Before working for the Freedom Foundation, Samuel spent some time working for the Washington State Legislature. He worked for offices on both sides of the aisle but was known for his calm demeanor and interest in individual liberty.
Samuel graduated from Central Washington University with a double major in Political Science and Public Policy. In his free time he enjoys exploring the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, working on computers, and exploring local breweries.
This has been a record week for the Freedom Foundation in California as more than 400 public employees submitted opt-out forms to our Post Office box and through our website. Over the past few weeks, public employees across California have received multiple e-mails, mailers and phone calls informing them of the depths of their unions’ political spending during recent elections.
Once again, California’s elected liberals have shown us it has one set of rules for the commoners and another for those who live off their tax dollars.
While the lockdowns and rights-destroying regulations imposed in response to COVID-19 are apparently doing little to curb the spread of the virus, they’ve proved devastatingly effective when you understand the true motivations of the politicians, bureaucrats and union string-pullers charged with their enforcement — endowing them with powers they could never have attained through normal democratic means.
Union leaders would love for you to believe they only use voluntary contributions for electioneering, not member dues. But like so much of what comes out of their mouths, it’s a boldfaced lie — and an easily disproved one at that.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom has once again violated the public trust by demonstrating he believes he’s above the very same COVID-19 safety guidelines he single-handedly created and imposed on the rest of us.
In a recent article posted on the Sacramento Bee’s website, the Freedom Foundation’s mission was validated by a report showing an increase in opt-outs during the COVID-19 pandemic among most state workers’ unions.
Collectively, the perfect mix of status quo and labor-friendly politicians should make California a union organizer’s dream.
It’s been a strange year, and 2020 continues to throw new surprises our way every single day.
It’s no secret that the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is one of the largest donors to liberal political candidates and causes in California.