By Elise Richmond May 20, 2015
Do you believe that public sector unions like the SEIU and the teachers’ union are looking out for the best interest of all the people in California? Are the unions in politics to help conservative ideas move forward in the state of California? Do the union bosses have the best interest of Republicans in mind? Would any Republican answer, “yes”, to any of these questions?
On one day alone in 2014, the unions gave $1.59 million in campaign contributions to the California State Democrat Party. $7 hundred thousand came from the California Teachers Association alone.
I read an article from Jon Fleischman in Breitbart.com, entitled, “Big Labor Scorecard reveals slavish Loyalty of California’s Legislators”.
Jon Fleischman’s article begins by saying that a couple of weeks ago a freshman Republican member of the State Assembly said to him, “You were right, this place is controlled lock, stock and barrel by the unions.”
Some additional excerpts from the article are: “The good news (or the bad news) is that if you actually want to see in great detail how much say these unions have in passing or killing legislation, you don’t have to do much in-depth research. Every year, the California Labor Federation actually puts out its own scorecard, listing its top legislative priorities and scoring California’s 120 legislators on how well they towed the union line.” “The scorecard, using a total of 33 different bills that ran the gamut of labor issues, a huge percentage of them are bills that either increase the number of union positions, increase benefits for union members, or require particular types of projects to be reserved for union workers.” “From 2003 to 2012 the California Teachers Association and the Service Employees International Union together spent a stunning $214,022,424 directly on candidates, independent expenditures, or ballot measure campaigns.”
The article ends with, “California: the best legislature big labor money can buy.”
I was excited to look at that score card to see how well our Republicans were fighting the fight for us against the unions. These are the same unions that work to defeat all of my Republican friends at election time and fight against the Republican Party that I want to continue to believe in.
I first looked up my friend, Tim Donnelly, who has been on my radio show many times. I hosted him on live remote with the Heritage Palms Republican Club. Tim went from a lifetime voting record of 6% with the unions to an 8% voting record with the union in 2014. That’s not bad, as I am a more moderate Republican than he is.
When I looked up my husband’s friend, Assemblyman Eric Linder’s score, Bob and I were flabbergasted. Remember that Bob has always supported Eric from the beginning of his political career. Eric’s voting record with the union went from 22% lifetime to 42% in 2014. You can well imagine our surprise and disappointment. Voting with the unions 42% of the time, when you are a Republican is unacceptable.
The next elected to check on was Melissa Melendez. Melissa has been a guest on my radio show. Bob has also always supported her. As chairman of the Riverside County Republican Party, Bob wrote her an endorsement in her first political campaign for city council. Melissa’s lifetime support for union bills was 15%. That was acceptable to Bob and me.
In my lifetime, I have found that I agree with the Democrats maybe between 10 and 15%, as both Bob and I are more moderate than some Republicans. I was a registered Democrat for 24 years, before growing up. In 2014, Melissa’s vote for the union backed bills went up to 27%. This is too high for me, a reformed Democrat.
In fact, after checking the scorecard, all Republican legislators scored higher in 2014 than their lifetime averages. This is all unacceptable to me. Is this unacceptable to you? Republican legislators are being led more by public sector union bosses than led by conservative voters’ ideals.
Remember the ad campaign, Friends don’t let friends drive drunk. Do whatever it takes to stop them. The ad was very effective in encouraging people to take action, so their friends didn’t bring harm to themselves and others. The ad empowered friends to take the responsibility to stop their friends from unacceptable behavior, DRIVING DRUNK.
The new Republican ad campaign that Bob and I are starting is: Republicans don’t let Republican legislators vote union, do whatever it takes to stop them. We want to encourage the Conservative Grassroots to tell our Republican legislators to stand up for us against the union bosses that control the state legislature. These are the same bosses that need a 2/3 majority to pass legislation, even if it means the vote of one Republican senator and four Republican assembly members.
Now, I started to look for the reasons that the scores went up. I began connecting the dots that might have caused this voting trend to go up, move to the left and so I checked all Republican legislators’ union votes. Let’s connect those dots now.
Prop 14, “top two” open primary, was passed by the voters and authored by the moderate Republican Senator Abel Maldonado. It was supported financially by money from moderate Republican Governor Schwarzenegger’s Dream Team Pac.
