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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Love Is Free

Politics costs money. SEIU just ponied up $120,000 to help out John Kroger in his campaign against PERS public enemy number 2, Greg Macpherson. Clearly SEIU feels pretty strongly that Macpherson sold out his labor supporters in authoring and backing much of the legislation that we all now feel heftily in our pocketbooks. As far as I can tell, this is the largest amount of money any of the unions have given for any statewide campaign and underscores how important the AG race is and how badly SEIU wants Macpherson off the public stage for the next few years. Now if AFSCME decides to pony up an equal amount, Kroger might be able to put Macpherson away permanently. I don't have much hope that AFSCME will do so, however, as they are the union representing the attorneys in the Department of Justice. That unit endorsed Macpherson. Apparently, their pensions are no so important. All I can say is that my money went to Kroger and I'm hoping he'll have staying power to get to 50% + 1 on May 20th. Go John.

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