Former Washington State Republican Party Chair Lobbies for SEIU

With the news that former Washington State Republican Party Chairman Luke Esser has decided to work as a lobbyist for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), I thought the below chart might serve as a good reminder of how the SEIU was the largest contributor to the 2010 effort to establish a state income tax in Washington. The SEIU and its affiliates spent nearly $2.6 million advocating the state income tax, comprising 40 percent of all funding for “Yes on 1098.”

Thankfully, with the financial support of thousands of Washingtonians who knew the income tax would be a disaster for the state, voters rejected Initiative 1098 by 28 points. It’s hard to imagine a GOP chair working to advance the views of a union that wants more government spending, more government employees and greater control over all of the levers of power in Olympia.

Erik Smith at the Washington State Wire and Bryan Myrick at Red County both have stories about Esser’s alliance with the SEIU.

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