“Stern has openly bragged about the SEIU’s $61 million investment in Barack Obama. It certainly bought him a lot of access.”
This prompted Glenn Beck to wonder aloud on his TV show today if Stern is “controlling our country.” Guest John Fund of the Wall Street Journal added, “Politico.com, which is a moderate publication, says Andy Stern practically lives at the White House.”
Reports the Los Angeles Times:
Moreover, Stern has enjoyed considerable entree to the new administration — starting on Inauguration Day, when he joined Obama and the new president’s family on the reviewing stand outside the White House to watch the inaugural parade.
Stern estimates he visits the White House once a week. SEIU officials talk to senior Obama advisor Nancy-Ann DeParle about healthcare — a top priority for Stern — and to Obama aide Cecilia Munoz about immigration, Stern said.
“We get heard,” Stern said.
Stern was trained at the radical Midwest Academy founded by Heather and Paul Booth. The academy was founded to teach left-wing community organizers how to promote social change and infiltrate the labor movement.
The 2 million member SEIU has strong, longstanding ties to ACORN but has recently tried to distance itself from the group. SEIU international secretary-treasurer Anna Burger shocked political observers Sept. 30 when she told a congressional hearing that her union “cut all ties to ACORN.”
One of SEIU’s locals, 100 in Louisiana, is no longer affiliated with SEIU, the union says. Local 100 is headed by ACORN founder Wade Rathke. Local 880, headed by ACORN insider Keith Kelleher, was merged into a larger local, but Kelleher still heads the merged local which is called SEIU Healthcare Illinois & Indiana.