“Conservatives and liberal activists are treated like fodder by this system. Special interests and the wealthy are out spending each other for control of the legislature. At the end of the day those elected, mostly with few exceptions, report to their donors instead of their constituents.” Stated by Stephen Frank Capital News and Views.
Charles Munger Jr. spent $3 million in 2010 registering independent voters, figuring they’d support Prop 14, which enacted California’s “top-two” open primary, according to George Skelton Los ANGELES TIMES
“Prop 14, the initiative to put in place California’s new top-two primary system, was backed by business interests and rich folks, such as Charles Munger Jr.” Joe Matthew
I simply think that the unions try to influence the election with money and endorsements to the most pro-union moderate Republican candidate. Wow! Prop 14 was sold as a law to stop the gridlock between the Democrat Party and the Republican Party for a better California. It has not turned out to be better for California, but rather better for the union control of our state.
Under the leadership of Chairman Jim Brulte, the California Republican Party accepted contributions of $25 thousand from the SEIU and teachers union in 2013. In 2014 a donation from the SEIU sponsored PAC, Caring for Californians, gave $530 thousand to our California Republican Party. Caring for Californians is sponsored by the SEIU, the United Healthcare Workers West & California Association of Hospitals & Health Systems. That same SEIU PAC also gave $1.5 million to the Democrat State Party in 2014.
Red State blogs has a great article, describing how the union wants to destroy the California Republican Party. There is another article byStephen Frank on the SEIU, taking control of the state party. All of these articles were written before anyone knew about the $500 thousand donation, secured by Jim Brulte, the chairman of the state GOP. Before reading this article, how many of you knew this was going on?
Ed Ring from Unionwatch thinks this is wrong. A quote from ED’s article, “Public sector unions own California, and they own California’s Democratic Party. If you accept Brulte’s premises, his logic is unassailable. And union money going to the California Republican party, which in-turn is allocated to Republican candidates in strategic races, is not quite the same as union money going directly to the candidates. Either way, the more money the unions give, the more influence they will have. How can this play out?”
Ed didn’t even know about the $530 thousand that the SEIU gave to Jim Brulte, the leader of the Republican Party in 2014. Did Jim Brulte solicit this donate? He has said that his job, as leader, is to raise money. How did he convince the SEIU to give him the money? What was in it for the union bosses? Or, did the check just show up in the mail one day?
Have any of our state chairmen ever lobbied the unions for money? Would any of the chairmen have accepted this amount of money at a time, whether the party was in debt or not?
Do any of them think this is a good idea for our Republican party?
The SEIU has started a “Republican PAC” to support and influence moderate union friendly Republican candidates and help them get elected to support more union bosses. This PAC is called the Golden California Committee PAC. The committee wants to influence in Top Two Primaries and general elections, when two Republicans are running against each other. The SEIU donated $300 thousand to this Republican PAC. A meeting was held in 2014 to lobby and influence Republican assembly candidates and senators. Assemblyman Chad Mayes and Senator Anthony Canella were present.
The Golden California Committee PAC is a fraud, perpetrated by the SEIU. Not one single penny has ever been donated to any Republican candidate from this PAC, since its inception. However, you can bet that this PAC is still trying to influence and lobby our state legislators.
No Republicans received support from this so called Republican PAC. Unions are acting like Obama, which should be no shock to anyone. They say one thing and do the opposite.
This is what I want you take from this article. When unions donate money, they expect something in return. What do they expect? Votes! It is my opinion that the union bosses are out to influence our Republican leadership and state legislators and to destroy our party.
Republicans don’t let Republican legislators vote UNION! Do whatever it takes to stop them.
“Obviously, at the end of 2013 someone needs to create a voting record (with percentages and ranking) of how Republicans voted on labor issues in the California State Legislature. Then there will be some accountability to the voters.” Kevin Dayton from unionwatch.
Don’t forget Jon Fleishman’s saying, “California: the best legislature big labor money can buy.”
This article is the second part of an investigation into the unionization of the California Republican Party. Part 1 detailed the dramatic increase in union political contribution to the state GOP and the resulting increase GOP support for union- backed legislation. This part expands upon that investigation and explains what you can do to stop this trend.
Unions will save the United States is well worth the 3 minutes to watch this video. It will set the tone why we need to contact Republican legislators who vote for union backed bills. Voting for AB 211 is so wrong.
