Imagine being the head of an organization or company who, during election season, throws buckets of cash at a candidate or cause for political brownie points and future favors.
Now imagine that all the money you sent to said candidate ended up being a massive, embarrassing waste because the candidate suffered a humiliating loss, and you were forced to fire your staff.
This, my friends, is the story of the SEIU in 2017.
The Daily Caller reports:
The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) spent $61 million on political activities and lobbying in 2016, as well as an additional $19 million on the Fight for $15 movement. Now that spending is leading to massive layoffs.
The powerful union’s most recent Department of Labor filings revealed that the union spent $61.6 million, or about 20 percent of its $314.6 million budget, on political activities, including Hillary Clinton’s failed 2016 presidential campaign, according to Bill McMorris of the Washington Free Beacon.
While the union picked up a modest 15,000 new members in 2016, it has seen revenues fall, leading to staff layoffs inside its Washington, D.C. headquarters, according to the report.
The SEIU, which represents over two million members in the public sector, service, and healthcare industry, made plans to cut its budget by 30 percent after President Donald Trump defeated Clinton in November.
SEIU president Mary Kay Henry called for a dramatic re-thinking of the union’s strategy, characterizing Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress as the “far right.”
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