The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) spent $61 million on lobbying and political activities, as well as an additional $19 million on the Fight for $15 movement. Now that is leading to huge layoffs.
The union’s most recent Department of Labor filings revealed that the union has spent $61.6 million or nearly 20 percent of its $314.6 million budget, on political activities, including Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, according to the Washington Free Beacon‘s Bill McMorris.
Despite picking up 15,000 new members in 2016, it has seen revenues fall, leading to staff layoffs inside its Washington, D.C. headquarters, according to the report.
McMorris says that the $61.6 million figure was $13 million higher than what was spent in 2015, but $51 million less than what the union spent during former President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign.
The SEIU represents over two million members in the public sector, service, and healthcare industry and it made plans to cut its budget by 30 percent after President Trump win the election in November.
SEIU President Mary Kay Henry called to dramatically re-think the unions strategy, calling Trump and Congress the “far-right.”
“Because the far right will control all three branches of the federal government, we [The SEIU] will face serious threats to the ability of working people to join together in unions,” Henry said in a Dec. 14, 2016 internal memo obtained by Bloomberg.