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Betrayal
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Betrayal
How Union Bosses Shake Down Their Members and Corrupt American Politics
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"Simply put, the leftist labor unions have the Democrats in their pockets. And we're all paying the price."
Linda Chavez, President George W. Bush's original choice for Secretary of Labor and a former union official, is one of the foremost authorities on America's labor unions. Now, in the explosive new book Betrayal, she and fellow union expert Daniel Gray expose the corrupt bargain between the labor movement and the Democratic Party.
Committed to a far-left political agenda—and to enhancing their own power—union bosses funnel at least half a billion dollars into Democratic coffers every year. And they do it, illegally, by using dues money that workers are forced to pay as a condition of their employment—dues money that each year brings the unions $17 billion, all of it tax-free.
What do labor bosses get in return? The power to call the shots in Democratic campaigns and on party policy, extraordinary influence at all levels of government, billions of dollars in taxpayer-funded federal grants, and special legal privileges that leave them free to act as they please, no matter the consequences for the American people. The cycle of corruption is seemingly endless.
Chavez and Gray name names, exposing the many politicians who are in Big Labor's pocket—including the leading lights of the Democratic Party. Betrayal also reveals:
• Big Labor's all-out efforts in the 2004 election, including how just one local union has launched a $35-million campaign to unseat President Bush
• How corrupt union officials use members' hard-earned money to fund lavish lifestyles—and how their Democratic supporters let them get away with it
• How unions flout the law by failing to report any of their political spending to the IRS
• How a government report uncovered the Democrats' sellout to Big Labor—but how the unions and the Democrats sued to keep the report from going public
• How the U.S. government lets unions practice legalized terrorism against American citizens
• How public-employee unions extort concessions from the government and put Americans at risk by refusing to provide vital services like policing and firefighting
• How Americans now live under a system of legal apartheid—one set of rules for labor bosses, another for the rest of us
All of us foot the bill for this corrupt system. Now it's up to us to do something about it.
From the Hardcover edition.
"Simply put, the leftist labor unions have the Democrats in their pockets. And we're all paying the price."
Linda Chavez, President George W. Bush's original choice for Secretary of Labor and a former union official, is one of the foremost authorities on America's labor unions. Now, in the explosive new book Betrayal, she and fellow union expert Daniel Gray expose the corrupt bargain between the labor movement and the Democratic Party.
Committed to a far-left political agenda—and to enhancing their own power—union bosses funnel at least half a billion dollars into Democratic coffers every year. And they do it, illegally, by using dues money that workers are forced to pay as a condition of their employment—dues money that each year brings the unions $17 billion, all of it tax-free.
What do labor bosses get in return? The power to call the shots in Democratic campaigns and on party policy, extraordinary influence at all levels of government, billions of dollars in taxpayer-funded federal grants, and special legal privileges that leave them free to act as they please, no matter the consequences for the American people. The cycle of corruption is seemingly endless.
Chavez and Gray name names, exposing the many politicians who are in Big Labor's pocket—including the leading lights of the Democratic Party. Betrayal also reveals:
• Big Labor's all-out efforts in the 2004 election, including how just one local union has launched a $35-million campaign to unseat President Bush
• How corrupt union officials use members' hard-earned money to fund lavish lifestyles—and how their Democratic supporters let them get away with it
• How unions flout the law by failing to report any of their political spending to the IRS
• How a government report uncovered the Democrats' sellout to Big Labor—but how the unions and the Democrats sued to keep the report from going public
• How the U.S. government lets unions practice legalized terrorism against American citizens
• How public-employee unions extort concessions from the government and put Americans at risk by refusing to provide vital services like policing and firefighting
• How Americans now live under a system of legal apartheid—one set of rules for labor bosses, another for the rest of us
All of us foot the bill for this corrupt system. Now it's up to us to do something about it.
From the Hardcover edition.
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    For Sale: The Democratic Party, the American Worker, and the United States Government

    Imagine you pick up your newspaper one morning and read that the Republican Party has given control of George W. Bush's reelection campaign to Halliburton, the oil and gas company that has taken on the specter of Darth Vader--like evil to the American Left. It turns out that Halliburton is spending millions of corporate dollars--none of it collected from voluntary contributions--to finance ads and grassroots activity for the Republicans. Halliburton employees also dominate the Bush campaign staff; they are on loan as full-time "volunteers," though they continue to draw their Halliburton salaries. In exchange for the huge amounts of money and other support Halliburton is providing, the president and his staff meet with Halliburton executives to coordinate the message for the reelection campaign. More important, the GOP has granted Big Oil veto power over the Republican platform, refusing to formalize the party's public policy positions and campaign strategies until Halliburton and other oil-company donors have given their approval.

