Skip to comments.Michigan campaign finance violation draws near-record fine for union's actions in 2012 election
Posted on 03/10/2014 5:16:37 PM PDT by cripplecreek
LANSING -- The Service Employees International Union will pay almost $200,000 to settle alleged campaign finance violations from a failed 2012 ballot proposal seeking collective bargaining rights for home health workers.
The settlement was announced Monday by Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, whose office investigated a complaint that the union skirted campaign finance laws. The complaint was filed by political advocacy group Michigan Freedom Fund
The complaint accused the principals behind Home Care First and Citizens for Affordable Quality Home Care of intentionally delaying required filings with Johnson's office to conceal that SEIU had made substantial contributions to support the proposal.
"Michigan law requires all organizations, including 501(c)4 nonprofit corporations, to file complete campaign finance reports when spending directly in support of a ballot question, Johnson said in a statement announcing the settlement. These organizations cannot be used as a means to conceal the identity of the true contributors. This agreement reflects our commitment to transparency and accountability in the campaign finance process, especially in an election year.
The settlement agreement does not contain a formal accusation of guilt, but says that Johnson's office "finds that there may be reason to believe that Citizens violated" state campaign finance laws, and the organizations do not admit to any wrongdoing as part of the agreement.
While the settlement was entered into between the Department of State and Citizens for Affordable Quality Home Care, more than 99 percent of that organization's funds came from SEIU contributions. Johnson's office identified the union as the source of the fine payment.
The union issued a statement after the settlement blaming the violations on human error.
"Filing and reporting errors were inadvertently made in SEIU's efforts to provide support for the Proposal 4 campaign to secure quality affordable home care for Michigan families. We have decided not to dispute the preliminary finding of the Secretary of State and the Secretary of State and SEIU Michigan consider this matter closed," the union said.
a union corrupted an election?
learn something everyday here.
Shocking isn’t it?
The Helpful Union Guys (THUGs)
Cool! Now who's going to jail? Money means nothing to a corrupt union and won't do a thing towards preventing something like this from happening again.
People going to jail would at least slow it down.
WHO would have THUNK IT?
Look for the union a-hole
What if the Sect of State had found them guilty of intentional human errors?
After all, SEIU paid the fine with others’ union dues.
The SEIU gave donations to democrats in the neighborhood of 30 million in 2012.
And that's ONE union.
And that's cash.
The amount $ involved in GOTV robocalls, and general harassment of citizens by union thugs is probably many multiples of that.
Let's not forget the MSM, which also covers up such "activities" by unions.
Probably worth another couple million $.
$200,000? Need to add a couple zeros.
instead of fines it would be nice if their political activities were suspended for an election cycle.
Who else, the Service Employees International Union. Thanks cripplecreek.
About the MEA not having 8000 members paying dues..
All I can say is ... It’s F’n BEAUTIFUL!
And the MEA is considering sending bill collectors to get the dues.
Yeah that’s gonna help. LOL
Same thing with knowingly hiring illegals or other Corporate rule bendings. Until the CEO or even some mid-level lackey goes to jail for a year or so, you are correct. Fines are just a cost of doing business to these people, so it is time to raise the costs considerably.
The SEIU us being sued for some $30 million dollars by people who were illegally forced into the union. I’d rather those private citizens get the money.
SEIU. The Purple People Beaters.
Indeed. Start with refunding their extorted dues and go from there.