• Federal Election Commission (FEC) staff issued an audit report questioning more than $14.4 million worth of “independent expenditures” by the SEIU during the 2008 presidential campaign. The audit report concluded that SEI’s reporting of campaign spending did not violate FEC disclosure rules, but raised concerns whether detailed accounting of the ultimate recipients of the SEIU spending should be required by campaign finance rules. FEC commissioners will discuss the draft audit report at its next commission meeting.
  • Walter R. Mabry, the former head of the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters, pleaded guilty to racketeering by taking kickbacks. Mabry admitted to accepting between $10,000 and $51,000 in hotel and entertainment expenses from the union’s consultant and the investment manager.
  • The Independent Review Board (IRB), a court appointed panel charged with enforcing anti-corruption rules within the Teamsters, has recommended that Los Angeles-based Teamsters Local 630 be placed under the control of a trustee, and that embezzlement charges be filed against its secretary-treasurer and two other local officials.