Outsourcing Even a Democrat Can Like

Democrats, as a group, aren’t known as fans of outsourcing, but I’ve found at least one instance where they appear to embrace the practice.

Combing through 2012 Year-End Reports filed at the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board, I found a few curious entries in the filing of the DFL House Caucus.

The DFL House Caucus is the Democrat political party entity that coordinates the election efforts for the 134 seats in the state House of Representatives.  For 2012, House Democrats reported receiving a total of $189,036.51 of “in-kind” contributions.

The American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) donated $13,350.20, mostly in “staff and mileage” costs.  The Education Minnesota teachers union donated $63,394.51 in “staff time.”  Taking the top spot, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) donated $108,593.99 in “staff expense” to the House Democrats.

The House Democrats’ Republican counterparts—the HRCC—show only $7,230.63 of “in-kind” contributions.  Of that amount, $6,880 is attributed to “fundraising event” costs.

It’s bad enough that Democrats in Minnesota are so dependent on union cash for financing their election efforts.  Once elected, House Democrats must vote on public employee union contracts and appropriate funds to pay for government employees’ salaries and benefits.  How likely is it that elected Democrats would defy union demands, when Democrats are dependent on unions to staff their campaigns?

Cross-posted and comments welcome at Bill Glahn.