AWF Calls for Investigation of SEIU President Andy Stern
Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) and the Alliance for Worker Freedom (AWF) formally requested an investigation by the acting United States Attorney Channing D. Phillips, Esq., into the potentially illegal lobbying activities of the Service Employee International Union (SEIU) President Andy Stern.
In a letter hand delivered to the U.S. Attorney’s office, the Senate Secretary and the House Clerk, ATR President Grover Norquist and AWF Executive Director Brian Johnson wrote:
By this letter, we urge you to investigate the activities of Mr. Andy Stern, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), regarding meetings and other lobbying contacts with administration, White House and Congress during 2009. Specifically, it is important to determine whether those and related activities could constitute unregistered “lobbying” by Mr. Stern in violation of the Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA), 2 U.S.C. 1601, et seq. In fact, Mr. Stern was a registered lobbyist for SEIU until January of 2007 when he terminated his registration. For the reasons discussed below it appears that Mr. Stern continued to lobby extensively after he terminated his registered status, and in 2009 devoted so much time on lobbying and related activities that he should have re-registered as a lobbyist under LDA.
To view the letter in its entirety, click here (pdf version) and click here for the press release.
Some of Stern's personal accounts on "Twitter" seem to spell out the evidence pretty clear:
“Lobbying with Mayor Bloomberg on health care. Leaving Senator Snowe. Mayor big proponent of keeping people healthy and the right public plan”
“Great discussion last 2 days with many Senators. Complicated issue but commitment to change. All understand-longer we wait worse it gets”
“At Springsteen Concert. Lots of fundraisers in box. Good free choice meetings with key Senators today “
“Great White House meeting with serious, real discussion on cost savings. June 1 deadline for real results. Glad we could get this started.”
“Leaving White House. Serious , real discussion with great possibilities. Now work to be done by June 1 deadline. Glad we get start this.”
“At White House for meeting with President on Health care.”
“Congressman Sestak impressive on CNN. Visiting him tomorrow.”
“Specter, Sebelius, Washington Capitols, and 100 great days. On a roll Now let's fire Ken Lewis at B of A today to keep a great week going”
“just left White House where group from MoveOn to Chamber of Commerce but mostly progressives had cocktails with Prez and VP”