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Now for some background on NYSUT, a part of the problem.


April 2009 at a gala whereby State Education Commissioner Richard Mills was honored leading up to his retirement that June, he spoke and stated Federal stimulus funds must be used by school districts to save jobs (their jobs, and they didn’t just save them, they added to them) and not for tax relief (yeh because we sure don’t need any of that) he assured delegates.”

NYSUT Union Vice President Maria Neira said of Mills that day “You’ve always been an important, dependable ally”

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NYSUT calls themself the most influential and successful lobbying group in New York. (yep, and theyre breaking our backs) They work in Albany and Washington, D.C. The union’s Legislative Department drafts, introduces and lobbies for bills affecting state aid to schools and colleges, licensure, tenure, healthcare, safety, policy, standards, pension and retirement.

In 2006, NYSUT secured the $1.1 billion school-aid increase and a $300 million increase in aid to higher education. The union also was able to kill what they call dangerous proposals for vouchers in Albany. (dangerous to them, but not parents, and not taxpayers)

NYSUT also secured legislation to guarantee automatic cost-of-living pension increases for its public sector retirees!

NYSUT’s Legislative Department also lobbies state and federal representatives to help retain professional enhancements they’ve won. They pride themselves about additional support for our public schools they get from the efforts of what they call hundreds of grassroots lobbyists. (otherwise known as SEIU and others of like ilk). They enourage members who want to influence issues directly affecting their pensions and job security to talk with their local president about becoming part of their political action teams and alliances, to be the core of letter-writing campaigns and to operate phone banks at school budget time and during the fall elections. They do this large in part through their Union fundraising arm called VOTE-COPE and along with their declared affiliates the American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association, and the AFL-CIO.. Called non-partisan it is in reality one of the most partisan organizations in existence. (State and Federal campaign finance records proof=  their spending is almost entirely one sided, and it is more so in this last election cycle than ever before)

They stress Voter registration and have supported Motor Voter laws and have been a strong alliance to the Acorn and affiliated group’s exploits. They encourage volunteering to work in NYSUT phone banks and on political campaigns, and get this-their words “which is critical if we are to exert influence beyond our classrooms, cafeterias and health care centers.”

On Voting on School Budgets: “So many of us live and work under the terms and conditions of employment collectively bargained with our public employer. It’s important to support school district budgets and the programs and services we provide by being organized and showing support when the budgets come before the voters. We may not always work in the same school district we vote in, but voting to support school budgets helps each and every union member in your community. Our local unions frequently endorse candidates for election to local school boards. Be sure to support the pro-labor pro-public education candidates on the ballot.

In addition NYSUT has a full-time polling center, and futher they use  much of VOTE-COPE expenditures is in the form of rebates to local unions to be used in local activities such as school board races and for passage of school budgets.

NYSUT has opposed state budget cuts year after year with rhetorical grandstanding and political arm twisting. Now we have an unsustainable budget and a major deficit, yet still they oppose cuts. They are opposing the Property Tax Cap proposal, have opposed voucher programs calling them dangerous, supported the Federal Health care legislation, Open borders and Amnesty,and are supporting the pro-unionizing Farm bill. As for anything “Social Justice” they’re all for it.

Here’s some of NYSUT’s advocacy under Social Justice (links and descriptions taken from their site, except of course our comments in italics)

  • Southern Poverty Law Center – The Southern Poverty Law Center was founded in 1971 as a small civil rights law firm. Today, the Center is internationally known for its tolerance education programs, its legal victories against white supremacists and its tracking of hate groups.  (An extremist hate group more so than any Tea Party group to which they claim the same)
  • GLSEN – The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) envisions a future in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.  (can you say radical Czar Kevin Jennings)
  • NAACP – The primary focus of the NAACP continues to be the protection and enhancement of the civil rights of African Americans and other minorities. (who just recently honored x-Czar, Communist and radical, Van Jones with one of their prestigious awards)
  • International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission – Organization whose mission is to protect and advance the human rights of all people and communities subject to discrimination or abuse on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status. Worldwide press releases tackling issues such as lesbian rights, race and sexuality, and the Nazi persecution of gays are published to this end.  (can you say radical Czar Kevin Jennings)
  • The National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States . NOW has 500,000 contributing members and 550 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia .  (can you say abortion, abortion, abortion)
  • American Civil Liberties Union – The ACLU is our nation’s guardian of liberty. We work daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States . Our job is to conserve America ‘s original civic values – the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  (ACLU – sometimes the American Communists League United, always the Anti Christian Lawyers Union)
  • Coalition of Black Trade Unionists – The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists consists of members from seventy-seven international and national unions with forty two chapters across the country. CBTU seeks to fulfill the dream of those Black trade unionists, both living and deceased, who throughout this century have courageously and unremittingly struggled to build a national movement that would bring all our strengths and varied talents to bear in the unending effort to achieve economic, political and social justice for every American.
  • National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League – NARAL Pro-Choice America is a leading national advocate for personal privacy and a woman’s right to choose. (can you say abortion, abortion, abortion)
  • Restorative Justice – Restorative Justice Online is a service of Prison Fellowship International. It is a gateway site with links to this important movement for social justice worldwide.

 And now for their use/misuse and twisted sense of religion. It’s all about social justice (the Rev Jim Wallis just loves all this). Many people have wondered over the years, how is it that so many Catholics and other Christian citizens vote Democrat/Liberal?, Why do they vote for Abortionist candidates, Homosexual lobby candidates, and candidates in general who’s politics are so hypocritical and outright diametrically oppose their religious views, that they supposedly hold so dear?  Well this ought to help explain it.

