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Newspaper Op-ed Laments SEIU-UHW’s Cash and Influence on Daughters of Charity Purchase

December 30, 2014

Steve Hunt, the editor of the Daily Press in Victorville, CA and the Desert Dispatch in Barstow, CA, penned a important op-ed this week explaining the statewide politics influencing the sale of the Daughters of Charity Health System (DCHS). In a pointed and powerful indictment of SEIU-UHW union leadership, he explains the issues and money at stake in the debate.

As Staff Writer Shea Johnson pointed out in a story last week, these Democrats’ interest in the Daughters of Charity sale appears to be all about money — union money. Over the last three election cycles, the SEIU and its affiliates have spent nearly $225,000 on campaigns for the 18 congressional lawmakers.

In addition, according to MapLight, a nonpartisan research organization, SEIU gave California state senators $82,450 during the 2009-2012 cycle, and assembly members $632,975 in the 2014 cycle, as of Sept. 3. And SEIU was Attorney General Harris’ largest contributor with $94,100 in the 2014 cycle, not including the two months leading up to the Nov. 4 election. Harris, who is rumored to be a senatorial or gubernatorial candidate in 2016 or 2018, also will need SEIU’s political support to win either seat.

So when SEIU-UHW President Dave Regan calls, he expects to get what he wants. It’s hardly a stretch to say SEIU-UHW’s money buys action, no matter how unjustified that action may be. It’s just another sad example of how much power big unions have, to the detriment of the state’s businesses and residents.

To read the entire op-ed in the Victorville Daily Press please click here.