Holder Condemns Bribery But What About Sestak?

Holder/Obama photoEven as Attorney General Eric Holder has defanged the Public Integrity section of the Justice Department, and snuffed out prosecutions of members of Congress, he claimed today in Paris that “combating corruption is one of the highest priorities of the Department of Justice.”

Ironically, Holder’s remarks were delivered in support of international efforts to combat bribery. Holder bragged:

U.S. law enforcement has pursued bribe payers of all stripes: large corporations and small companies; powerful CEOs and low-level sales agents; U.S. companies and foreign issuers; citizens and foreign nationals; direct payers and intermediaries.

If Holder can go after “low-level sales agents,” surely he can see the legal and moral imperative of probing White House staff members and a former President who sought to get Rep. Joseph Sestak (D-PA) to drop his primary challenge to Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA) in return for a high administration position.

Of course, it was Sestak himself …

Employee Free Choice Act Is Coercive Even Without Card Check

Miller and Harkin support EFCAThe Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), as Union Corruption Update has noted repeatedly, is a misnamed piece of federal legislation. Its sole ulterior purpose is an expansion of union power at the expense of dissenting employees and employers. And despite the fact that supporters appear willing to strip the measure of its highly controversial “card check” component, the bill (H.R. 1409, S. 560) remains coercive in intent. That’s because its less-heralded binding arbitration provision remains. And arbitration, as supporters envision things, would authorize the federal government to write (or rewrite) employment contracts from scratch. Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., and Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, are the bill’s leading advocates in Congress. They and Democratic allies are determined to deliver the goods for organized labor in this, an eleventh-hour push. 

“Card check” is a practice that unions have employed for decades as a way of gauging support from nonunion workers for …