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Union Announcement Proves Left is Buying “Grass Roots” Support
Posted By Ernest Istook On August 13, 2009 @ 11:00 am In Health Care | 10 Comments
It’s time for the Left to quit pretending that conservative activism is artificial and orchestrated, but liberal activism is genuine.
They haven’t presented credible evidence that the huge crowds at town hall meetings are paid shills. But there’s plenty of evidence that the Left relies on huge numbers of paid workers to hit the streets and show up at meetings.
The biggest proof is an announcement made in January —long before the town hall flare-ups—by the SEIU labor union (Service Employees International Union). This is the union whose purple shirts are so visible in town hall altercations.
SEIU announced it would hire over 1,000 people to work in 35 states on behalf of the Obama agenda, which it calls “Change That Works”. As stated in its press release:
The SEIU website has listings  that show it continues to hire more activists.
And which are the 35 states where these 1,000+ paid activists are working? SEIU identified them as Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.
Their ongoing campaign is a follow-up to the almost $61-million the SEIU spent to elect Obama. Union president Andy Stern recently told the Las Vegas Sun , “We spent a fortune to elect Barack Obama–$60.7 million to be exact—and we’re proud of it.”
Now they want payback. And as their behavior at townhalls demonstrates, the SEIU is willing to do anything to get it. 
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URLs in this post:
 announcement made in January: http://www.seiu.org/2009/01/seiu-unveils-major-national-campaign-to-bring-economic-solutions-to-main-street-1.php
 listings: http://www.seiu.org/jobs.php
 Las Vegas Sun: http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009/may/10/stern-unplugged-seiu-chief-labor-movement-and-card/
 the SEIU is willing to do anything to get it. : http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=33119
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