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Michigan campaign finance violation draws near-record fine for union's actions in 2012 election
Mlive.com ^ | March 10, 2014 | Brian Smith

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.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: democrats; michigan; seiu; thugs
For those unaware, the highest fine ever paid was paid by our current democrat candidate for governor, Mark Schauer.
1 posted on 03/10/2014 5:16:37 PM PDT by cripplecreek
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To: Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
The purple people beaters chose to pay rather than attract too much more attention to themselves.

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2 posted on 03/10/2014 5:18:27 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

a union corrupted an election?

learn something everyday here.


3 posted on 03/10/2014 5:18:33 PM PDT by AlmaKing
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To: AlmaKing

Shocking isn’t it?


4 posted on 03/10/2014 5:19:29 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

The Helpful Union Guys (THUGs)


5 posted on 03/10/2014 5:22:44 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: cripplecreek
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.

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.

6 posted on 03/10/2014 5:22:54 PM PDT by upchuck (South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy for Speaker of the House!!!)
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To: cripplecreek

“SEIU”

WHO would have THUNK IT?


7 posted on 03/10/2014 5:23:09 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey (Jesus came to Save not Entertain / Ground John Kerry Now!)
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To: cripplecreek

Look for the union a-hole


8 posted on 03/10/2014 5:23:21 PM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: cripplecreek
The union issued a statement after the settlement blaming the violations on human error.

What if the Sect of State had found them guilty of intentional human errors?

After all, SEIU paid the fine with others’ union dues.

9 posted on 03/10/2014 5:25:42 PM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: upchuck
I don't believe such violations are jail able offenses.

However its the least of the union problems in Michigan.

MEA Says 8,000 Haven't Paid Dues; Some Teachers Say Union Intentionally Misled Members
10 posted on 03/10/2014 5:28:07 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: upchuck
200K is POCKET CHANGE for a union.

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 $.

11 posted on 03/10/2014 5:38:24 PM PDT by boop (I just wanted a President. But I got a rock.)
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To: cripplecreek

$200,000? Need to add a couple zeros.


12 posted on 03/10/2014 5:45:35 PM PDT by umgud (2A can't survive dem majorities)
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To: cripplecreek

instead of fines it would be nice if their political activities were suspended for an election cycle.


13 posted on 03/10/2014 5:45:37 PM PDT by Usagi_yo (Standardization is an Evolutionary dead end.)
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To: cripplecreek

Shocked face

:O


14 posted on 03/10/2014 5:46:13 PM PDT by AppyPappy
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Who else, the Service Employees International Union. Thanks cripplecreek.


15 posted on 03/10/2014 5:53:34 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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About the MEA not having 8000 members paying dues..

All I can say is ... It’s F’n BEAUTIFUL!


16 posted on 03/10/2014 6:10:06 PM PDT by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
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And the MEA is considering sending bill collectors to get the dues.

Yeah that’s gonna help. LOL


17 posted on 03/10/2014 6:16:52 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: upchuck
Money means nothing to a corrupt union and won't do a thing towards preventing something like this from happening again.

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.

18 posted on 03/10/2014 6:40:36 PM PDT by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: Oatka

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.


19 posted on 03/10/2014 6:52:10 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: SunkenCiv

SEIU. The Purple People Beaters.


20 posted on 03/10/2014 8:15:12 PM PDT by gigster (Cogito, Ergo, Ronaldus Magnus Conservatus)
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To: cripplecreek
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.

Indeed. Start with refunding their extorted dues and go from there.

21 posted on 03/11/2014 12:16:56 PM PDT by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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