Big Unions Dole Out Free Baseball Tickets To Inflate Crowd Size At Shaheen Rally
CONCORD - In the latest example of Jeanne Shaheen's close ties to big labor unions, the New England Regional Council of Carpenters (NERCC) is offering free gifts and favors to out-of-state union members who attend an upcoming Shaheen event.
According to an email distributed by the NERCC, the organization has pledged to purchase every union member who attends Shaheen's campaign rally before Thursday's WMUR senatorial debate a free pair of New Hampshire Fisher Cats tickets. The union members will also be treated to free pizza and beverages before the rally.
"Clearly, the big union bosses and special interests are willing to spare no expense in their effort to install a political puppet like Jeanne Shaheen in the United States Senate. They have already donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Shaheen's campaign, funded negative ads that distort John Sununu's record, and now they are offering party favors to out-of-state union members who attend her political rallies," said New Hampshire Republican Chairman Fergus Cullen.
"Jeanne Shaheen's enthusiastic support for the union-backed ‘card check' legislation that will curb workplace voting rights demonstrates that Shaheen lacks the independence and good judgment to stand up for New Hampshire families over the agenda of the liberal special interests," said Cullen.
USA Today recently reported that big unions supporting Jeanne Shaheen's campaign are already funneling millions of dollars to liberal front groups that are currently running negative, misleading commercials about Senator John Sununu's record.
Since July, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) has funneled almost $5.5 million to liberal "non-profits" including Patriot Majority. The SEIU's "Change To Win Labor Federation" has also contributed $500,000 to the group. Patriot Majority is currently spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in New Hampshire to spread mistruths and lies about John Sununu. The AFSCME is concealing their support for Patriot Majority by refusing to identify their involvement in paying for the group's deceptive ads.
According to the non partisan Center for Responsive Politics, Jeanne Shaheen has accepted over $256,000 in donations from Union PACs. Shaheen is also championing the disastrous, anti-New Hampshire, union-backed "card check" legislation that would deny workers the right to a secret ballot vote on union representation. The bill also exposes workers to intimidation, coercion and retaliation from union organizers.
The NERCC is shipping out-of-state union members to New Hampshire to attend a rally, with offers of gifts and favors:
"Please join NERCC Executive Secretary-Treasurer Mark Erlich and union Brothers and Sisters at one of the most exciting campaign events of the season. Next Thursday, October 30 will be the final debate between New Hampshire Senate candidates Jeanne Shaheen and John Sununu at Channel 9, WMUR. Union Carpenters will be gathering at merchantsauto.com Stadium, the home of the Manchester Fisher Cats, which is adjacent to the debate venue. Pizza will be served at 5 pm followed by visibilities and a debate watch. Every member that attends this rally will be given a pair of baseball tickets. These tickets will be for a game between the New Hampshire Fisher Cats and the Portland Sea Dogs the Red Sox affiliate on May 27, 2009. This will be a UBC night out at the ballpark." (NERCC Email, 10/24/08)
Big Unions Are Bankrolling Liberal Special Interest Groups Including Patriot Majority:
USA TODAY: "Since July, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) has donated almost $5.5 million to three groups: Campaign Money Watch, Patriot Majority and Patriot Majority Midwest. Those groups have spent more than $2 million on TV ads attacking GOP Sens. Ted Stevens of Alaska and John Sununu of New Hampshire and five GOP lawmakers and House candidates in Florida, Michigan and Ohio. The ads don't mention AFSCME by name." (USA Today, 9/19/08)
NPR: "In July and August, [Patriot Majority] received $1.2 million from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees; $500,000 from the Change to Win labor federation (which is spearheaded by the Service Employees International Union); and $125,000 from the United Food and Commercial Workers union, according to the filings. (NPR.com 9/9/08)
Patriot Majority Is Running Dishonest Ads In New Hampshire With Big Union Money:
The Hill: "The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) against a 527 it says violated contributions laws by acting as a political action committee. In a letter to the FEC on Monday, the NRCC alleges that Patriot Majority and affiliates Patriot Majority West, Patriot Majority Midwest and Patriot Majority Arizona violated election law by running advocacy ads that specifically criticize Republican candidates. (The Hill, 9/15/08)
- The Hill: The group has run ads against the following Republican members: Reps. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (Fla.), Joe Knollenberg (Mich.), Jean Schmidt (Ohio), Steve Chabot (Ohio), Tim Walberg (Mich.) and Steve Pearce (N.M.) and Sen. John Sununu (N.H.).
According to the Center For Responsive Politics, Jeanne Shaheen Has Accepted $256, 000 from Union PACS: