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On this Labor Day, things are looking blue for Big Labor.
In the 2008 elections, labor unions supported Democratic candidates in a big way - to the tune of $400 million, in fact. And few benefited more from union largesse than Barack Obama - the powerful Service Employees International Union (SEIU) alone contributed millions to Team Hope and gave of sweat and time as well. On Oct. 27, 2008, the SEIU bragged publicly:
Barack Obama on the night before he was elected president told an Illinois union leader that his aide Valerie Jarrett was interested in the Illinois Senate seat he was vacating, jurors in the corruption trial of ex-Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich were told Tuesday.
Gerald W. McEntee, president of one of the nation's largest unions, said the labor movement was damaged when the FBI linked a competing union to Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich's effort to sell Illinois' U.S. Senate seat and it hurts labor's push to pass the Employee Free Choice Act, unions' big legislative priority.
Outside money is pouring into one Democratic congressional primary in Maryland where longtime Rep. Albert R. Wynn is trying to fend off a challenger who nearly ousted him two years ago.