Top Union to Spend $150 Million in 40 States to Help Defeat Trump

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has launched a massive campaign to turn out voters across the country to vote against President Donald Trump in the November general election. 

According to The Associated Press, the campaign is the largest voter turn out the operation in the union’s history. The union, which says it has around 2 million voters, is one of the largest in the country.

“He’s systematically unwinding and attacking unions. Federal workers’ rights have been totally eviscerated under his watch,” union president Mary Kay Henry said of Trump.

The union plans to spend $150 million in 40 states, but mostly focused on Colorado, Michigan, Florida, Minnesota, Nevada, Wisconsin, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Most of the campaign will be focused on online advertising and making contact with people who normally do not vote.

Additionally, the AP said the SEIU plans to target women and minority voters. The 2016 presidential election was noted for its low turn out of minority voters. 

Maria Peralta, the union’s political director, noted that the Trump campaign has been working to reach minority voters and win them over.

“He’s going after our communities in ways that are pervasive. We’re deeply aware of that,” Peralta said, adding, “They’re talking about the strength of the economy.”

The Trump campaign announced that it is launching a new initiative in battleground states to try to win over African American voters. The campaign plans to open 15 offices in “high-traffic areas,” where voters can go to hear about “what they’ve gained from President Trump and what more they could gain if they get more four years,”according to White House senior adviser Jared Kushner.

Peralta said the union’s campaign would stay away from attacks on Trump and focus more on the economy. She added, “Data shows people care about wages, and they care about health care across the board.”

News of the SEIU’s campaign comes as Trump’s allies have ramped up pressure on donors to increase their contributions to help combat a deluge of ads from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has already spent half a billion dollars on advertisements in his presidential primary bid. 

Responses

  1. It’s weird that so many on the Left oppose Citizens United v. FEC.
    They’ve been accepting donations from unions for decades.
    Unions–SEIU, AFSCME, IBEW, NEA, etc.– regularly appear in the top 25 LARGEST political donors to the Dims. For decades.

    1. Ha ha ha ha, you idiot!

      Those who oppose CU and unlimited money in our elections oppose ALL corporate, PAC, union, lobbyist, aggregate collections of any kind, etcetera.

      Yang was suggesting his Democracy Dollar plan, to publicly finance elections. Others have suggested other ways. The current system is not “the best” that we can get and we owe it to ourselves to do things differently.

  2. The irony here is that employment of women and minorities are at historic lows SO THEY CAN JOIN UNIONS if they want to. Note that actually being employed in an industry is part of being in a union.

    1. So true. As a young impressionable out of college, took a position with a national company. But we were a closed shop and had to join the union. Went on strike for a week, got employees a few dollars more a week and promptly raised union dues. And that is when I decided to someday go into my own business. So $150M!!! That’s a lot of union dues. Something very wrong with this.

      1. I worked for some years as a union electrician and experienced first-hand the nepotism, corruption, and embezzlement (three top officers were convicted).

      2. Did you know that the IBEW has for decades been a top Dim contributor?

        I wonder why working against someone who has spurred the economy, jobs, and construction is a benefit for their members?

  3. It shows that unions are just another corrupt arm of the demoCROOK party. What’s worse is there’s no reason for unions to have that much money available for illegal political campaigning.

  4. When I was in an industry that had to deal with these people they were the absolute worst! They hired strikers, were violent and unbearable. They are part of the problem, not the solution!

    1. Which industry was that (unless you don’t want to answer – I’m more just curious)?

      What is a hired striker? Is that where the union hires people to pretend to be an abused worker on strike?

    2. Agreed. I once worked in a metal fabricating factory (in Missouri) where one or two of the uneducated types thought it would be cool to be represented by a union; even threatening to put sugar in the gas tanks of those of us who wouldn’t go along. Most refused and the management and owner kept the union reps off the property. As a result, the union gave up trying after several weeks and the factory remained union-free.

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