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U.S. Attorney may investigate the link between the SEIU and the White House

February 1, 2010

  SEIU president Andy Stern spent quite a bit of time at the White House last year. He was a frequent guest of Barack Obama. SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger also spent quite a bit of time hobnobbing with the president. To be exact– in 2009 Andy Stern visited the White House 28 times and Anna Burger visited the White House 32 times.

 But what were they up to and did they spend so much time there?

  Those are the questions that the Americans for Tax Reform and Alliance for Worker Freedom groups want answered. These groups have written a letter to the District of Columbia attorney asking for an investigation into whether Andy Stern and  Anna Burger violated the Lobbying Disclosure Act.

  Federal prosecutors are now reviewing this request to see if there is a possibility that anything improper happened between Andy Stern, Anna Burger, the White House, and congress. The issue at hand is the fact that both of these people are former lobbyists and current executives of the SEIU, did these visits constitute lobbying? If so they failed to report these activities as is required by law.

  As the article that I linked to above states, it is perfectly feasible that Andy Stern and Anna Burger, while making frequent visits to the White House and to congress as president of the SEIU, could have turned the conversation towards healthcare reform and card check– two issues near and dear to the SEIU. If this happened there could be a clear violation of the Lobbying Disclosure Act.

  According to an article by, the SEIU is claiming that the charges are meritless and the White House is remaining mum on this issue. It certainly appears as if something fishy was going on here. It is hard to believe that these people were frequent guests at the White House and they never mentioned these two issues that they are so interested in. They have a stake in both the healthcare reform issue and naturally the card check issue. The question is not IF they talked about these issues, it is more than likely they did, the question is how much did they talk about these issues?

  If they spent 20% of their time lobbying and they did not report it, they committed a crime. There needs to be an investigation into this, I hope that the attorney reviewing this case will see it my way. There is no way that they visited the White House 60 times between the two of them and didn’t sway the conversation into these two topics. If, as they say, they did nothing wrong they should welcome this investigation as a means to clear their names.

  I do not believe for a minute that the president invited these people to the White house this many times and didn’t have an ulterior motive. We need to get to the bottom of this, the American people deserve the answer.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 2, 2010 4:58 pm

    Does anyone really think that SEIU and Obama didn’t talk about health care or card check—give me a break. But will ever learn the truth—No! Those conservations are protected and thats just the way it is and no court would touch this issue—seperation of powers! Wish we could learn the truth, but its just not in the tea leaves.


    • February 2, 2010 8:48 pm

      I find it beyond belief that these issues never came up but you are rigjt, we will never know the truth.


  2. Deb permalink
    February 3, 2010 4:44 pm

    Just ask Toyota what SEIU’s “alterior motives” may or may not be.


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