Did Hilda Solis violate BCRA, in addition to House ethics rules?
The DC Examiner noted that there could be another, even more serious issue with Hilda Solis. Recall that she was on teh board of Americans Right at Work (ARW), serving as its treasurer, a position with fiduciary responsibilities, in violation of House ethics rules. However, this 501(c)4 also filed electioneering documents with the FEC: But ARW also spent thousands of dollars on television spots described | Read More »
Labor Department makes rules to expose union corruption
From Paul Pringle at the LA Times: The U.S. Labor Department, in the final hours of the Bush administration, has toughened standards to require most unions to publicly report nearly all compensation and expenses for officers and employees, the agency announced Friday. Also broadened were disclosure requirements for the sale and purchase of property, with the aim of revealing whether any union officers or employees | Read More »
Congressional Hispanic Caucus sold advocacy for donations
This story in the Wall Street Journal has not been given enough attention. Basically, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus created an entity to advocate for subprime loans to their constituents in exchange for donations to members of the Caucus. [...] The caucus launched a housing initiative called Hogar — Spanish for home — to work with industry and community groups to increase mortgage lending to Latinos. | Read More »
SEIU’s Hilda Solis at Labor: Andy Stern and Tyrone Freeman got their girl
Hilda Solis and Xavier Becerra were both picked for Barack Obama’s cabinet in positions that are intensely important to the labor movement, Secretary of Labor and US Trade Representative, respectively. Both also come from Los Angeles, the home of the largest and most systematic case of labor crime currently being investigated, that of Tyone Freeman, formerly the head of the LA chapter of SEIU. This | Read More »