The stunning footage showing ACORN giving advice to would-be brothel operators about how to get federal money to open up a bordello featuring underage prostitutes smuggled in from El Salvador has caused Congress to drop any plans to provide public funds to ACORN. Will that also mean that candidates for office in Virginia will be foregoing campaign contributions tied to this discredited organization? Ken Cuccinelli is calling on Steve Shannon to do so, but the list of money flowing from ACORN’s affiliates to Democrats in Virginia is much more extensive than that.
ACORN’s finances are somewhat difficult to unravel, but we do know that in a number of cases ACORN and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) share office space and have deep financial inter-relationships. The SEIU frequently hires ACORN to provide administrative services, the SEIU funds a number of ACORN projects. It even hired ACORN to the tune of a half million dollars to attack Wal-Mart on their behalf. The Washington Examiner has dug into this, demonstrating how difficult it is to draw a line that might separate the two organizations.
While the organization’s complicated structure makes is difficult to determine how many affiliates and subsidiaries are tied in with ACORN’s vast apparatus, its connection with organized labor, especially the Service Employees International Union, is well-established, Vadum observed. SEIU Locals 100 and 880 are identified as allied organizations on ACORN’s web site. U.S. Department of Labor LM-2’s (financial disclosure forms) point to over $600,000 in transactions between these same SEIU locals and other ACORN operations. A 2007 LM-2 form shows SEIU Local 880, which is active in Illinois and Minnesota, donated $60,118 to ACORN for “membership services.” Organized labor has kicked it back in the form of gifts and grants to ACORN totaling $2.4 million, the LM-2’s reveal.
So how much SEIU money has been flowing into Virginia? How about $1.3 million since 2001? Here’s the list from the Virginia Public Access Project:
$345,485 Kaine for Governor - Tim
$300,000 Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee
$200,000 Democratic Party - Virginia Senate Caucus
$100,000 Deeds for Governor - Creigh
$100,000 Moving Virginia Forward
$85,000 Democratic Party - Virginia House Caucus
$50,000 Bulova for Fairfax County Board Chair - Sharon
$50,000 Kaine Inaugural Committee 2006
$25,000 Democratic Party - Va Victory 2001
$20,000 Democratic Attorney Generals Assn Virginia
$15,000 Byrne for Lt Governor - Leslie
$10,000 21st Century Democrats
$10,000 Barker for Senate - George
$10,000 Northam for Senate - Ralph
$10,000 Oleszek for Senate - Janet
$5,000 Bouchard for Delegate - Joseph
$5,000 Martinez for Delegate - Marty
$5,000 Shannon for Attorney General - Steve
$5,000 Vanderhye for Delegate - Margaret
$1,000 Democratic Party - Latino Organization of Va
$700 Democratic Party - Alexandria, Va
$250 Amundson for Delegate - Kristen
That list includes six figures worth of SEIU/ACORN money for Creigh Deeds this election cycle, and $150,000 to the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, most of which has flowed to the Democratic House Caucus. Will Creigh Deeds and House Democrats keep this money and be answerable to ACORN and the SEIU as a result? Just look at Gerry Connolly ducking the vote to de-fund ACORN after being endorsed by the SEIU and receiving campaign contributions from them. It’s not encouraging at all to see what Democrats supported by ACORN and the SEIU will do when they have to choose between the interests of their constituents and the interests of their ACORN-affiliated campaign contributors.
The next time you get a mailer from Democrats or see one of their television ads, you can rest assured that was made possible in part by ACORN and their affiliates. How reassuring.
UPDATE: Other SEIU organizations are active funneling money into Virginia elections as well. Here’s more:
SEIU Local 32BJ NY/NJ American Dream Fund PAC (2007-2009)
$22,732 McAuliffe for Governor - Terry
$6,791 Bulova for Fairfax County Board Chair - Sharon
$6,500 Shannon for Attorney General - Steve
$5,000 Werkheiser for Delegate - Gregory
$1,000 Miller for Delegate - Stevens
$250 Caputo for Delegate - Chuck
$250 Hope for Delegate - Patrick
$250 Hudgins for Fairfax County Board of Supervisors - Catherine
$250 Keam for Delegate - Mark
$250 Nichols for Delegate - Paul
$250 Poisson for Delegate - David
$250 Surovell for Delegate - Scott A
$200 Krupicka for Alexandria City Council - K Rob
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