this ping list.

Ping sionnsar if you see a Washington state related thread.

8 posted on 03/12/2009 1:53:15 PM PDT by sionnsar (Iran Azadi | 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | "Tax the rich" fails if the rich won't play)
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To: Islander7
Worker Piracy Act?

LOL...

9 posted on 03/12/2009 2:00:09 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: Publius

I hate Gregoire and her corrupt associates in both parties, but I don’t see a crime here that is not committed by countless other groups. The only difference is that the Labor Council gets zero style points.


10 posted on 03/12/2009 2:19:27 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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An e-mail from a state labor group linking campaign donations to contentious worker-rights legislation has prompted legislative leaders to kill the bill and request an investigation by law enforcement.

The e-mail raises "serious legal and ethical questions," Gov. Chris Gregoire and the Democratic leadership in the House and Senate said in a joint statement Wednesday. They referred the issue to the Washington State Patrol for investigation.

Lawmakers would not release the e-mail, but a copy was obtained by The Seattle Times. It was sent to several members of labor organizations as well as a small number of state lawmakers.

The e-mail is an update on labor efforts to pass a bill called the Worker Privacy Act. It would prohibit companies from requiring employees to attend meetings or participate in activities related to political or religious matters, including labor issues.

One part of the e-mail says, "Union leaders would send a message to the State Democratic party and to the Truman and Roosevelt funds from the House and Senate that 'not another dime from labor' until the Governor signs the Worker Privacy Act."
Huh?
11 posted on 03/12/2009 4:19:37 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: Publius
That's never stopped them before. Labor (along with gaming) has the strongest voice in Oly....I'm surprised they let a little thing like being found out stop them!

Some good news today, anyway.

12 posted on 03/12/2009 4:56:13 PM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: SeaHawkFan
...but I don’t see a crime here that is not committed by countless other groups.

This appears to be a blatant criminal act with evidence of political contributions tied to the passage of a specific piece of legislation. That is political corruption and should not be tolerated.
And, BTW, it is still a crime even if "everyone else is doing it."

13 posted on 03/12/2009 4:58:31 PM PDT by vox_freedom ("If God be for us, who is against us?" -- Romans 8:31)
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To: Ramius
Worker Piracy Act?

ARRRRRRH, ye scurvy scalawags!

I thought it said "Wanker Privacy Act"

Cheers!

14 posted on 03/12/2009 6:18:30 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: Publius

Does this mean we can get rid of diversity training?


15 posted on 03/12/2009 6:18:52 PM PDT by Twotone
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To: Twotone
Does this mean we can get rid of diversity training?

lol; I mean, YES!

16 posted on 03/12/2009 6:30:37 PM PDT by vox_freedom ("If God be for us, who is against us?" -- Romans 8:31)
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To: vox_freedom

I don’t disagree with you. However, I can assure you that the WSP will not find evidence of any crime.


17 posted on 03/12/2009 7:59:15 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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