The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) spent more than $683,000 lobbying Congress during the fourth-quarter. According to the Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives, much of this was spent lobbying on behalf of immigration reform, health care, and labor laws.
The $683,000 figure is more than double the amount the union spent on Congressional lobbying during the third quarter and represents how desperately the SEIU wishes Congress to act on its core issues -- comprehensive amnesty being one of the most important issues.
The SEIU has more than 2 million members recently helped to organize the "March for America" pro-amnesty protest on the National Mall.
To put the SEIU's spending into prospective, Intel (with assets of $53 billion) spent more than $1 million, Hewlett-Packard (with revenues of $114 billion in 2009) spent $710,000, and Dublin, Ireland-based consulting firm Accenture (with assets of $12 billion) spent $730,000 on Congressional lobbying during the 4th quarter. All three of these companies stated that immigration reform was one of their prime objectives.
Click here to read more about the SEIU's lobbying efforts.
Updated: Tue, Mar 30th 2010 @ 12:01pm EDT