Former SEIU boss, Andy Stern, is reportedly part of an FBI corruption probe. Stern, the most frequent guest of the Obama White House in 2009, is also a member of Obama’s Fiscal Commission.
WASHINGTON — The feds are probing former labor leader Andy Stern — one of the most frequent visitors to the Obama White House last year — in a corruption investigation of the Service Employees International Union, according to sources who have been interviewed and media reports.
The FBI and Labor Department investigators are examining $150,000 in fees that an ex-California union boss got as part of an alleged no-work job, and are looking into the details of a $175,000 advance that Stern got in a deal for his book, “A Country That Works.”
Stern, who unexpectedly quit his union post last summer, was the top visitor to the White House in 2009, going there 24 times that year alone.
The White House had no response.
Natch. Let the stonewalling begin.
Did someone from Martha Coakley’s failed campaign sign off on this banner at that MASSIVE counter-rally that Rev. Al headlined?
But the Pinky Ring Brigade will be “heavily represented” according to the Washington Post.
“We want to make sure it is not just the public sector doing this in a vacuum,” said Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to Obama. “It’s important we engage the private sector as well.” Administration officials, however, have excluded major trade associations from the summit, including the National Association of Manufacturers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which represent many of the country’s largest employers.
Some of those groups privately complain that their job creation ideas, including enactment of stalled free trade deals that they say would boost exports, are opposed by labor unions, which will be heavily represented at the forum.
The White House, which has clashed with some of the business groups over their opposition to health-care reform and other initiatives, says it has met repeatedly with those organizations and wants to hear fresh ideas.
Fresh ideas from union thugs, that is. Playing politics with getting hurting Americans back to work may make Barry & Co. feel better today, but they won’t be feeling so satisfied with themselves the next time they are judged by a very pissed off electorate who will see this for what it is.
So these people deserve a seat at the table?