Posted: February 13, 2020
Updated: April 2, 2020
Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is a labor union which represents health care, home care, nursing home, public service and building service workers in Wisconsin.
Less than a week before the February 18 Wisconsin State Supreme Court primary, it reported first spending $38,000 against incumbent Justice Daniel Kelly. Kelly faced two challengers in the primary, Marquette University law professor Ed Fallone and Dane County Circuit Court Judge Jill Karofsky. Fallone was eliminated in the primary.
A day after the primary the group reported spending an additional $75,000 on canvassing in opposition to Kelly. About five weeks before the election it reported spending nearly another $66,000.
Less than a week before the April 7th election the group reported spending nearly another $30,000 on brochures and staff costs.
Before 2018 the union made independent expenditures through its PAC. With the 2018 fall election it started using an unregistered independent expenditure group instead as such groups are held to looser reporting requirements and funding source restrictions than a PAC.
Last active election: 2019
This organization is an unregistered independent expenditure committee that is required to report any such spending done within 60 days of a primary or an election to the Wisconsin Ethics Commission per Chapter 11, Subchapter X of Wisconsin Statutes.