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Move over Teamsters and AFL-CIO, the Service Employees International Union has stockpiled a huge amount of political cash to spend in 2008. SEIU's Committee on Political Education finished the first half of this year with $23.9 million in the. bank, leaving it in unprecedented position to run extensive issue advertising, organize get out the vote efforts and make donations aimed at influencing the 2008 election. "We see this election as a monumental one and we are commited to doing everything we can to elect a pro-worker president not only for our members but for all workers," said Stephanie Mueller, an SEIU spokeswoman. The union credits a surge in voluntary contributions from its members. "It's a testament to the willingness of our members to keep contributing and getting involved in political activity," Mueller said.

SEIU's bankroll far outpaces the other big union political action committees. The Teamsters DRIVE committee, for example, finished the first half of the year with just $588,236 in cash on hand while the AFL-CIO's reported about $90,000.

-- John Solomon

Posted at 2:40 PM ET on Jul 25, 2007  | Category:  The Green Zone
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