Labor and religious leaders join forces for workers’ rights

NYSUT Newswire – December 2007

The Faith and Labor Holiday Celebration at NYSUT headquarters was an opportunity for area labor organizations and religious communities that work under the auspices of the Labor-Religion Coalition to mark a year of progress and look ahead to 2008.

The gathering was also a celebration of a successful collaboration in which contributions by four statewide unions – PEF, NYSUT, CSEA and SEIU – combined with a matching grant from the Jobs with Justice, a national worker rights organization. The Labor-Religion Coalition of the Capital District is a Jobs with Justice affiliate. The money will help fund the clergy breakfast series in the Capital Region, which will bring together clergy and area residents to discuss workers’ issues, especially in communities where workers are interested in organizing.

Gene Rodriguez and the Rev. Victor Collier know that a training program alone won’t help an inexperienced worker get a starter job in the building trades. The Rev. Alexandra Lusak of the First United Presbyterian Church in Troy spoke of worker rights and told the gathering. “When those rights are ignored, the faith community, unions, and volunteers from civil and human rights organizations have a shared responsibility to stand together and work for change.”

Lusak and her church activists have advocated on behalf of the right to unionize for home-based child-care providers. A group of 28,000 providers affiliated that fall with the United Federation of Teachers, NYSUT’s local union in New York City schools.

NYSUT President Dick Iannuzzi took note of the historic connection among unions and the social-justice branches of many faiths. Iannuzzi, with Bishop Howard Hubbard of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, co-chairs the statewide Labor-Religion Coalition.

“There is no finer statement than the ability to say ‘labor and religion’ in the same sentence, and see them in the same place, carrying the same banner,” Iannuzzi said.

Participants who addressed the gathering offered testaments to the gains made when organized labor and religion join forces.

Big Labor indoctrination and activism in the classroom.

Helping students learn about labor, By Bernie Mulligan – New York Teacher – March 1, 2010

As the labor movement fights to stay a strong voice for working families, NYSUT members lead the way.

“It’s so important that students know labor history and understand their rights,” said Brenda Lee Saunders, president of the 114-member Greenwich Teachers Association in Washington County. “We have to keep working to present a more favorable view of labor.”

Saunders, who has taught for eight years and been president of her local union for three, has done her share to spread labor’s story.

Her small local sponsored a resolution on the importance of labor education, which passed unanimously last year at the NYSUT Representative Assembly, the union’s annual policy-making convention.

“I knew having the RA pass a resolution on this would be an important step in promoting labor education,” Saunders said.

The resolution complements NYSUTs years of efforts as a strong voice for labor studies in the classroom. Labor history is included in the curriculum for grades 4, 7-8 and 11-12.

NYSUT Vice President Maria Neira wrote to state Education Commissioner David Steiner recently, advocating for the inclusion of more labor information in the state’s secondary curriculum.

“This information would allow our students to learn more about the important role of unions in procuring fair wages, working conditions and other benefits of employment,” Neira wrote. “The future work force of our state should be knowledgeable about activism for social justice.” She also urged including more labor awareness in curriculum for students in Career and Technical Education.

Steiner responded positively, noting the labor history curriculum currently available. When the review and revision of the social studies and CTE standards is reopened, Steiner wrote, “…we will be happy to reach out to NYSUT for assistance.”

NYSUT already has strong ties to the American Labor Studies Center in Troy, a nonprofit organization that creates and disseminates information on labor history. The ALSC Web site is coordinated by former NYSUT Board member Paul Cole. ALSC’s resources, he noted, include labor history-based lesson plans, an interactive labor history timeline and labor policy issues, songs and photos.

Popular offerings from the ALSC include the standards-based thematic unit “Hardball and Handshakes,” which uses the history of labor relations in of all things the GAME AND ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY of Major League Baseball to teach about unions, as well as a unit on Troy immigrant labor leader Kate Mullaney, which teaches students about workers’ efforts to organize.

Besides the American Labor Studies Center site, Brenda Lee Saunders recommends the following books for an accurate portrayal of labor’s story:

• Teachers United: The Rise of New York State United Teachers, Gaffney, 2007

• The American Pageant — A History of the Republic, Bailey, Cohen and Kennedy, 2002

One World, Ready or Not, Greider, 1997

• Lies Across America and Lies My Teacher Told Me, Loewen, 1995/1999

• The Working Class Majority, Zweig, 2000

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(AH, BUT WILL THEY TEACH OUR STUDENTS THIS: New York public schools spend more per pupil overall ($15,546) than nearly any other state and 61 percent above the national average. New York ranks first in per pupil spending for school district employee salaries ($7,328, or 71 percent above the national average) and benefits ($2,901, which is 109 percent above the national average), yet we are nowhere near these high averages on results. OR THIS: Approximately 94 percent of the State workforce is unionized. State employees receive an average compensation of $63,750 plus fringe benefits, well above the average for private sector employees!)

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Finally, pushing the Census. It’s all about the Money stupid. Not to mention specifically social justice, affirmative action plans, and so on. The Constitutional enumeration of this power is for Representation purposes only, but they twist this end to be about Unconstitutional federal spending and control. The fed after all, these days is a strong ally.

POV: 2010 Census – It’s easy, safe and important

By U.S. Census Staff – New York Teacher – February 28, 2010 

Every 10 years, as mandated by the U.S. Constitution, our nation conducts a census — an effort to count every person living in the United States.   (yes thats all it’s for, and it’s not all persons, it’s supposed to be for all legal persons, not invaders that you’ll than want to allocate additional monies to)

The Decennial Census is the largest domestic undertaking of the American public, requiring years of planning and more than a half-million temporary workers. The key to this endeavor is having every household fill out and mail back a completed census form. Participation in the 2010 Census is easy, safe and important to the future of every community.

