Obama aide fails to disclose $40K payday from SEIU

posted at 10:12 am on June 29, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

This must be part of the New Transparency of the Obama administration.  When the political director for a White House gets $40,000 from the SEIU, which does significant lobbying on policy to both the White House and Congress, that should get declared in order for people to know just how much reach that special interest has within the halls of power.  Instead, Patrick Gaspard never disclosed it until Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) flagged it in a letter to the White House:

President Barack Obama’s political director failed to disclose that he was slated to receive a nearly $40,000 payout from a large labor union while he was working in the White House.

Patrick Gaspard, who served as the political director for the Service Employees International Union local 1199, received $37,071.46 in “carried over leave and vacation” from the union in 2009, but he did not disclose the agreement to receive the payment on his financial disclosure forms filed with the White House.

In a section on his financial disclosure where agreements or arrangements for payment by a former employer must be disclosed, Gaspard checked a box indicating that he had nothing to report.

In other words, Gaspard lied.  There is really no other explanation.  How many of us would “forget” a pending payout of $40,000, especially if we had between $35K-80K in credit card and student loan debt, as Politico notes in its report?  The question on the form is specific, and the notion that Gaspard simply forgot about it is absurd.

The White House promised that Gaspard made the “small administrative change” in an update to his disclosure as soon as they were aware of it:

“We have made the small administrative change to this year’s and last year’s forms to indicate that part of the final payment to Patrick reflected their typical severance of one week of pay for each of his nine years of service at Local 1199 of SEIU,” Burton wrote POLITICO in an e-mailed statement.

Yes, it certainly was a “small administrative change” that suddenly disclosed a $40,000 payment to the political director of the White House from a major organization supporting Obama and his agenda.  I’m sure no one questions why the SEIU’s lobbyist had so much money coming to him after his decision to join the Obama administration.   And how convenient it was that Gaspard got severance pay for quitting the SEIU job to join Obama’s team, especially with all of that debt.  I’m also sure that the omission of this payment on disclosure forms had nothing to do with avoiding those questions.

After all, this is the New Transparency — opacity and corruption.


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these people all just happen to be so honest

blatantblue on June 29, 2010 at 10:14 AM

I love that term “Opacity”.

Tim Zank on June 29, 2010 at 10:15 AM

For every one guy like this, there’s 50 more you will never hear about.

BigWyo on June 29, 2010 at 10:16 AM

At this point, I’d be shocked, shocked I tell you if anyone in this administration accidenatlly did something honest.

DrAllecon on June 29, 2010 at 10:17 AM

Obama aide fails to disclose $40K payday from SEIU

Obama just fails…period.

WashJeff on June 29, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Due to the Cheney oil spill,this should be tax exempt.

seven on June 29, 2010 at 10:18 AM

I have multiple people who owe me far less than 40 large and I remind them on a regular basis of their unpaid debt.

Just another douchebag inhabiting the douchbaggiest administration ever to curse the White House.

Bishop on June 29, 2010 at 10:19 AM

Most transparent administration ever, but not in the way they intended. It’s clear to anyone paying attention that they’re working for the unions.

hawksruleva on June 29, 2010 at 10:20 AM

Gaspard isn’t just SEIU. He is ACORN, too. He used to be Bertha Lewis’ boss at the NY ACORN chapter.

American Spectator: ACORN’s man in the White House

Of course, SEIU and ACORN are more or less one and the same. But the MSM hasn’t let the public in on that little secret yet.

Missy on June 29, 2010 at 10:22 AM

I’ve read stories about rock stars with several $75,000 uncashed checks on their coffee tables so I can see how someone like Gaspard could forget….

Caper29 on June 29, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Timmy G would be so proud. Has the fbi checked his freezer.

Kissmygrits on June 29, 2010 at 10:24 AM

Nothing will happen to Gaspard. If Scooter is willing to sacrifice the entire Gulf Coast for political ideology and chicanery, do you think he cares about a little more under-the-table money from his friends at SEIU?

kingsjester on June 29, 2010 at 10:24 AM

One of my neighbors is using me as a bank.
I keep a running tally in my head as to how
much he owes me. No one, NO ONE forgets a
40K payday.

It seems that the only people who have to be
honest are the ones who actually pay taxes.

thgrant on June 29, 2010 at 10:25 AM

I’m more worried about the red tide in Washington than the black tide in the gulf. The red tide can create far more long term damage than the oil spill.

I wonder how this disaster in Washington will end up. Increasingly I encounter people that are steaming mad about the current administration. But, all the minorities I talk to seem to love him. I can’t understand the disconnect, but I have some theories.

saiga on June 29, 2010 at 10:25 AM

Can’t I just enjoy my Recovery Summer™?

