Manufacturing Outrage

Astroturf campaign targets fast food restaurants
Demonstrators protest outside of a Boston McDonalds / AP

Hundreds of demonstrators at fast food restaurants around the country alleging that restaurant managers regularly steal employee wages are actually astroturfed protesters agitating in favor of a higher minimum wage, critics said.

None of the Top 10 Biggest Political Donors are Republican

DNC

The Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) released its list of top all-time donors. It totaled contributions from 1989 to 2012 from PACs and individuals affiliated with the heavy hitter organizations.

CRP designated each of the heavy hitters as Democrat, Republican, or “on the fence,” meaning between 40 and 59 percent was donated to each party. In some cases, percentages did not add up to 100 due to third party donations.

A Reluctant Union Member Fights Back

Feature: A mother caring for her daughter fights against forced unionization
AP

Susie Watts has paid Service Employees International Union (SEIU) more than $5,000 over the past eight years for representation she never asked for and does not need.

Pro-Union Types Complaining About Money in Politics? Priceless

Charles P. Pierce in his natural habitat (Wikipedia)

The four-eyed, multi-chinned, monomaniacal hack-in-residence at the glorified lad mag Esquire is really upset about a Supreme Court case he doesn’t quite seem to understand. (If you’re interested in the details of the case—which revolves around a woman who doesn’t belong to a union being forced to pay dues to it in order to get money from the state to care for her severely disabled son—check out Bill McMorris’s piece.) Charles P. Pierce, you see, is super-duper concerned about money in politics! Special interest groups have used their bucks to get money diverted into their pockets! Rabble rabble rabble!

Pierce invokes the dread phrase of our day, Koch Brothers. The evil Kochs, with all their money, buying up politicians left and right. If only there was some sort of counterbalance to them, some sort of left wing agitators using their deep pockets to divert the public funds into their pockets. If only … what? Public sector unions? What about them? What do they have to do with money in politics?

Meet the Plaintiff

Mother caring for disabled son seeks rollback of forced unionization
Supreme Court

A 55-year-old woman who earns less than minimum wage caring for her disabled son could unravel decades of labor law and strike a blow against one of the most powerful political lobbies in the nation.

Supreme Court to Hear Case on Forced Unionization

At question is law requiring home healthcare workers to pay SEIU dues
AP

The Supreme Court will hear arguments about forced unionization among government workers on Tuesday in a case that could greatly curtail powerful labor groups.

Union Activists Sign on to Pro-Minimum-Wage-Hike Bill

Many unions would benefit from bump to the minimum wage
President Barack Obama, AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka / AP

A letter supporting a minimum wage hike being circulated by the George Soros-funded Economic Policy Institute that purports to represent the views of leading academics has been signed by a number of economists who work for labor unions and leftwing special interest groups.