Households are asked to provide key demographic information, including: whether a housing unit is rented or owned; the address of the residence; and the names, genders, ages and races of others living in the household.

The law guarantees the confidentiality of census information and establishes penalties for disclosing this information. By law, the Census Bureau cannot share respondents’ answers with the FBI, the CIA, Immigration, Welfare or any other government agency.   (wrong, it supposes the guarantee. It’s been violated before and could be again, and how does the citizen even know if it is. Also if no other government agency has access, how do they accomplish some of things stated below?)

No court of law can access individual responses. The same law prevents the Census Bureau from selling or giving away addresses. Census workers are sworn to secrecy.   (wrong, courts can and have)

The 2010 Census is important. The federal government uses census data to allocate billions of dollars in federal funds annually for programs and services such as education, housing and community development, health care services for the elderly and more.

In addition, state, local and tribal governments use data for planning and allocating funds for public building construction, highway safety and public transportation systems, location of police and fire departments, and many other projects. Community organizations use census information to develop social service programs, senior lunch programs and child-care centers.

Population counts also determine congressional apportionment — the number of seats each state will have in the House of Representatives — and states use the data to allocate seats in their state legislatures. (yes, again this is the one and only thing it is supposed to do)

In April, the Decennial Census will take a snapshot of everyone residing in the United States, regardless of age, race or immigration status, delivering accurate information about our diverse and growing population. What we learn from this new portrait of American will transform what we know about ourselves.

They close with – Did you know?

• Accurate census data reflecting changes in your community are crucial in apportioning seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and deciding how more than $400 billion per year is allocated for projects like schools, new hospitals, job training centers, roads and other infrastructure.

• Residents themselves and community organizations have used census data to support community initiatives involving environmental legislation, quality-of-life issues and consumer advocacy. And people from many walks of life use census data to advocate for causes, rescue disaster victims, prevent diseases, research markets, locate pools of skilled workers and more.

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The Foundation of our Country- our Constitution- our Traditions- our Values, have been being chipped and chiseled away for some time. Never has this been truer than it is today as we now have a group of people in Washington; once called public servants – too many are now nothing more than ruthless career oriented political hacks; and they have replaced their chisels with jack-hammers, and they are working at a fever pitch.

Our Security, our Freedoms and Liberties, our RIGHTS (given by God not men); personal, property, and financial; are compromised and eroding like never before. Many a citizen has long since worried about this slippery slope, but this is no longer. Today this worry has become a revelation that America is coming down the mountain, speeding and out of control. “We are no longer a Nation of Just Law, but rather a Nation of Unjust Men”

WE MUST ACT NOW. Stopping this rapid slide toward despotism will be a monumental task that can only be achieved by “We the People”, our vigilance, and our resolve – to preserve our Nation.

This Health Care bill just passed by the House amounts to nothing less than TYRANNY and we must STOP IT !