We want to let everyone know that former Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, who had the lowest score (8% voting with the union bosses in 2014), is a champion at holding the line against the union takeover of the Republican Party. Tim Donnelly will be missed in the Assembly.
AB 211 takes power away from the counties and centralizes the power in the state legislature to make law for the IHSS, In-Home Special Services, including the power of collective bargaining. AB 211 will give a huge advantage in leverage to the union, when it is time for negotiations between the union and the union-bought legislators. Just like the quote in Part 1 from a freshman assemblyman to Jon Fleischman, “You were right, this place is controlled lock, stock and barrel by the unions.”
AB 211 is born out of the failed SB 1008, which created a pilot program for eight counties, called California’s Coordinated Care Initiative or CCI. Not one single Republican voted for this failed law in June of 2012.
The ultimate goal of the union bosses is to turn these IHSS workers into STATE employees and that is never a good idea. This is exactly how the left creates jobs. Unionize more employees. The entire goal of Obamacare is to transfer control from the private sector to the state. How is that working out?
To take power away from the county and centralize it at the state level is never a good idea. The farther you distance decisions from the provider of the service, the poorer the decision becomes. It’s called centralized planning and is a method used by the extinct Soviet Union. Remember that Russia was called the UNION of Soviet Socialist Republic.
It has been pointed out that because the state pays more of the cost compared to the counties, the state should control the collective bargaining. The state pays 33% of the cost, compared to the counties 17%. The Feds cover the rest. It is assumed that the cost containment is better regulated in collective bargaining in the legislature than in the 58 county boards of supervisors.
In 2014, ten Republican assembly members voted to the raise wages of the public sector union workers by 4.5%. How is that for cost containment?
Common Core is another example of centralized planning. How is that working out?
I prefer the Wisconsin example of de-centralizing power away for the unions. Put the power closer to the service. Wisconsin is a great success for Republican legislators. Governor Scott Walker and the Wisconsin Republicans fought for Republican ideals. This is what all Republican legislators should be fighting for….for us. I think that some of our Legislators have taken the view: Why fight it? Wisconsin will never happen in California. Instead, let’s partner with the unions, because they have the money. The legislators are destroying democracy in California and getting a little something for it at the same time.
We need to let the legislators know that we elected them to fight for the conservative ideals and not to roll over like a trained dog, waiting for a treat from its master. I believe the Assembly and Senate Republicans have rolled over on AB 211 and are waiting for their union treat.
If you want the Republican legislators’ masters to be the union bosses, then do nothing. If you want conservative ideals to lead the Republican legislators and give them the direction that they need, then write a postcard, send a letter or phone or email these elected officials, waiting for a treat. After they do the right thing and follow real conservative principles, we will give them the treat that they have earned…..re-election.
We should not let the union bosses retrain our legislators. If you don’t act now, the unions will win the battle. Can you visualize the Soviet Union at the turn of the 20th century? What was life like then for the Russian people? I believe if we don’t start winning some battles and if we keep letting the unions win battles, California will lose the war and not be too different from what you have just visualized.
The unions want control of the state by creating more workers to give them more money to buy more Republicans. Remember what Jon Fleischman said, “California: the best legislature big labor money can buy.” And, because they already own the Democrat Party lock, stock and barrel. It’s the same reason they use immigration and push amnesty as an issue. The unions want amnesty to get more votes to own elections for Democrats and to rule the state of California.
AB 211 is one more vehicle for the Union Bosses to rule the state. It takes collective bargaining from the counties and moves it to the state. The union bosses want to make the IHSS workers state employees and raise their pay to a living wage of $15 an hour. It is now under $10 an hour in many counties.
The first person to contact is Republican Senator Anthony Cannella.
As the only Republican with five Democrat legislators out of 120, who received a 100% from the UDW AFSCME Union scorecard, Senator Cannella also received a 76% rating with the California Labor Federation Union scorecard.
Cannella won his primary race by a landslide—64% to 36%. Cannella won the general election in another landslide—-61% to 39% against the same Prop 14 Democrat opponent, Shawn K. Bagley. Democrat Shawn K Bagley only received $2,000 toward his run for senate from one union PAC. Bagley spent a total of $61,000 in this senate race. The public sector unions gave Cannella $42,000 to run against Bagley. Democrat Senator Rubio, who resigned from the senate, gave Cannella $4,100 to run against Bagley. What is wrong with this picture? What is Cannella doing in return for all of these donations? Could it be —- Votes?