WashJeff on June 29, 2010 at 10:26 AM

I love that term “Opacity”.

Tim Zank on June 29, 2010 at 10:15 AM

Obamapacity.

Steve Z on June 29, 2010 at 10:28 AM

I’m not understanding. How is left over leave & vacation time consider severance? Why is it “pending”? Those things are usually settled when you leave a company. They just say a bunch of crap, they don’t even bother to make it seem true.

Cindy Munford on June 29, 2010 at 10:29 AM

And how convenient it was that Gaspard got severance pay for quitting the SEIU job to join Obama’s team, especially with all of that debt.

That debt’s gone by now. Thanks BP.

fogw on June 29, 2010 at 10:30 AM

Dear small people (about whom we deeply care),

$40K is a small administrative change.

Love,
Carl-Henric Svanberg (speaking for PBHO)

chaswv on June 29, 2010 at 10:30 AM

It probably seemed pretty insignificant to him. It’s not like there’s any daylight between SEIU policy and White House policy these days.

RBMN on June 29, 2010 at 10:31 AM

I saw a comment on Yahoo and someone called Mr. Obama, Oblamer. I like that.

Cindy Munford on June 29, 2010 at 10:32 AM

How many of us would “forget” a pending payout of $40,000, especially if we had between $35K-80K in credit card and student loan debt, as Politico notes in its report?

Uh, that’s about what I make per year, no way anyone would forget that kind of money paid in one nice tidy lump sum.

Johnnyreb on June 29, 2010 at 10:32 AM

Hey, give the guy a break. There was no check box on the disclosure form for “bribes from union bosses.”

Rational Thought on June 29, 2010 at 10:33 AM

“We have made the small administrative change to this year’s and last year’s forms to indicate that part of the final payment to Patrick reflected their typical severance of one week of pay for each of his nine years of service at Local 1199 of SEIU,” Burton wrote POLITICO in an e-mailed statement.

Nine weeks of pay = $37,071.46, so that Gaspard made $4,119 per WEEK? That comes out to $214K per year! All those bellboys and parking valets struggling by on minimum wage and tips would be DELIGHTED to know that Gaspard made $214K off their union dues…

Steve Z on June 29, 2010 at 10:35 AM

“How many of us would “forget” a pending payout of $40,000, especially if we had between $35K-80K in credit card and student loan debt, as Politico notes in its report?”

There’s a Timmy on line 1 and he wants to chime in on this very intriguing question.

Dusty on June 29, 2010 at 10:36 AM

Let’s see – nuke Iran, or nuke DC. That really is a difficult decision.

Daggett on June 29, 2010 at 10:36 AM

This kind of corruption happens on both sides.

The difference between liberals and conservatives (lately, anyway) is that conservatives punish/call out their own more frequently than liberals. Liberals seem to want to ignore, obfuscate or even justify the action when it happens to them.

On this one, cue the Obama crickets in 3…2…1….

badtemper on June 29, 2010 at 10:37 AM

Until bo and his boys and girls are all in prison,preferably rendition to Iran, the U.S. will not be safe.

tim c on June 29, 2010 at 10:38 AM

Fifty bucks says he never pays taxes on it.

trubble on June 29, 2010 at 10:39 AM

Criminal.

Period.

tetriskid on June 29, 2010 at 10:42 AM

Transparently corrupt.

rbj on June 29, 2010 at 10:43 AM

Change you didn’t need.

FireBlogger on June 29, 2010 at 10:43 AM

cor·rup·tion [kuh-ruhp-shuhn]
–noun
1. the act of corrupting or state of being corrupt.
2. moral perversion; depravity.
3. perversion of integrity.
4. corrupt or dishonest proceedings.
5. bribery.
6. debasement or alteration, as of language or a text.
7. a debased form of a word.
8. putrefactive decay; rottenness.
9. any corrupting influence or agency.
 
It pretty much all applies to BO and his administration.

ClanDerson on June 29, 2010 at 10:44 AM

Gaspard, who made $172,200 in 2009, has from $35,000 to $80,000 in credit card debt and student loans, according to his financial disclosures.

OK how the heack does that happen? He makes that kind of money per year, and has all of those debts. No wonder why no one in this administration has any clue about money and finances.

Johnnyreb on June 29, 2010 at 10:44 AM

Fifty bucks says he never pays taxes on it.

trubble on June 29, 2010 at 10:39 AM

Of course he won’t. Taxes are for little people.

He is a criminal. He part of the SEIU-Union machine.

What is the running tally of Obama appointees & friends not paying taxes now? 7… 8?

tetriskid on June 29, 2010 at 10:46 AM

Daggett on June 29, 2010 at 10:36 AM

Does it really have to be an either or question. Both/and would suit me fine.

chemman on June 29, 2010 at 10:47 AM

Federal crime?