  • This Unconstitutional legislation tyrannically establishes fines and even prison sentences for non-compliance thereby forcing you to buy insurance or else. * Section 7203 Misdemeanor willful failure to pay is punishable by a fine of up to $25,000 and/or imprisonment of up to one year.* Section 7201 Felony willful evasion is punishable by a fine of up to $250,000 and/or imprisonment of up to five years. That anyone should face prison for not buying health insurance is simply incredible. Don’t ever forget all those that were against this before they were for it. (one big lie with several more to follow)     And how much will the stay-out-of-jail insurance cost? The joint committee noted that “according to a recent analysis by the Congressional Budget Office, the lowest-cost family non-group plan under HR 3862 (the Obama-Pelosi bill) would cost $15,000 by 2016.” Remember, the bill provides only subsidies to help pay this enormous sum after families making about $45,000 have paid 8 percent of their income for insurance and after those earning a household income of about $65,000 have kicked in 12 percent.
  • The tough penalties in the House bill are designed to keep insurance companies from opposing the bill. This is because insurance companies will see their coffers swell when tens of millions of new customers are required to buy insurance. The more draconian the penalties for failing to pay them large sums of money to pad their bottom lines, the better. After all it will still be years before the public option takes over enough to fully nationalize the insurance industry, so for now the money is quite appealing.
  • This bill will insert an unprecedented level of bureaucracy between your family and your medical care, and you and your children, and all in some very scary ways. One of the many ways this is true is with respect to how this bill continues to threaten the future of “quality of care”.
  • This monstrosity was bad enough when it was 1500 pages and now it’s even worse as a 2032 page expedited disaster in waiting. In addition, “we will pass this without you” as dictated to the GOP, well that doesn’t sound like the inclusive bi-partisanship promised. This is consistent with the fact that over 200 GOP Amendments have all been shot down, many of them not even debated, and many of them would have substantially simplified this abomination.
  • One Amendment that was shot down, and more than once, was to force Government officials to be subject to the same insurance coverage and clauses, which they are forcing on the American people, but nope, they’ve exempted themselves and their families.
  • Promises continually have been broken with respect to transparency and Pelosi’s direct promise to post the final bill online for 72 hours.
  • We have constantly been told that Abortions will not be covered yet it has been a major fight to pass the Stupac Amendment which simply guarantees that said promise is kept. Now some in the Senate are threatening to strip this Amendment.
  • Then there’s illegal immigration and yes the fact that Joe Wilson was right. Though we are still told that they will not be covered and it may vaguely seem so on the surface, there is no specific language preventing it and a number of loopholes for the exact opposite to happen. Illegals will simply gain coverage or benefits through the back door instead of the front, or be amnestied.
  • This bill is anything but deficit neutral with far reaching fiscal implications. This bill is a job killer, with further degrade an already suffering economy overall, will tax the middle class who were promised otherwise, and will be a bane to the States. Once this crushes the states it will deliver the final blow to you the citizen as it will trickle down to crush your County and City as well.
  • The bill still lacks necessary tort reform thereby protecting trial lawyers (a major lobby for the Democrats) and out-of-control lawsuits. (see the WSJ article below to understand how and why)
  • This bill is going to strip Billions of dollars from Medicare affecting seniors all across our Country, only to expand Medicaid and therefore even further expand entitlements and the mentality associated therewith. This bill continues to threaten the quality of care along with the fiscal implications, for our seniors !
  • This bill is a big payoff to Big Labor who put Obama in office and keeps their tentacles wrapped around many other as well. Consider, who has visited the White House the most according to the records released so far ? Andy Stern, head of the SEIU. He says his first priority is to get the healthcare bill passed. That’s because this bill will take the burden of the massive benefits unions promised workers, and dump it on the federal government, and in turn you and I. This will in turn sweeten Union bosses and their organizations already over sweetened pots.
  • This bill is also a payoff, or more to the point a bribe, as follows: The AMA was facing a 21 percent cut in physicians’ reimbursements under the current law. Obama promised to kill the cut if they backed his bill and in a typically slick fiscally irresponsible way the costs associated with this are not budgeted in. A 10-year limit of $80 billion on cuts in prescription drug costs bribed the drug industry. They also got administration assurances that it will continue to bar lower-cost Canadian drugs from coming into the U.S. Seniors pay close attention to this next one – AARP one of the main suppliers of Medi-gap insurance, high-cost privately purchased coverage that picks up where Medicare leaves off. President Bush passed the Medicare Advantage program, which offered a subsidized lower-cost alternative to Medi-gap. More than 10 million seniors went with Medicare Advantage, cutting into AARP Medi-gap revenues.  Presto! Obama solved their problem. He eliminates subsidies for Medicare Advantage. The elderly will have to pay more for coverage under Medigap, but the AARP – which supposedly represents them – will make more money.
  • One has to wonder what bribes were offered to House democrats when Obama met with them on the day of the vote, specifically 36 of them who bent to Obama-Pelosi’s will and voted for this, after previously expressing opposition publicly and to their constituents.
  • The more you study this bill, the worse it gets !
  • The next step in this fight is the Senate, and reports from a few days ago… claiming that government-run health care wouldn’t be voted on until next year… were premature and erroneous . According to the New York Times, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid moved to put Pelosi-Care on the Senate floor next week. In fact, Reid filed a motion to introduce his version of the same on Monday which means the Senate debate will begin on Tuesday. The will of the American people be damned…The extreme liberals in Congress plan to ram their so-called “reform” down our throats with all deliberate speed… They think the American people are tired, that the vote in the House took the wind out of our sails. They’re scheming behind closed doors… making deals… twisting arms… thinking they can do the same thing in the Senate that they did in the House. They think that if they move quickly, they can get away with it. They continue to underestimate your resolve against government-run health care.
  • This must be stopped right here and right now.

We Can’t Sit Back and Allow the Loss of Our Freedoms” “The Constitution gives the Feds zero authority” – Judge Andrew Napolitano, Political Analyst, Constitutional Scholar, and Libertarian

“You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is the beginning of the end of any nation…        You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.” 

“[I]f the public are bound to yield obedience to laws to which they cannot give their approbation, they are slaves to those who make such laws and enforce them.” –Candidus, Boston Gazette, 1772

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“An informed citizenry is the bulwark of a democracy..” – Thomas Jefferson

“Candidates know that when they’re on our line, they’re committed to certain things,” explains NYC ACORN – Bertha Lewis, who moonlights as Working Families Party (WFP) co-chair.

“The [Working Families Party] was created in 1998 to help push the Democratic Party toward the left,” noted the Associated Press on March 28, 2000.  How does this impact our county you ask? Keep reading.

WFP Endorsed (interviewed) candidates given the  “Seal of Approval” as of June 12, 2009 for Western New York:  

Chuck F. Cornell County Executive, Chautauqua County Keith D. Ahlstrom County Legislator, Chautauqua County, District 1, Shaun P. Heenan County Legislator, Chautauqua County, District 2 David T. Wilder County Legislator, Chautauqua County, District 4 Rebecca E. White County Legislator, Chautauqua County, District 6 Leon H. Beightol County Legislator, Chautauqua County, District 7 Michael S. Dye County Legislator, Chautauqua County, District 9 Patrick A. Tyler County Legislator, Chautauqua County, District 10 Lori B. Cornell County Legislator, Chautauqua County, District 12 Maria M. Kindberg County Legislator, Chautauqua County, District 15 Chuck Nazzaro County Legislator, Chautauqua County, District 16 Rudy J. Mueller County Legislator, Chautauqua County, District 18 Roberta (Bobbie) A. Caswell County Legislator, Chautauqua County, District 19 C. Ronald Vahl Sr. County Legislator, Chautauqua County, District 21 Thomas S. DeJoe County Legislator, Chautauqua County, District 23 David F. Kleparek County Legislator, Chautauqua County, District 24.

