Editor’s Note: This article is the fifth in a series of articles discussing Nebraska politics particularly the NEGOP, its leadership, elected officeholders, candidates, campaigns and closely-connected interest groups as they all relate to “the Tea Party Movement”. We recommend starting with “Nebraska’s Ruling Class and the Perils of (Assisted) Political Suicide“, which includes links to preliminary articles.
I’m not sure there is a whole lot that I need to say in this article, besides giving some necessary background, because the information here speaks volumes, all by itself. The image, below, was taken from “Follow the Money”, which gets its numbers from the State of Nebraska filings.
Note that my annotated snapshot was taken several months ago and does not reflect the fact that there must have been some additional filings received. The key difference between my snapshot and the updated live version is that Nebraska State Education Association actually gave the Governor more money and now sits in the #2 spot on the list.
NSEA is the state teachers’ union
Service Employees International Union are the “purple people” I referenced in the title.
“Purple People” is a nickname given to SEIU because the members are known to don purple t-shirts and other garb based on the union’s logo whenever they gather.
The title notes that Governor liked SEIU “before they were ‘cool'”, because the group essentially operated “under the radar” of American political discourse until the 2008 election season, when their association with candidate Barack Obama began coming to light. It seems interesting and important to note that the Governor did not receive any contributions from SEIU after the 2006 election.
Some interesting links about SEIU…
- Discover The Network’s SEIU page
- Investors Business Daily: “Organized Labor’s Man on the Inside“
- Michelle Malkin: SEIU and the “persuasion of power” – Update: St. Louis Thuggery Tape
- Site dedicated to stories about SEIU tactics: PurplePeopleBeaters.com
- Page about Wade Rathke, co-founder of SEIU, one-time head of ACORN, and associate of Barack Obama
A segment with Fox’s Stuart Varney about an organizing manual SEIU sent out to its members regarding how to “organize” in July 2011:
For at least some Nebraska political junkies, I might have titled this article…
What do Jane Flemming Kleeb and Dave Heineman have in common?
While one could say much about Mrs. Kleeb on the subject, for the moment, I’ll merely link to the “Change That Works” case study page, where a Lincoln health care rally is listed among the successful efforts. “Change That Works” was an affiliate group of SEIU for which Mrs. Kleeb worked.
Three relevant links…
Testimony and Presentation Documents, Business and Labor Committee Hearing, February 2011 (Includes important statistics and facts about Nebraska’s economy.)
“Rich States, Poor States 4th Edition” (Nebraska is on p. 76)