Where is Eric Holder when you need him?

Oh wait.

novaculus on June 29, 2010 at 10:48 AM

Johnnyreb on June 29, 2010 at 10:44 AM

He’s a Democrat and deficit spending is in their genes. New excuse coming up: It’s no my fault I spend to much my genes made me do it.

chemman on June 29, 2010 at 10:49 AM

Where is Eric Holder when you need him?

novaculus on June 29, 2010 at 10:48 AM

Working on that lawsuit against Arizona I believe.

Johnnyreb on June 29, 2010 at 10:50 AM

is $40,000 for nine weeks a lot?

Phoenician on June 29, 2010 at 10:50 AM

Hey Jimbo3 or Proud Rino or what’s her name the 1L student. Wouldn’t failure to disclose on a mandatory FEC filing be a criminal or civil offense?

chemman on June 29, 2010 at 10:52 AM

Nine weeks of pay = $37,071.46, so that Gaspard made $4,119 per WEEK? That comes out to $214K per year! All those bellboys and parking valets struggling by on minimum wage and tips would be DELIGHTED to know that Gaspard made $214K off their union dues…

Steve Z on June 29, 2010 at 10:35 AM

Gaspard, who made $172,200 in 2009, has from $35,000 to $80,000 in credit card debt and student loans, according to his financial disclosures.
OK how the heack does that happen? He makes that kind of money per year, and has all of those debts. No wonder why no one in this administration has any clue about money and finances.

Johnnyreb on June 29, 2010 at 10:44 AM

Put these two quotes together and try to rectify this in your head.
The amount of outright lies from this Administration are downright Orwellian in magnitude and multitude.

KMC1 on June 29, 2010 at 10:55 AM

The Obama administration makes me want to puke.

BuckeyeSam on June 29, 2010 at 10:56 AM

Hey Jimbo3 or Proud Rino or what’s her name the 1L student. Wouldn’t failure to disclose on a mandatory FEC filing be a criminal or civil offense?

chemman on June 29, 2010 at 10:52 AM

Probably only if it was intentional. Any idea of when it was actually paid?

Jimbo3 on June 29, 2010 at 10:56 AM

Ooopsie, you mean that 40k?…..my bad…

cmsinaz on June 29, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Nine weeks of pay = $37,071.46, so that Gaspard made $4,119 per WEEK? That comes out to $214K per year! All those bellboys and parking valets struggling by on minimum wage and tips would be DELIGHTED to know that Gaspard made $214K off their union dues…

Steve Z on June 29, 2010 at 10:35 AM

Actually, the employer would need to withhold taxes from that, so the payout figure is after taxes, not gross. That makes his salary at the union a fair amount more.

Aviator on June 29, 2010 at 11:01 AM

severance of one week of pay for each of his nine years

Pretty generous with other people’s money. He was making 4K a week and had debt?

journeyintothewhirlwind on June 29, 2010 at 11:02 AM

From the article, it seems that the payout was both severance and accrued vacation. NY, like many states, lets employers decide whether employees are entitled to payouts for accrued vacation time when they leave. The union’s policies probably said he was entitled to be paid for unused vacation time.

Q: When an employee resigns — or is discharged — from a job, is the employer required to pay the employee for any accrued, unused vacation time?

A: Whether an employer is obligated to pay for unused time depends upon the terms of the vacation and/or resignation policy. New York courts have held [in Glenville Gage Company, Inc. v. Industrial Board of Appeals of the State of New York, Department of Labor, 70 AD2d 283 (3d Dept 1979) affd, 52 NY2d 777 (1980)] that an agreement to furnish benefits or wage supplements, such as vacation, can specify that employees forfeit accrued benefits under certain conditions. To be valid, the employer must have notified employees, in writing, of the conditions that nullify the benefit.

If an employee has earned vacation time — and there is no written forfeit policy, the employer must pay the employee for the accrued vacation.

Jimbo3 on June 29, 2010 at 11:06 AM

I can’t wait for the Congressional investigations next year – after the November elections.

faraway on June 29, 2010 at 11:08 AM

Why did he get severance? Didn’t he quit his job?

strictnein on June 29, 2010 at 11:09 AM

I’m sure that Mr. Gaspard also reported his little $40K oversight to the IRS as well, right?

ya2daup on June 29, 2010 at 11:12 AM

Why did he get severance? Didn’t he quit his job?

strictnein on June 29, 2010 at 11:09 AM

You already know the answer, right?

TexasDan on June 29, 2010 at 11:16 AM

I wonder just what a political director does?

I wonder how many political directors the crooks have nationwide? Yet, they get their members to protest those fancy-pants executives! Priceless.