Also of note: Linda L. Witte, Mayoral candidate, Olean (former WFP Ny Assembly candidate).  Timothy M. Kennedy County Legislator, Erie County, District 2. (Both of whom have given monies to Cornell for Executive)

C22629 – NYS Board of Elections records – Friends Of Chuck Cornell  – Contributions received:                               1199 SEIU NYS POLITICAL ACTION FUND,  NEW YORK, NY 10108, $2500, Sept 18, 2009;  EMPIRE STATE REGIONAL COUNCIL CARPENTERS PAC, HAUPPAUGE, NY 11788, $2000, Aug 24, 2009; FRIENDS OF TIM KENNEDY, Buffalo, NY 14220, $250, Sept 29, 2009; LINDA L WITTE, OLEAN, NY 14760, $100, Jul 31, 2009; COMMITTEE TO REELECT ODONNELL, GETZVILLE, NY 14068, $200, Jul  1, 2009; HIGGINS FOR CONGRESS (WFP/Labor  PAC candidate and receipient of funding), BUFFALO, NY 14220, $1000, Sept 29, 2009; William PARMENT (another receipient of WFP/labor PAC funding), Ashville, NY 14710, $200, Jul 1/Sept 29, 2009;

C20704 – NYS Board of Elections records – Friends Of Lori Cornell – Contributions Received:                                   During Period 2009 – Total $125.  Expenditures reported – $0.    (If Mrs Cornell is running a campaign independant of her husband’s, does this make sense?)

NYS Board of Elections records show over a period of the last several years, including 2009 – $100, 000’s being transferred between ACORN, SEIU, & WFP, New York, NY.            Research this for yourself – http://www.elections.state.ny.us/DisclosureReports.html

A couple of claims of success direct from WFP. Wfp line provided margin of victory in three upstate races: Brian Higgins for U.S. Congress.  Wfp’s Take Back Congress targets vulnerable Congressmembers in New York. Three of our four priority candidates including Kirsten Gillibrand (NY-20) seats and joined the new majority. The WFP of NY expanded into Connecticut in 2004, and promises that it will continue to set up shop in all ten states where “fusion voting” – that is, cross-endorsement of candidates by multiple parties – is still legal.

Opt-Ed Published in the Hartford Courant Oct 14, 2009 – You’re living in a dream world. Union members are good, but leadership is terrible. As a member of a union, I can’t stand what they do with my dues, such as giving millions to NARAL and GLAAD. 97% of all my union’s political donations since 1993 have been to the Democratic Party. And now the SEIU, ACORN, and the Working Families Party have targeted my hometown (New Britain) for their takeover and power struggle. Meanwhile, half of our city Democrats (old-school Truman and JFK Dems) are joining forces with the Republicans to form a bipartisan coalition to force these hacks out of town. This is an example of what unions do, and it’s not just that they have an agenda, it’s that their agenda is hidden, and that’s because they know that nobody in their right minds would ever accept it.

Richard Poe of Discover the Networks reports, “In pursuit of this goal, WFP runs radical candidates in state and local elections. Generally, WFP candidates conceal their extremism beneath a veneer of populist rhetoric, designed to appeal to union workers and other blue-collar voters.”

Roger Stone, a veteran of eight national Republican Presidential campaigns, reports- “The Working Families Party is not about working people or families and it isn’t really a party. Make no mistake about it – the so called Working Families Party, a Party with no County chairman or County committees, a Party with no unpaid workers and an army of paid canvassers, is merely a front for ACORN. They share the same office and addresses. ACORN Executive Director Bertha Lewis is the Co-Chair and de-facto boss of the well heeled little Party that Labor pours in millions to leverage the Democratic Party to the Left. More importantly, the Working Families Party is a criminal enterprise utilizing a for-profit political consulting firm, DFS to skirt New York City election laws regarding public finance and campaign spending limits. Former Philadelphia U.S. Attorney, David Marston has written an excellent article on why ACORN is involved in racketeering and why they should be prosecuted under the RICO statutes. If and when that happens, it will include not only ACORN, but the WFP, SEIU, and others as well. At the same time a scandal started to unravel in an upstate New York county where for the first time ACORN is under the scrutiny of a District Attorney who is not a Democrat cross-endorsed by the WFP. An upstate judge in Rensselaer County appointed a Special Prosecutor to look into WFP related absentee ballot fraud in a county election. Now the Working Families Party will be investigated in a county where the District Attorney is not a Democrat and can’t be pressured with the threat of loss of WFP endorsement or, as the WFP did in Albany County, intervention in the Democratic Party primary to replace an unfriendly DA. Dislodging the WFP in the Empire State will be a long and difficult fight, but ultimately the “Party’s” scamming of the State’s campaign finance laws will be prosecuted in a county with an unbiased prosecutor.” 

John Wilson wrote in the NY Post in March 2009 that the WFP (Working Families Party) is an Octopus of Shady Power behind NY’s huge tax hike. “The new state budget deal is a high way robbery of New York taxpayers and the Working Families Party is driving the getaway car. The WFP — a decade-old joint venture of Big Labor and the radical “community organizers” of ACORN — has leveraged a multi-tentacled, financially opaque structure to become a key power player in both the city and Albany.” “How opaque? It’s even set up a for-profit corporation that hides its campaign expenditures from public view, in apparent contravention of state election law. The Working Families Party, in short, is not a political party in any normal sense. It’s a complex tool for well-funded special interests looking to raid the public treasury.” “Consider, – union control is practically written into the WFP’s bylaws. Unions hold all but a handful of the 38 seats on the WFP’s Advisory Board, which party Executive Director Dan Cantor says is responsible for determining the party’s stances.” “Big Labor is also the party’s chief source of cash: The WFP pretends to rely mainly on small-dollar donations from “working families,” but last year, more than half its funding — $1 million-plus — came from powerful unions, many of which emerged unscathed from the budget process.  (Most of the rest was from Democratic politicians; more on that later.)” “Leading the donor pack was the potent SEIU Local 1199, with more than $300,000 — followed by the teachers unions, with $200,000. And ACORN — itself a major recipient of union cash — has tremendous overlap with the WFP. The two share two Brooklyn office spaces, plus senior leadership. 