    No doubt the nation would erupt in a furor if such an arrangement were revealed--and justifiably so. Armies of reporters would go to work investigating every iota of evidence of the ties between Republicans and their fat-cat patrons in corporate America, with each revelation a front-page story, the lead item on the evening news, and the subject of round-the-clock coverage on the cable news channels. Indignant politicians would call for congressional hearings, a special prosecutor, perhaps even the president's impeachment. Whatever formal steps the government took, the media circus and the outrage over the revelations would ensure that the Bush presidency was over in everything but name. . . .

    Amazingly, such a scenario actually played out pretty much as described--except the president running for reelection was not a Republican but a Democrat, and the powerful group pulling the strings in the campaign was not Big Oil but Big Labor.

    Even more shocking, the national media and the political establishment barely reacted to the revelation that America's union bosses had systematically bought their way into control of the Democratic Party. There were no calls for congressional hearings, no outrage, no intensive media campaign.

    Welcome to the world of modern American politics. Simply put, the leftist labor unions have the Democrats in their pockets. And as a result they wield extraordinary political power at all levels of government--federal, state, and local. Big Labor has corrupted not only the electoral process but also our system of governing. And we're all paying the price.

    The Corrupt Bargain

    By now most people simply take it for granted that the labor unions are active in Democratic politics. But unions are no longer labor organizations that dabble in politics; labor bosses have so radically shifted their approach in recent years that unions have become political organizations that deal only incidentally with workplace issues.

    Union leaders have never been less effective in their founding purpose: to represent their members to employers. And they have never been more effective in--and dedicated to--their tacit goal of subverting the American political system to their own ends. Few people realize the extent of the unions' political activity or influence. While it has been said that unions are an adjunct of the Democratic Party, now it is more accurate to say that the Democratic Party has become a wholly owned subsidiary of Big Labor.

    The American labor movement provides Democratic candidates and the...
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  • AudioFile Magazine Calling the Democratic National Party a "subsidiary" of unions, Chavez is prepared to take no prisoners. Appalled at the amount of financial and other support given by unions to Democratic candidates, she leaves no doubt as to her antipathy toward union bosses and what she considers their inappropriate access to governmental officials. Theresa Long narrates clearly and smoothly without letting the invective of the text take over. Although the book's themes are set out repeatedly, Long is able to keep the narration moving forward. She brings a sense of evenhandedness to this otherwise partisan and strident book. J.E.M. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine
  • Publisher's Weekly

    June 7, 2004
    America's labor unions pour money into the Democratic Party in pursuit of a "socialist," big government political agenda and have abandoned their mission of collective bargaining, contend Fox pundit Chavez (An Unlikely Conservative
    ) and Gray, a consultant for Stop Union Political Abuse. What makes this worse than corporate bosses funding Republicans, they note, is that labor's pelf comes from the "forced dues" of workers who don't individually consent to union political donations. Chavez, a former union official and Bush labor secretary nominee, and Gray, a former National Right to Work Committee official, make some charges stick. They show that unions do give a lot of money to, and wield a lot of clout with, Democrats, with the usual problems of corruption and favoritism that big money special-interest politics entails. But by the authors' own accounting, unions spend less than 5% of their money on politics—a percentage that, they concede, workers can get refunded from their dues, albeit with some difficulty. And when Chavez and Gray show unions sticking to winning better pay, better benefits and lighter workloads for their members, they damn them for bankrupting companies and driving jobs abroad. At that point, the book's critique of unions' excesses shades into a one-sided attack on their very existence. Agent, Eric Simonoff.

  • Sean Hannity "Exposes how Democratic politicians have sold out to Big Labor. . . A must-read for anyone concerned about higher taxes, bigger government, and a far-left social agenda."
  • John J. Miller, National Review "There probably isn't a better book available on how unions corrupt politics."
  • Wall Street Journal "Meticulously documents how the NEA and many other labor unions . . . have constructed political organizations tied directly to the Democratic Party. . . . Proponents of campaign finance reform like to claim that the recent McCain-Feingold law got the 'big money' out of politics. Well, some of the big money never left, as Ms. Chavez and Mr. Gray show so vividly."
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