White House tries erasing ACORN ties to Big Labor

posted at 11:36 am on September 24, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Why did Labor Secretary Hilda Solis move quickly to change disclosure requirements for unions and their political activities?  Don Loos at Big Government connects the dots and discovers the Obama administration’s attempts to get their allies in Big Labor out of the line of ACORN fire.  For instance, the education unions NEA and AFT both gave big money to the very office in New York City that offered free advice on hiding child prostitution and tax evasion:

Even before U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis was sworn in, Big Labor insiders like AFL-CIO lawyer and Obama appointee Deborah Greenfield were busily dismantling useful union financial disclosures produced by former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao.  It’s another Big Government – Big Labor partnership aimed at keeping individual workers, whom they claim to represent, in the dark.

Why the hurry? Perhaps Union Bosses wanted to prevent the Virginia GOP and inquisitive people like Patrick Semmens from visiting DOL’s UnionReports.gov website that clearly reveals the Big Labor-ACORN collusion.  Semmens discovered that teachers’ union bosses gave about $500,000 to the same Brooklyn ACORN office exposed on BigGovernment.com.  Both the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) awarded ACORN service contracts.

That’s right; union bosses gave teachers’ forced union dues to the same ACORN that appeared to have no problem facilitating child prostitution.  No wonder Solis’ Big Labor friends want to shutdown financial disclosure!

Before 2008, unions could hide these connections in murky financial records that even their own members could not access.  Towards the end of the Bush administraton, Chao promulgated new transparency requirements that forced unions to divulge their political activities.  Loos provides graphic evidence for the massive improvement in transparency between the status quo and the status quo ante.

Barack Obama ran for office on a promise of increased transparency.  Instead, he has had his Labor Depatrtment move in the exact opposite direction to provide political cover for unions and their ties to political organizing groups like ACORN — groups that also work to elect Democrats.  We should demand that Solis stop dismantling these transparency regulations and for Obama to fulfill this campaign promise.  Be sure to read it all.


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Ahh, Hilda Solis, yet another Obama official destined for big time due to her being female, socialist and from an ethnic minority, as opposed to her possession of any actual, y’know, skills or whatnot.

Track-A-’Crat on September 24, 2009 at 12:27 PM

Wasn’t she the one running Hillary’s campaign until she got s*$t canned???

BigWyo on September 24, 2009 at 1:32 PM

Wouldn’t that be a felony?

Vashta.Nerada on September 24, 2009 at 11:40 AM

Not with this administration; At present, we have elected/appointed criminals prosecuting the courts.

Cybergeezer on September 24, 2009 at 1:34 PM

About criminal prosecution and suit of O’Keefe and Giles in MD that got this started. Emphases mine.

http://www.redstate.com/leon_h_wolf/2009/09/23/watch-me-get-the-acorn-lawsuit-dismissed-in-15-minutes-or-less/

The suit under the MD Wiretap Act alleges that Andrew Breitbart, working in concert with O’Keefe and Giles, intercepted an “oral communication” using an electronic device, which would indeed be a violation of the act. The problem, however, is that the statute specifically defines “oral communication” in section 10-401(2)(i) as: “any conversation or words spoken to or by any person in private conversation.”

What this means, as established by the clear text of the statute (and Maryland caselaw, including Fearnow v. Chesapeake & Potomac Tel. Co. of Maryland, 342 Md. 363 (Md. 1996)) is that at least one of the parties to the conversation must have had a reasonable expectation of privacy in the conversation. In other words, if someone stands up in the town square and shouts out loud and someone else records it, that is not a violation of the act.

The problem for ACORN is that, as a matter of law, the employees at ACORN had no reasonable expectation of privacy in what they said to members of the public who entered their offices. As made clear by Katz v. United States and its progeny (made applicable specifically to the Maryland Wiretap Act by cases such as Malpas v. State, 695 A.2d 588, 595 (Md. Ct. Spec. App. 1997)), “What a person exposes knowingly to the public, even in his own home or office, is not a subject of Fourth Amendment protection.”

amr on September 24, 2009 at 1:37 PM

Wasn’t it the cover up that got Nixon popped out of office?