Carol D. Leonnig a Washington Post Staff Writer along with Staff writer Anne E. Kornblut and research editor Alice Crites reported on October 6, 2009 of SEIU and Its ACORN Connections.  

By the late 1990s, ACORN had sunk its tentacles deep into New York City’s housing, school and social services bureaucracies. Now it was ready to make an even bigger power play. New York State would become a testing ground for an innovative strategy, whereby ACORN would seek political power directly through the ballot box. Led by New York ACORN director Steven Kest, a coalition of unions and ACORN activists launched the Working Families Party

Of WFP events, most notable was the party’s debut convention, March 26-27, 2000 at the Desmond Hotel in Albany – an event which the Communist newspaper People’s Weekly World approvingly called, “a turning point in New York politics.”  Before an audience packed with card-carrying members from WFP union affiliates SEIU, AFSCME, CWA, UAW, UNITE, and more.

“In the electoral coup that followed, thirty-eight new members took their seats in the City Council, giving the newcomers a veto-proof majority.” As Steven Malanga notes in the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal, “Almost a third of the winners ran with endorsements from the extremist Working Families Party… More than 60 percent of the new councilmen had backgrounds in government, social services, or community activism…” The newcomers included Al Gore’s New York campaign manager Eric Gioia, along with incendiaries such as Brooklyn Democrat Charles Barron, a former Black Panther.

The New York City Council’s ACORN-led coalition has set to work turning the Big Apple into a socialist mini-state. Its platform calls for a rollback of welfare reforms… If ACORN and its allies get their way, they will see a raise on corporate taxes, increased regulation, and empowerment of unions with a battery of new rights. They have even pushed for measures whereby corporations will be forbidden by law to escape ACORN’s persecution through relocation. No corporation would be permitted to leave New York City without an “exit visa” issued by the City Council.

In the Gotham Gazette – Campaign 2005, the City Council District 9 race: Rodney Caroll, Democrat is a SEIU union organizer and member of the Association of Black Social Workers, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, and Labor Council for Latin America. He serves on the organizing committee for the Working Families Party Manhattan Chapter. He served as an officer of the Neighborhood Advisory Board #10 of Community Development.

In the 2004 election cycle, a new and unsettling force entered New York politics: billionaire kingmaker and currency raider George Soros. Soros and his two eldest sons waded aggressively into state and local politics in 2004. The Working Families Party has cooperated closely with Soros in his intrigues. The New York Sun reported that it bodes ill for New York that the new “Sheriff of Albany” owes his election to corrupt and illegal financing by George Soros and the Working Families Party. Why the sudden interest in state and local politics on the part of leftist activists such as Soros and ACORN? An 2004 article by Jim Holt in The New York Times Magazine called on leftists to take a new look at states’ rights. “The more conservatives succeed in reducing the size and scope of the federal government, the more the blue states will have to pursue their own idea of a just society,” writes Holt.

The left is seeking secure perches in state houses and county seats across the nation, from which it can safely thumb its nose at the federal government. Such a strategy would enable them to radicalize America from the bottom up, seizing power city by city, county by county and state by state, in a relentless, political ground war. ACORN and its Working Families Party are leading the way in this new movement.

Pam Gellar wrote –  “ACORN, SEIU: Democrat Racketeering Tools” October 20, 2009  in which she stated: “The Democrats are a racketeering organization using their proxies like the Left wing Working Families Party (how ironic), ACORN, and community organizing organizations to steal elections and usurp the will of free men.”

An article by Professor David Walls Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Sonoma State University directly connects founder of ACORN, Wade Rathke to Saul Alinsky, ACORN’s mission of pressuring banks to issue risky mortgages, and the alliance between ACORN and UNIONS. The SDS, the Weather Underground, the New Party. Great Society liberalism had been co-opted by radical Leftists, Marxists, Maoists, and small ‘c’ communists.
The New York Post has analyzed the many shady dealings of the WFP, and its affiliation with ACORN.

Not the Times Union though regarding the voter fraud in Troy, NY.  Yet a simple review demonstrates that fraudulent ballot allegations were orchestrated by a higher entity – namely, ACORN.  One of the key components in the story, Karen Scharff, shows a direct link to the organization itself.

Scharff, according to the article, is co-chair of the Capital District WFP.  A little further digging reveals so much more… Scharff has been involved in health care meetings coordinated by her group, Citizen Action, and ACORN. A picture of one such event appears on the Times Union blog. Her name appears on a letter of support for ACORN, in which criticism of their work is labeled as ‘mainly partisan’ attacks.

An article regarding the power of fusion politics, a tactic used by the WFP, shows Scharff’s activism in the election of Albany District Attorney, David Soares. The article covers the tandem work of the WFP and Citizen Action, along with the strong ties that the WFP has with ACORN. One key element here is the mention of Bertha Lewis who is described as ‘the executive director of ACORN’s New York City chapter’. Lewis also serves as co-chair for the WFP.

Another article celebrating the Soares victory appears in the Nation, in which Scharff’s WFP work is mentioned alongside the work of Dan Cantor. Cantor also serves as Executive Director for the WFP, and was national organizer for the ‘New Party’ in the ‘90s, a socialist group with strong ties to ACORN. In fact, the New Ground described the New Party’s ‘biggest asset and biggest liability’ as ACORN.

