Challenger West links ACORN and SEIU, says Klein should give back union moneyby George Bennett | September 21st, 2009
Republican congressional challenger Allen West applauded U.S. Rep. Ron Klein, D-Boca Raton, for voting last week to cut off federal money to scandal-tainted ACORN.
But West says Klein’s a hypocrite if he doesn’t return $20,000 in past campaign contributions from the Service Employees International Union, which conservatives say is joined at the hip with the left-leaning Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.
Klein rejected West’s call to give back the $10,000 he got from SEIU in 2006 and $10,000 he received from the union in 2008. Klein “is proud to stand with the hard-working SEIU families of the 22nd District, who have nothing to do with ACORN,” spokeswoman Melissa Silverman said today.
Check out West’s campaign statement and Klein’s response after the jump…..
From Republican Allen West’s campaign: Republican Congressional candidate Allen West called on Congressman Ron Klein to return all campaign contributions Klein has received from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in the wake of recent allegations about ACORN and Klein’s recent vote in Congress to stop Federal funding of ACORN:
“While it was admirable that Congressman Ron Klein voted against taxpayer funding to ACORN last Thursday, Klein’s history of campaign contributions reveals some disturbing news. In the past two election cycles of 2006 and 2008 Ron Klein accepted $20K of campaign contributions from SEIU (Service Employee International Union).
SEIU is directly involved with ACORN. SEIU’s President sits on the ACORN Board of Directors. SEIU gave ACORN and its affiliates more than $4 million in 2006-7 according to ACORN’s own Department of Labor filings.
Ron Klein is nothing more than a hypocrite for his vote not to fund ACORN if he does not also break ties with ACORN’s largest union supporter. It is evident that SEIU is a large contributor to Klein.
I call upon Ron Klein to publicly explain his acceptance of these funds and if he wishes to restore any sense of integrity and character, return the $20K to SEIU.”Response from U.S. Rep. Ron Klein’s spokeswoman Melissa Silverman:
“If anything, the facts pointed out by Mr. West serve only to prove once again that Congressman Klein is fiercely independent and weighs every single vote he takes on its merits. Congressman Klein is proud to stand with the hard-working SEIU families of the 22nd District, who have nothing to do with ACORN. These families go to work every day trying to build a better life for their children and our community, and they are more concerned about how to fix health care than about the actions of a community group that they do not belong to.
If political opponents are trying to make some noise by asking the Congressman to turn his back on these families, the answer will be no. As quoted in The Palm Beach Post this morning, Congressman Klein has clearly stated that he will not support federal funding for ACORN until they respond to this ‘wake-up call’ and fix the problems that they are facing as an organization.”