Obama Sends Feds to Harass Arizona Poll Watchers at SEIU’s Request

Obama Sends Feds to Harass Arizona Poll Watchers at SEIU’s Request

Posted on November 1, 2010 by Ben Johnson

As part of its traditional Friday news dump, the Obama administration announced the Justice Department will be sending “400 federal observers to 30 jurisdictions in 18 states” to oversee the midterm elections. Unfortunately, the feds will not attempt to keep illegal immigrants or fraudulent voters from casting a ballot; instead, they will harass poll watchers who try to assure everyone admitted to the polls is properly registered. Moreover, Obama is dispatching the observers at the specific request of the Hispanic political arm of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

The federal locusts who will descend upon America’s fields of suffrage will include 85 lawyers (“monitors”) and an additional 335 “observers” who will watch local officials “for a variety of potential infractions ranging from voter intimidation or coercion targeting voters because of their race, color, national origin, religion or language skills.”

That’s right; the monitors will make sure local election workers do not unduly burden would-be voters by asking for identification too often, or challenging the voting status of any one ethnic group more than any other. The action will bludgeon poll watchers into submission and ease the process for any illegal alien or fraudulent voter to cast a ballot.

CNN notes a number of DoJ attorneys have been assigned to Maricopa County, Arizona, the home of Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Curiously, the announcement came one day after the Justice Department received a plea from an organization called Mi Familia Vota (MFV) for the feds to send agents to Maricopa County. (Others claim the Obama administration had decided to send agents to the area long before receiving the letter. The request simply provides the department with an additional level of local, “grassroots” cover.)

Eric Holder will undoubtedly try to portray his action as a response to a complaint from a civil rights organization. Nothing could be further from the truth. Mi Familia Vota is merely the political arm of the labor union closest to the president.


Mi Familia Vota is a wholly dependent project of the SEIU. Hunter Cantor has listed the “two” organizations’ undeniable connections: both are headquartered at the same physical location, and MFV’s website is owned and operated by SEIU. A 2004 SEIU report entitled Anatomy of an Election Strategy: The Facts on SEIU’s Role in Bringing Home a Victory for America’s Working Families noted the union uses MFV and another group called American Families United as tools to “shape the outcome of presidential election.”

To remove all doubt, MFV’s personnel is drawn from SEIU’s ranks. Mi Familia Vota’s executive director, Ben Monterroso, has worked for SEIU for more than 20 years, including a stint as “special assistant to SEIU’s executive Vice President Eliseo Medina as director of the Civic Participation Project aimed at increasing the political participation of immigrants.”

MFV’s treasurer is none other than Eliseo Medina. In addition to serving as SEIU’s International Secretary-Treasurer and honorary chair of the Democratic Socialists of America, Medina was also a member of Barack Obama’s National Latino Advisory Committee.

It’s odd; it’s as if Mi Familia Vota and SEIU were one and the same entity.

MFV states its purpose is to “build power in Latino, immigrant and allied communities, and to ensure social and economic justice through increased civic engagement.” Stripped of its euphemisms, that means it intends to register as many people of Hispanic origin as possible and convince them to vote for socialism (sorry, “social and economic justice”).

To that end, MFV has submitted thousands of disputed, last minute voter registrations in Colorado and Arizona.

Eliseo Medina described the process last summer. Medina told a far-Left conference if liberals “reform the immigration laws – it puts 12 million people on the path to citizenship and eventually voters. Can you imagine if you had even the same ratio, two out of three, if we get eight million new voters that care about our issue and will be voting, we will create a governing coalition for the long-term, not just for an election cycle.”

It would mean, in other words, the fundamental transformation of America.

Illegal Immigrants Allied with SEIU

Similar efforts are underway across the country. SEIU is spending $10 million to mobilize Latinos in California, alone, and much more nationwide, because the union believes “40 Competitive Races in 12 States Could Hinge on Latino Voter Turnout.” Altogether, SEIU and the AFL-CIO have pledged $88 million to the 2010 midterm elections.

Similarly, an organization called OneAmerica Votes is using illegal immigrants to canvass the state of Washington on behalf of Democrats. OV hosted a “New Americans Ballot Initiative Party,” where the group offered “Free food, music and other entertainment” to its often impoverished attendees before “educating” them about how to vote, then voting early en masse.

OneAmerica Votes, which was formerly known as “Hate Free Zone,” is financed by George Soros’ Open Society Institute, the Tides Foundation, Planned Parenthood, and (wait for it) SEIU.

OneAmerica boasts that it has received the “Community Strength Partner, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare 775 NW.”

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