Scharff serves on the Advisory Board for the Center for Working Families, alongside Jon Kest, Director of the New York Association of Community Organization for Reform Now.

Further research shows that the aforementioned names are constantly intertwined amongst various resources.

It is important to recognize that ACORN’s corrupt little arms have branched out everywhere.  Examples of such aren’t always as blatant as what we have seen recently in the media.  They control many other aspects, all the way down to the local level.  And it is just as important to hold the local media accountable for connecting the dots of corruption, rather than simply, as can be paraphrased from the Times Union response, ‘nothing that we’re aware of yet’.

Make yourself aware – the media, as you know, simply won’t do the work for you.

Michael J. Gaynor  – “One thing that journalists don’t seem to get about ACORN is that it is a strange, complex creature with tentacles that reach into the highest levels of the United States government, the Democratic Party, corporate America, the labor movement, the nonprofit world, the media, foreign governments, and academia.

“ACORN has a confusing structure and its network of who-knows-how-many taxpayer-funded tax-exempt nonprofit affiliates. As I’ve written ad nause[u]m, this is deliberate.”

“ACORN has been engaged in a campaign of deception about its SEIU affiliates, Local 100 headed by ACORN founder Wade Rathke and Local 880 headed by ACORN bigwig Keith Kelleher who happens to the husband of Madeline Talbott. Talbott, you may recall, is a radical agitator whose close personal ties to President Obama are extensively documented. Here’s just one tidbit from National Review Online.

“ACORN scrubbed its website of references to SEIU 100 and 880 earlier this year. Why would ACORN do that?”

Michael J. Gaynor, has been practicing law in New York for more than thirty years. A member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, he is now a solo practitioner and admitted to practice in the New York State courts, the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Michelle Malkin goes on to discuss another inextricably linked ACORN and WFP affiliate: Big Labor, specifically the SEIU. “The Service Employees International Union is co-located with several key ACORN offices across the country. ACORN founder Wade Rathke founded influential SEIU Local 100. As John Wilson reported in the New York Post this spring, the WFP’s largest donors are the SEIU, which pitched in more than $300,000, and the teachers union, which donated $200,000. These organizations have worked together to increase left-wing political clout, undermine capitalism and ensure “social justice” on the public’s dime.

It should be no surprise that this collaboration supports the federal “card-check” legislation that would massively boost union rolls — and Democratic voting rolls — at the expense of rank-and-file workers’ free choice. And for that matter, at the expense of Republican electoral prospects. Card check is the key to a Democratic majority in perpetuity. Big Labor bosses have said as much.”

Jedediah Bila reported on Human Events Sept, 2009 of ACORN and The Working Families Party: another Connection. The mere mention of ACORN rightfully sends distasteful chills up and down the spines of informed voters, particularly in light of recently released videos of ACORN employees advising undercover activists on the most efficient means to acquire a loan to operate a brothel, trick the IRS, and conceal a prostitution ring composed of adolescent (illegal) immigrant girls. While it is well past due for ACORN’s scandalous anatomy and agenda to be fully revealed, many close relatives of the radical entity remain comfortably concealed behind a deceptive grassroots, progressive façade whose crafty mission statements are clearly designed to charm struggling middle-class workers.

The National Legal Policy Center in a Oct 1, 2009 piece discusses how with each passing week, the shadowy radical political network ACORN is being dragged into the sunlight, and describes this organization along with it front groups such as the SEIU as a virtual corruption machine of the Democratic Party Left.  

ACORN has been implicated in a host of illegal schemes ranging from voter registration fraud to embezzlement to tax evasion and now the latest video sting of ACORN employees advising undercover activists on the most efficient means to acquire a fraudulent loan to operate a brothel, trick the IRS, and conceal a prostitution ring composed of adolescent (illegal) immigrant girls.

Patrick Gaspard served as a New Party (former Democratic Socialists of America) organizer, would continue his work for its successor group, the Working Families Party, was ACORN New York’s political director alongside ACORN boss and WFP Co-Chair Bertha Lewis, was 1199’s (SEIU) former political director and former VP, has a lengthy resume as a Democratic Party operative, and is now working in the White House. Lewis moved up in ACORN to replace founder Wade Rathke, who resigned due to an embezzlement scandal. Rathke also founded and is still chief organizer for the New Orleans-based SEIU.

… As of 2006, the executive director of the WFP is Dan Cantor. The party’s Co-Chairs are Sam Williams, UAW Region 9 CAP director, Western Ny Region contact and WFP Co-chair; Bertha Lewis, ACORN’s executive director; and Bob Master of the Communications Workers of America. The WFP also has a powerful alliance with Dennis Rivera who is widely considered 1199/SEIU’s enforcer. The intensely activist union is known to contribute more than $100,000 a year of the party’s $1.4 million annual budget.


Former New Leftist Stern is President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the largest union in the AFL-CIO who was instructed in radical union organizing techniques by the Midwest Academy formed by Paul and Heather Booth. He’s also a member of the Executive Committee of the Democratic Party auxiliary America Coming Together (ACT), a Shadow Party constituent group, which is funded by George Soros. The economic model championed by Stern and SEIU includes universal health care, increased taxation, expansion of social welfare programs, and further opportunities for workers to unionize. According to Ryan Lizza, Associate Editor of The New Republic, SEIU leaders such as Stern are radical and socialist.”

Michelle Malkin, Sept 2009, reports on Stern’s operating philosophy: “[W]e prefer to use the power of persuasion, but if that doesn’t work we use the persuasion of power.”

