Maryland Congressman Al Wynn is a reliable pro-Big Labor Democrat, but to some union bosses, he not good enough. Wynn is under assault from liberal bloggers, Big Labor and left-wing groups because of his support for some initiatives that help free enterprise. But Wynn is fighting back, especially at the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).
Wynn’s campaign has filed a 134-page complaint with the Federal Election Commission against his opponent, Donna Edwards, and her relationship with the liberal Arca Foundation.
“In her position as Executive Director of Arca, Ms. Edwards has the ability to direct and influence decision making within these political organizations. Thus the expenditures made by the (Service Employees International Union), Emily’s List and others to her campaign can in no way be called independent,” the document states. “(They) are all undertaken to avoid federal campaign contribution limits.” . . .
The FEC complaint alleges that Arca Foundation granted a total of $4,289,640 to 39 organizations from 2002 through 2006. Board members, employees and political action committees of these organizations gave Edwards’ campaign more than $138,500 (in 2006 through the third quarter of 2007), according to the statement.
In 2000, Edwards joined the Arca Foundation as executive director. She took a leave of absence starting Sept. 3, 2007.
The complaint also states that campaign literature paid for by the 1199 SEIU (United Healthcare Workers East) Federal PAC appears to be the “direct result of collaboration between the Edwards campaign and SEIU.”
You have to give Wynn some credit. Unlike many Republicans who get targeted and attacked by Big Labor and don’t battle back, Wynn is fighting to win.