[Marxism] GOP NLBRer Leaks Info to Romney and Anti-Union Groups
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Mon Mar 26 16:42:29 MDT 2012
this from Michael Moore:
GOP NLRB Member Passed Sensitive Information to Romney Campaign
By Mike Elk
Crossposted from the In These Times Working blog
Earlier this month, Congressman George Miller (D-Calif.), the top
Democrat on the House Education and Workforce Committee, complained
that House GOP members were blocking the release of a National Labor
Board Relations Inspector General’s report. The report, which Miller’s
office was eventually able to obtain and release late Friday, shows
that GOP NLRB Member Terrence Flynn broke ethic rules by trading
private NLRB case information for personal gain to anti-union law
firms when he worked as chief counsel to GOP NLRB Member Brian Hayes
during the 2010-2011 period. (President Obama appointed Flynn to the
NLRB in January.)
The report found that Flynn funneled sensitive information to Mitt
Romney’s labor policy co-chair—former GOP NLRB member Peter Schaumber,
who left the independent federal agency 2010—to be used in political
attacks on the Board. And it recommends the Department of Justice
investigate his actions.
"Given Mr. Flynn's position as a chief counsel and his years of
service, he knew, or should have known, that he had a duty to maintain
the confidence of the information that he received in the performance
of his official duties," the report states. According to the Inspector
General’s report, Flynn passed on “lead case lists, pre-decisional
votes and positions of the members, the identity of counsel assigned
to a case, the status of cases, the researching issues in cases, the
deliberation of the former Chairman in [a case], the desire of two
members to press forward in [a case], and the analysis of the Board’s
resolution on” a proposed rule currently in the process of rulemaking.
Some of this information was used by Schaumber as part of a public
campaign against the NLRB. The Inspector General report states that
Flynn’s computer was used to edit a business plan for Peter
Schaumber’s law practice to be used when he left the NLRB in 2010 (it
doesn't assert that Flynn himself did this editing). The plan said
that Schaumber would develop a law practice “in part by leveraging my
Agency connections and focusing the attention of senior management on
the likely priorities of the Obama board and strategies to respond to
• On June 10, 2011, Flynn provided Schaumber with information for the
attorney representing the state of South Carolina to use in order to
intervene in the Boeing NLRB case on Boeing’s behalf.
• On July 28 of last year, Flynn helped provide Schaumber with
background information to be used in a public debate on the NLRB that
Schaumber was going to have to with former SEIU President Andy Stern.
• On August 30, Flynn helped Schaumber edit an article that would
later appear as a column in The National Review attacking the NLRB.
The report also says that he coached Schaumber on information about
the NLRB’s proceeding that he could use on a Fox News appearance.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka strongly condemned Flynn's behavior.
“Even for an agency that has at times been highly politicized, these
unethical practices are unprecedented and indefensible," Trumka said.
"NLRB member Flynn should resign immediately. The Department of
Justice should quickly investigate and bring criminal charges if
violations are found."
Trumka also called on Mitt Romney to fire Schaumber from his campaign.
“These findings also will be a test for candidate Romney. A key
advisor has been found to have used his inside connections in a way
that resulted in the violation of ethics rules. Allowing Schaumber to
remain as an advisor will speak volumes about candidate Romney and the
value he places on ethics in government officials. He should renounce
these violations and dismiss Schaumber.”
The NLRB Inspector General and Chairman Mark Pearce are not commenting
on the matter, NLRB Spokeswoman Nancy Cleeland said.
Through Cleeland, Flynn said in a statement:
I intend to fulfill my responsibilities as a Board member and continue
to work diligently and collaboratively with my valued colleagues in
carrying out the Agency’s mission. As to the Inspector General’s
report, I voluntarily cooperated fully with the investigation and
provided a detailed response that for unknown reasons was not included
or referenced in the summary apparently posted on the website of a
Democratic Member of Congress. I am troubled by the politicization of
this internal matter, in which I have committed no wrongdoing, and
feel that this manufactured controversy is emblematic of the
mean-spirited political theatrics that currently paralyze Washington
and deter individuals from public service.
"The inspector general’s report makes serious allegations that
Terrence Flynn engaged in ethical misconduct while an employee of the
National Labor Relations Board," said Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.),
chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee. "Any
allegation of misconduct by a public official must be reviewed."
Congressman Miller (D-Calif.) called on Attorney General Eric Holder
to investigate the matter.
“I have been deeply concerned about a number of developments over the
last year that have threatened to undermine the integrity of the
adjudication and rulemaking processes at the National Labor Relations
Board,” Miller wrote in a letter to Holder. “The Inspector General’s
findings about the conversations of sensitive government information
for private gain should not go without further scrutiny. In short,
such actions threaten the integrity of the Board’s most vital
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