Friday, April 9, 2010

Attack of the Drones

Democratic special interests have wasted no time attacking Bob Ehrlich. Citizens for Strength and Security a union front group aired radio ads attacking Bob Ehrlich as a lobbyist.

IRS data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics shows that CSS has received over $900,000 from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the Communications Workers of America for the 2010 election cycle. CSS spent nearly $3 million in the 2008 election cycle.

The ad closely mimics the same line of attack the Maryland Democratic Party deployed against Ehrlich.

The argument that Ehrlich is a lobbyist is dubious at best. Even Democrat operatives admit they have no proof. SEIU however is very much a lobbyist. In 2009, SEIU spent $2.6 million lobbying the federal government. That amount does not account for unregistered lobbyist and SEIU president Andy Stern lobbying the White House.

Naturally, Maryland Democrats are the farm team for Annapolis lobbyists. The relationship also works the other way. Quincey Gamble, a former MDP executive director was an SEIU lobbyist before running the party. In 2006, the state ethics commission cited Gamble for failing properly report his activities.

SEIU is a major contributor to the Maryland Democratic Party or as Democratic state senator Mac Middleton calls them, “the hand that feeds you.”

Since 2009 alone SEIU has given Middleton $8,000. That investment in Middleton has paid dividends in the form SEIU’s family child care power grab. Middleton, chair of the Senate Finance Committee shepherded the bill out of his committee and through the Senate.

Democrats and their union masters are the entrenched special interests in Maryland, and no amount of Freudian projection will diminish the ferocious political headwinds they are sailing towards this November. After all, they charted the course.


DetectiveDick said...

Ah, the SEIU and ACORN (now under a new name, Affordable Housing Centers of America)share the same goal. Get Federal and State money via a shell game of transfers for redistribution. O'Malley and the Maryland Democrat Party have dirty hands by accepting this laundered taxpayer money via PAC's controlled by the SEIU. A criminal organization such as the SEIU then works to bankrupt the Public Treasury by demanding more money. Organizing for America, SEIU and ACORN are the Menage-A-Trois that O'Malley and the Maryland Democrat Party dream about in 2010.

O'Malley luvs Purple

justdafacts said...

Mark -

Check your work. Quincey Gamble wasn't cited for failure to submit a lobbying activity report, not for failure to register.

Pretending you're not a paid lobbyist while being a paid lobbyist (ie; failure to register) is a more serious matter, as Americans for Prosperity-Maryland will soon learn.

- Steve Lebowitz, Annapolis

Mark Newgent said...


You're right. I read that part of the SBE's sanction of Gamble wrong.

However, the matter still proves that MDDems are the the farm team for Annapolis lobbyists and servants for the special interests the run the state.

As for disclosure AFP should disclose as soon as the UM Environmental Law Clinic and O'Malley's former hacks at KO Public Relations.

Mark Newgent said...

MDDem Blue is controlled by SEIU purple.