Funding the LeftOn May 14, 2015 Latest updates
SEIU has become one of the most powerful forces in local and state politics in the past 10 years.
The union has poured millions of dollars into the campaigns of President Barack Obama, former governors Rod Blagojevich and Pat Quinn, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and many other Illinois politicians.
SEIU also has been the biggest contributor in City Council races in the last three Chicago elections. Beginning in 2007, the union has backed progressive candidates who have generally backed labor and have been among the more vocal critics of former Mayor Richard M. Daley and Emanuel.
SEIU continues to spend its members’ money on local Chicago politics. “Labor sources had told the Chicago Sun-Times the labor group was poised to spend upward of $2 million on the [mayor’s] race.”
SEIU gave nearly $1 million of its members’ money to the campaign of Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf, a multimillionaire who dumped more than $10 million into his campaign.