Foundation Vice President Stefan Gleason Reacts to Federal Election Commission Fine Against America Coming Together
In 2004, the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation filed one of the complaints that led to this FEC conciliation agreement. As a group that defends employees against forced political confromity by unions, we were alarmed by the diversion of $26 million by officials of the Service Employees International Union, taken mostly from workers' forced union dues, into partisan and overt electioneering activity.
See attached letter I received yesterday from the FEC.
This FEC action is a mere slap on the wrist. The big problem with the FEC's "enforcement" action is, at the end of the day, not one cent of the millions of dollars illegally funnelled into federal election activity will be returned to the unionized workers forced to foot the bill as a condition of employment.
The SEIU union was the biggest ACT donor at $26 million, according to SEIU's president Andy Stern, a founder of ACT. And many other millions of dollars in workers' forced union dues were transferred into ACT by officials of other major unions.
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