Service Employees International Union

Service Employees International Union has reported spending a total of $9,478,942 on independent campaigning through October 2010, with 100% benefiting Democratic candidates. Back to group list.

SEIU is one of the largest unions in the United States with 2.2 million members in three industries: health, government and property services. The union, which split from the AFL-CIO labor federation in 2005, has been one of the most aggressive politically and has a distinctive style of electioneering, running mostly positive ads and using small donations from its members instead of general treasury funds to fund its political operation. It has the largest federal political action committee (PAC) in the country.

Race Week before election Two weeks before election Three weeks before election 2010 Total
Arkansas Senate
Opposing Blanche Lincoln (D)
Supporting Bill Halter (D)
$0 $0 $0 $3,068,123
Massachusetts Senate
Opposing Scott P. Brown (R)
Supporting Martha Coakley (D)
$0 $0 $0 $759,250
Ohio's 16th district
Opposing James B. Renacci (R)
Supporting John A. Boccieri (D)
$24,700 $12,350 $35,737 $644,949
Illinois's 17th district
Opposing Bobby Schilling (R)
Supporting Phil Hare (D)
$26,000 $81,000 $405,850 $512,850
Virginia's 5th district
Opposing Robert Hurt (R)
Supporting Tom Perriello (D)
$32,500 $33,761 $323,340 $467,587
Michigan's 7th district
Opposing Tim Walberg (R)
Supporting Mark Schauer (D)
$16,000 $0 $85,257 $437,567
Nevada's 3rd district
Opposing Joe Heck (R)
Supporting Dina Titus (D)
$84,271 $24,000 $20,000 $412,488
Pennsylvania's 8th district
Opposing Michael G. Fitzpatrick (R)
$0 $0 $325,189 $325,189
Massachusetts's 9th district
Supporting Macdonald King D'Alessandro (D)
$0 $0 $0 $249,898
New York's 19th district
Supporting John Hall (D)
$0 $0 $248,845 $248,845
Florida Senate
Opposing Jeff Greene (D)
Supporting Kendrick B. Meek (D)
$0 $0 $0 $227,436
Nevada Senate
Opposing Sharron E. Angle (R)
$0 $225,000 $0 $225,000
Pennsylvania's 12th district
Opposing Tim Burns (R)
$0 $0 $0 $200,000
Massachusetts's 10th district
Opposing Jeff Perry (R)
$65,640 $99,000 $33,000 $197,640
Ohio's 13th district
Opposing Tom Ganley (R)
$0 $0 $0 $196,889
New Hampshire Senate
Supporting Paul W. Hodes (D)
$31,700 $165,068 $0 $196,768
Colorado's 4th district
Supporting Betsy Markey (D)
$0 $0 $0 $194,561
Indiana's 9th district
Opposing Todd Young (R)
$0 $177,656 $0 $177,656
Florida's 25th district
Opposing David Rivera (R)
Supporting Joe Garcia (D)
$66,000 $94,064 $0 $160,064
Louisiana's 2nd district
Supporting Cedric L. Richmond (D)
$0 $0 $124,950 $124,950
New York's 1st district
Supporting Timothy H. Bishop (D)
$0 $0 $98,845 $98,845
Missouri Senate
Opposing Roy Blunt (R)
Supporting Robin Carnahan (D)
$5,971 $9,942 $5,000 $83,713
Arizona's 7th district
Supporting Raul M. Grijalva (D)
$10,000 $55,500 $0 $65,500
Colorado Senate
Supporting Michael F. Bennet (D)
$0 $0 $0 $50,000
Pennsylvania's 3rd district
Supporting Kathleen Dahlkemper (D)
$0 $0 $0 $42,787
North Dakota's 1st district
Supporting Earl Pomeroy (D)
$0 $0 $0 $33,368
California's 44th district
Supporting Bill Hedrick (D)
$0 $31,088 $0 $31,088
Rhode Island's 1st district
Opposing John J. Loughlin II (R)
Supporting David N. Cicilline (D)
$0 $24,730 $0 $24,730
New Hampshire's 1st district
Supporting Carol Shea-Porter (D)
$12,380 $0 $0 $12,380
New Hampshire's 2nd district
Supporting Ann Mclane Kuster (D)
$8,820 $0 $0 $8,820
SOURCES: Federal Election Commission filings; Washington Post research

NOTE: Totals represent spending in calendar year 2010 and will change as new filings are made or information is amended. Data includes "electioneering communication" and electronically-filed "independent expenditure" spending reported to the Federal Election Commission. Spending on "issue ads" targeting candidates will not be included if it is more than 30 days before a primary or more than 60 days before the general election. "Weeks on list" shows the total number of weeks that a group or race has been in the top ten throughout the year.

By T.W. Farnam and Nathaniel Vaughn Kelso -- The Washington Post