Big labor unions say they’re all about helping workers. So why do they spend so much money on themselves and on politics?
The SEIU spends one third of the money it brings in through union dues on overhead and political contributions, but you probably won’t hear about this on the news.
The union collected about $320 million from its 1.8 million members, who are primarily government employees and health care workers. For every $3 that a union member contributed to its coffers, $1 went to functions outside of membership services.
The union spent about $55 million paying union administrators and covering overhead costs, including more than $276,000 to president Mary Kay Henry. …
Union staffers weren’t the only ones to profit from membership dues. Lobbyists and political campaigns benefited from SEIU dollars during the 2014 elections.
The union spent about $48 million on “political activities and lobbying” on the year. It was the seventh biggest spender at the federal level, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, with all the money going to support Democratic candidates and associated liberal campaign apparatus.
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