ATR, AWF demand probe of SEIU’s Stern for illegal lobbying

Ed Morrisey emailed to let me know about this story. This is huge and well done.

At 9 am ET today, Americans for Tax Reform and the Alliance for Worker Freedom will deliver a letter to both chambers of Congress and to US Attorney Channing Phillips in Washington DC, demanding a federal investigation of Andrew Stern, president of the SEIU. They will claim that Stern, who stopped registering as a federal lobbyist in 2007, has continued his lobbying efforts. They claim to have compiled evidence of Stern’s lobbying from the recently released White House visitor logs, media reports — and Stern’s own Twitter feed, in what has to be a first for the social networking service.

The organizations make out a strong case that Andy Stern is still lobbying and is in violation of federal law.

In seven months, Stern visited the White House 22 times, or more than once every two weeks.

With a pretty loose definition of what a lobbyist is, Stern most likely would be considered one. The problem, of course, is that we’re asking the Obama Justice Department to do the investigating.Nonetheless, this is well done.