While Stern assails “greedy CEOS,” he grooms his own team of labor management thieves.

Excerpted from Culture of Corruption, “Chapter 7: SEIU – Look for the union label”

two weeks before Stern and company gathered Denver to celebrate Obama’s coronation, the LA Times published an explosive investigative series about the SEIU, Although the series got surprisingly little attention from national news organizations, L.A. Times reporters exposed how one of Stern’s top protégés Tyrone Freeman “shared in the wealth” – by siphoning off hundreds of thousands of dollars in dues money for personal enrichment and pleasure. Moreover, the paper alleged, Stern helped cover up the scandal.

The New York Times reported August 27, 2009 that SEIU’s own enforcer Dennis Rivera has been brought in to rescue universal health care. Steven Greenhouse writes that after two years in absentia, Rivera, “New York’s mightiest labor leader, running a union of 300,000 health care workers that often bent Albany to its will as it scared — and angered — governors, Democratic and Republican, has “emerged as a central player.” Who picked Rivera for the job — none other than SEIU president and former SDSer Andy Stern who said his union picked Mr. Rivera to oversee its health care campaign because “we need our own General Petraeus to win this war.”

National Review columnist Stanley Kurtz notes, “We are talking about a persistent and shared political alliance between the complex of community, labor, and party organizations controlled by ACORN.” That may be another way of saying that if ACORN is a criminal operation, then crime pays politically as well as economically.

On CNN’s Lou Dobbs program, reporter Bill Tucker explored the relationships between New York politicians who earmark tax money for ACORN front groups, and the subsequent campaign help they receive from ACORN.

National Legal Policy Center President Peter Flaherty notes that ACORN is under investigation for voter registration fraud but “the deeper scandal” is ACORN finances. The coordination between ACORN and the Census, since severed, was revealed as a result of a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the relentless investigator Tegan Millspaw of Judicial Watch.

The Wall Street Journal: The hollowed out city as “luxury product”—as Mr. Bloomberg once described his vision for a New York in which the wealthy subsidize the city’s work force—is unsustainable because Wall Street’s decline has coincided with the rise of the city’s public-sector unions as the dominant force in local politics. With Albany crippled, and the city’s Democratic Party atrophied by 16 years of backbiting while trying to wait out Mayors Giuliani and Bloomberg, unions have filled the vacuum with a political party of their own: the Working Families Party (WFP).

The WFP’s candidates for comptroller and public advocate (the other two city-wide positions) won easy victories in record-low turnout Democratic primaries, immediately becoming front-runners in the 2013 mayoral contest. The WFP, a party with less than 15,000 voters, has effectively taken control of the city’s three-million strong Democratic Party. The WFP represents the public-sector workers who have been protected in the downturn. And their agenda—higher taxes, a stock transfer tax that would impose a levy on the sale of corporate offerings, paid sick leave for all, free tuition to the city’s public universities, and of course higher wages and benefits for public-sector workers—can only strangle a recovery.

The WFP lists the New York chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America as an affiliate on the last page of their 2004 annual report along with: ACORN, SEIU, UAW, and many other Public and Private union locals. Aside from Brooklyn they list chapters only regionally to include the Western NY chapter who’s contact is Co-Chair Sam Williams, UAW Region 9 director. Their Brooklyn headquarters is the shared headquarters of ACORN and the SEIU as well.

The 2005 WFP Spring Fling with Special Guest and longtime supporter former US Senator John Edwards was held at the SEIU Conference Center in NYC.

Back in 2006 Elizabeth Benjamin reported on SEIU’s Largesse. SEIU/Local 1199’s state political action committee doled out $728,270 over the past six months, which is quite a lot more than the $118,855 it reported spending in its January filing. This was Democrat AG frontrunner Andrew Cuomo’s biggest campaign weapon having received a number of contributions in that cycle that clearly benefitted him politically. Sizable money went to three NYC county Democratic organizations that were all integral to pushing Cuomo to 66.6 percent of the weight vote at the party’s state convention and keeping his opposition off the ballot. One interesting contribution was $25,000 to Riverkeeper, where Cuomo’s ex-brother-in-law, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., is the chief attorney. Other big SEIU/1199 PAC contributions include: $50,000 to Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow/PUSH Coalition. $20,000 to ACORN (whose executive director, Bertha Lewis, also co-chairs the Working Families Party, which endorsed Cuomo), and $10,000 to the Drum Major Institute which has an SEIU/1199 connection – Jennifer Cunningham, the union’s vice president and a key Cuomo adviser, sits on its’ board

Excerpts from “Hard Facts on Soft Money in New York State” – A Common Cause/NY Report

August 2006. Endorsed By:

The League of Women Voters of NYS

The New York Public Interest Research Group

The Women’s City Club

Top contributions raised by the top party committees are given by a “who’s who” list of New York’s political players. These contributors include: Greater New York Hospital Association Management Corp, 1199 Service Employees International Union NYS PAC, Vote Cope/NYS United Teachers & more.


Contributor Amount

1199 SEIU NYS PAC $150,000

VOTE COPE / NYSUT $203,500


Contributor Amount


1199 SEIU $250,000


BTA (Bronxville Teachers Association) NEWS March 9, 2009

Rally for New York. Last Thursday, Jeff Zuckerman and I joined our union brothers and sisters from all over the State in demonstrations in favor of a Fair Share tax plan in New York State. The rally we attended in White Plains was one of 8 such rallies in New York State. Others were held in New York City, Long Island, Buffalo, Albany, Syracuse and elsewhere. We, and other NYSUT members, were joined by representatives of the Working Families Party, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, 1199 SEIU, among others.


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