Cannella received $111,000 from the California Republican Party. Cannella spent $770,000 to run against Bagley, the Democrat opponent, who spent $61,000. Why did the CRP give $111,000 to Cannella, when money for candidates is always tight? It makes no sense. Didn’t Jim Brulte have a poll showing Cannella leading by such a large margin? Shouldn’t Brulte have known the money would be wasted and not needed in this senate race, because Cannella had raised so much money without the help of the CRP? How confident are we in our leadership, when they waste this kind of money on a Republican union hack. Oh, I forgot the CRP received $500,000 from the SEIU to help this type of Republican get elected.
Cannella is a Co-Author of AB 211, the union bosses’ Co-Sponsored bill. Sponsored by UDW/AFSCME Local 3930, co-sponsors by American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), AFL-CIO, California Labor Federation.
Call or fax Senator Cannella in Sacramento Phone: (916) 651-4012 Fax: (916) 651-4912
In Ceres: 2561 3rd St., Suite A Ceres, CA 95307 Office Phone: (209) 581-9827
Fax: (209) 581-9832
Email the Senator at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tell him his authorship of this Democrat union-backed bill, AB 211, is unacceptable. He needs to vote No, when it comes to AB 211 and remove himself as co-author.
The second person to contact is my freshman Assemblyman Chad Mayes. He voted YES for AB 211 out of committee to go to the floor of the Assembly. Chad received about $20,000 from the public sector unions to defeat his Democrat opponent in the general election. If Chad received only $20,000, it looks like the union bosses scored big.
When my husband, Bob, read an article in our local newspaper, The Desert Sun, by Jesse Marx, that Assemblyman Chad Mayes had voted against the Republican Caucus by voting for AB 211, he became worried that Chad might lose his position as Whip in the Caucus. Brian Nestande voted against the Caucus on SB 1500 and in my opinion was made to step down.
Bob emailed the leader of the caucus, Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen, with his concerns about AB 211. This is her response word for word from the e-mail that Bob received from her:
Dear Bob –
Thanks for contacting me about Assemblyman Mayes’ vote on AB 211. So that you are clear, Mr. Mayes did not vote “against” the caucus; he cast a vote in committee that was different than a staff recommendation. This is something that all of our caucus members do – including me – multiple times every session. This is the way it should be because it is members, not staff, who make policy.
Chad is a strong conservative and one of my strongest allies in the caucus. When issues like this come up, many in the caucus look to Chad for guidance given his experience in local government. And while I cannot speak to the action you cite regarding the former leader, you should know that I encourage independent thought on issues and am thankful that leaders like Chad have the courage to do so.
Bob emailed her two weeks ago and asked her if Assemblyman Mayes was going to whip other Republicans to vote YES on AB 211. He also asked the Assemblywoman, if she agreed with Assemblyman Mayes on AB 211. She hasn’t got back to Bob. I wonder why?
We don’t know if the Republican Caucus is against AB 211. I don’t think we will ever know if the Caucus is against or for anything, as long as Assemblywoman Olson is the leader.
Freshman Assemblyman Chad Mayes Sacramento office (916) 319-2042 Rancho Mirage, district office 760-574-4262 Email Assemblymember.Mayes@assembly.ca.gov P.O. Box 942849, Room 4144, Sacramento, CA 94249-0042
Tell Chad that his vote on AB 211 is unacceptable and stop helping the union bosses destroy the Republican Party and California.
Add to the list Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen Leader of the Assembly Caucus and ask her to lead by example and not let others make deals on their own with the unions. That is unacceptable as the leader of the Republican Caucus. She should be appalled by Assemblyman Mayes’ vote. If she is not, maybe she would rather be leader of the Democrat Assembly Caucus.
Sacramento office 916-319-2012, 916-319-2112 fax 3719 Tully Road, Suite #C Modesto, CA 95356
We should not allow Republican legislators to act like Democrats.
Just as in the message of the great ad campaign “Don’t let your friends drive drunk, do whatever it takes to stop them”
I say “Don’t let your legislator vote union, do whatever it takes to stop them.
If you missed part 1 of the Unionization of the California Republican Party go to eliserichmond.com to read it.