Oh sure, some exec at a big, evil corporation might make a bit more than a political director, but I have a feeling they do roughly 1200% more work.

I’m glad it’s so important to push unions, so they can spend so much money on politics.

reaganaut on June 29, 2010 at 11:25 AM

He make $4,000 a week? WTF. Yeah, unions are sooooooo needed nowadays.

ButterflyDragon on June 29, 2010 at 11:30 AM

I long for November….anybody else?

PatriotRider on June 29, 2010 at 11:37 AM

I just thought of a great idea for a new show, sort of a spin-off of Dirty Jobs. It could be called Dirty Jobs II, or Useless Jobs, or Here is Where Your Dues and/or Tax Dollars Go.

You’d have to trick these hard working folks into letting cameras in, but since most are Dems, it won’t be difficult.

I’m going to check where SEIU workers are employed in my area, so I can remember to laugh at them in person.

reaganaut on June 29, 2010 at 11:38 AM

Not transparent. Just O-paque.

Oink on June 29, 2010 at 11:41 AM

I long for November….anybody else?

PatriotRider on June 29, 2010 at 11:37 AM

I already have 11.3.10 scheduled as a vacation day so I can stay up all night on election night and watch the returns! HAHA

Oink on June 29, 2010 at 11:41 AM

Obviously, this man has made enough money, if he can “forget” $40K of income.

I can see someone really wealthy not knowing in detail every income source, off the top of their head, though such a person would likely have someone on staff who pretty much can.

Unless I am missing something, this guy isn’t in that class of people. Maybe his wife didn’t tell him, if he has one?

And he provides what kind of advice to our very challenged President?

Harry Schell on June 29, 2010 at 11:49 AM

And he provides what kind of advice to our very challenged President?

Harry Schell on June 29, 2010 at 11:49 AM

I’m sure there is a fancy name for it somewhere, but I’m guessing it’s boils down to the guy who figures out how to funnel government money to unions.

ButterflyDragon on June 29, 2010 at 11:52 AM

The White House promised that Gaspard made the “small administrative change” in an update to his disclosure as soon as they were aware of it:

Again, inaccurate and untrustworthy representation on the magnitude of a statistic that is unfavorable to the White House. Were it $40 and a Republican, it’d be a “big effin deal.”

Size does matter, as well as the D or R.

ted c on June 29, 2010 at 12:12 PM

For every one guy like this, there’s 50 more you will never hear about.

BigWyo on June 29, 2010 at 10:16 AM

Probably a very conservative estimate. We only see the ones who fail to cover it up well enough. And they probably have lawyers advising them.

tom on June 29, 2010 at 12:17 PM

BO to Patrick, “oh forget it, no biggie. lets play through….fore”!

jbh45 on June 29, 2010 at 12:37 PM

Remember the stink about Cheney & his Halliburton payout?

Double standards, of course.

Probably only if it was intentional. Any idea of when it was actually paid?

Jimbo3 on June 29, 2010 at 10:56 AM

Yeah right.

cs89 on June 29, 2010 at 12:55 PM

How many of us would “forget” a pending payout of $40,000, especially if we had between $35K-80K in credit card and student loan debt, as Politico notes in its report?

Ummm…they are Democrats. They have no concept of where money comes from, where it goes, or how to use it properly.

tommer74 on June 29, 2010 at 1:13 PM

HONESTY hasn’t been a strong suit for this administration. Matter of fact, it appears the more dishonest you are, the better your chances of landing a job.

GarandFan on June 29, 2010 at 1:18 PM

This guy is on the road to a cabinet position.

tommer74 on June 29, 2010 at 1:19 PM

Aren’t service workers generally low-paid?I wonder what the average dues-paying member of that local makes,while paying Gaspard 4 grand a week.

DDT on June 29, 2010 at 1:36 PM

Everybody needs to read this and pass it on to as many as they can:

http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/overwhelm.asp

We’re in REAL trouble, folks.

LarryG on June 29, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Darryl Issa is rabid for these liberal corruptocrats. You go Issa, you go.

Mallard T. Drake on June 29, 2010 at 2:41 PM

What the heck, in the real world this stuff gets you fired for lying on an application or disclosure form.

The fact that this happens in the political world all the time is seriously screwed up!

LifeTrek on June 29, 2010 at 6:07 PM

Everybody needs to read this and pass it on to as many as they can:

http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/overwhelm.asp

We’re in REAL trouble, folks.

LarryG on June 29, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Well of course. Obama has to destroy America before he can “save” America.

tom on June 29, 2010 at 8:31 PM

Issa for Chairmen of the next HUAC, commencing Jan 2011.

Let the subpoenas, indictments and impeachments roll.

rayra on June 30, 2010 at 1:52 AM