Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Justice indicts corrupt union officials

Those darn union coffers, brimming with cash, are just so tempting.... What's a girl to do?

What Deborah Timko did, according to a U.S. Justice Department indictment, was fleece the union treasury then cover it up by hiring her twin sister to keep the books. Brilliant!

Timko, former president of Service Employees International Union Local 150 in Wisconsin, had help from a man named Danny Iverson, whom Timko had succeeded as president. The pair are charged with converting union funds for their own use. For one thing, after Iverson resigned from the union, Timko approved payments to him totalling $50,000. Nice work if you can get it. Iverson is charged with 18 of 33 counts in the indictment and faces $4.2 million in fines and up to 82 years in prison.

The Justice letter announcing the indictment "cautions the public" that an indictment is merely the formal method of issuing charges and that the indicted are presumed innocent, a principle that could clearly be seen in operation in the cases of Scooter Libby and Tom DeLay. After they were indicted, the New York Times and others practically trampled each other in the rush to assert the presumption of innocence.

Are Iverson and Timko just another couple of ham sandwiches? Maybe. But their union, SEIU, is widely known as both the fastest growing labor organization (drawing as it does on unskilled and immigrant labor), and also one of the most corrupt. The union also notches in at Number 6 on OpenSecrets.org's list of top all-time political donors. Since 1990, SEIU has donated $23,386,475 to political campaigns -- 96 percent to Democrats.

Among SEIU'S top beneficiaries so far this election cycle:

Byrd, Robert C (D-WV): Ku Klux Klan emeritus
Emanuel, Rahm (D-IL): Beneficiary, Daley Machine, Chicago
Clinton, Hillary Rodham (D-NY): Whitewater-Filegate-Travelgate-Cigargate emeritus and currently being sued for conspiracy and fraud.

Now there's a shocker: One of the most corrupt unions underwriting some of the most corrupt politicians. Somebody get me Lois Lane.

HT: Wispolitics.com

-- VINCENT

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McCAIN adds: Thanks, Lois. Perry White gave me a call -- "Great Caesar's ghost, Clark! This is huge: (Allegedy) corrupt union officials!" -- and I rushed down to the Daily Planet where, with the aid of Google, I discovered that the same Timko and Iverson who were (allegedly) ripping off the workers of SEIU Local 150 were also ... wait for it ... giving money to Democrats:

Iverson, Danny
$250 - Monday, December 24, 2001
SEIU
Labor Unions
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Iverson, Danny L
$100 - Tuesday, December 02, 2003
SEIU
Labor Unions
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Timko, Debra M
$110 - Tuesday, May 03, 2005
SEIU Local 150
Labor Unions
Milwaukee, WI 53204


But ... wait. Do (allegedly) corrupt union officials only give money to local Democrats? No, thanks to our good friends at Political Money Line, we learn that our good friend Danny Iverson also contributed to congressional campaigns:

Iverson, Danny
4/11/2002
$250.00
Milwaukee, WI 53202
SEIU/Director
FRIENDS OF JERRY KLECZKA (D-WI)

Iverson, Danny
3/23/2004
$500.00
Milwaukee, WI 53202
SEIU/Vice President
CARPENTER FOR CONGRESS

Iverson, Danny
6/30/2004
$500.00
Milwaukee, WI 53202
SEIU/Vice President
CARPENTER FOR CONGRESS

Who is "Carpenter for Congress"? He's state Sen. Timothy Carpenter. (Alas, not this Tim Carpenter. That would be too good to be true.) State Sen. Carpenter got beat in a primary by Rep. Gwen Moore, who replaced retiring Rep. Kleczka.

Basically, "Carpenter for Congress" 2004 was all about blowing $250,000 of Democratic contributions (including union money) in a vain attempt to prevent Gwen Moore from being elected to Congress from a 70% Democratic district.

As a matter of fact, the combined field of Democratic candidates in the 4th District of Wisconsin chewed through $2.2 million to win a seat that was never in any danger of being won by a Republican (the two GOP candidates for the seat spent just $237,000 -- a little more than 1/10th of what the combined Democrats spent.)

So Democrats spend $2.2 million fighting over a safe seat and ... who is the "party of the rich"?

But you see, that's OK because the Democrats are all about helping the working man. Or, at least, helping themselves to the working man's union dues ...

And the MoveOn moonbats can't figure out why they keep losing while throwing money at a party full of (alleged) thieves who can't even figure out the basic economics of politics.

Forget about drinking the Kool-Aid. Frankly, Lois, I think these moonbats must be smoking Kryptonite.

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