Speakup on September 24, 2009 at 1:41 PM

Where is crr6 to defend this?

Schadenfreude on September 24, 2009 at 1:51 PM

Speakup on September 24, 2009 at 1:41 PM

Yes. Nixon was never implicated in the actual crime. The special prosecutor noted that he (Nixon) was not involved with the break in. His only crime was the cover up.

I have no expectation that today’s congress will take any action against Obama like the one that drove Nixon out of office.

chemman on September 24, 2009 at 1:56 PM

I have no expectation that today’s congress will take any action against Obama like the one that drove Nixon out of office.

chemman on September 24, 2009 at 1:56 PM

But tomorrow’s congress will have a different view.
Bet on it.

Blacksmith8 on September 24, 2009 at 1:59 PM

Something tells me, that supporters of these teachers unions wouldn’t have any problem knowing their money went to support underaged, illegal, human trafficking, prostitution.

After all, these 2 unions aren’t about education….are they?

capejasmine on September 24, 2009 at 2:17 PM

Where is crr6 to defend this?

Schadenfreude on September 24, 2009 at 1:51 PM

Waiting under its slimy rock for the latest approved talking points memo.

hillbillyjim on September 24, 2009 at 2:22 PM

The Obama administration – the most corrupt administration evah!

MB4 on September 24, 2009 at 3:22 PM

People have got to know whether or not their Emperor, um ah, King, um ah, President is a crook. Well, I am not a crook! The allegations that I ever had anything to do with, what was the name of that organization again, oh yes HAZELNUT, are clearly racist, um ah, false and I need to get back to doing important work for George Soros, um ah, the American people.

MB4 on September 24, 2009 at 3:25 PM

Throughout Solis’ tenure in Congress, labor unions–most notably the Teamsters Union, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and the Laborers’ International Union of North America–were responsible for nearly 60 percent of her Political Action Committee (PAC) donations. Another major contributor was the American Association for Justice (formerly known as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America).

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RadClown on September 24, 2009 at 3:58 PM

Ah. Another wise Latina doing her masters bidding.

It is a great post Ed, but outside of Hot Air… it will fall on deaf ears, and blind eyes.

As does everything else that is not in keeping with holy worship of the ascended deity that is Barack Hussein Obama.

SilverStar830 on September 24, 2009 at 3:59 PM

Why did Labor Secretary Hilda Solis move quickly to change disclosure requirements for unions and their political activities?

Because she is a stooge for the labor unions. She always has been, and she always will be. People need to remember that EVERY Democrat in California receives major funding and lives in the pockets of the labor unions. This is a major reason for the economic destruction occurring in California today. Corrupt Democrats that are stooges of labor union cash.

Freddy on September 24, 2009 at 4:13 PM

This relationship between ACORN, the White House and unions is incestuous in nature. It’s amoral and disgusting. Each of them are using one another under the guise of “helping the underclass”. Instead these groups have USED the underclasses to do their bidding, so the poor stay needy and the puppetmasters of the unions, the White House and ACORN acquire more power.

Karma will be a bitch.

pjean on September 24, 2009 at 5:04 PM

Where is crr6 to defend this?

Schadenfreude on September 24, 2009 at 1:51 PM

“Come on. Where were all you righteous wingnuts during the sleazy Bush administration?” –crr6

ddrintn on September 24, 2009 at 5:18 PM

I can feel the start of a fresh breeze blowing. Change is coming, it’s in the air. Justice is coming.

Mojave Mark on September 24, 2009 at 7:10 PM

I envy Hanna and O’Keefe. They have have done what most of us wish we could do, and they, like us, are just ordinary people of which true heros and national patriots are often made.

Franklyn on September 24, 2009 at 10:35 PM

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