Robert Menendez, head of the DSCC, released a memo celebrating Blanche Lincoln’s victory over “powerful special interests in Washington DC,” the labor unions. The AFL-CIO’s Eddie Vale responds:

The tens of thousands members of the Arkansas AFL-CIO are certainly not a DC special interest.  They poured their hearts and souls into supporting a candidate who had the courage to stand up for the issues they believed in. They are not a DC interest, they are the only interest we fight for and if candidates want their support in elections they better fight for them too.

Bill Clinton, “Anonymous Senior White House Aide,” Chuck Schumer and now Menendez?  This is no coincidence.  Looks like the Democratic establishment is going to triangulate against labor now.  Unlike their bullshit claims about “standing up to Wall Street,” at least this one is from the heart.

Well, if Robert Menendez thinks the money that went to Halter was tainted, why is he taking it himself?  If it’s coming from a “DC Special Interest Group,” he should give it back.  He’s certainly taken enough of it:

Organization Date Amount
AFL-CIO COPE POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS COMMITTEE 06/29/2009 10000.00
AFL-CIO COPE POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS COMMITTEE 06/29/2009 10000.00
AIR LINE PILOTS ASSOCIATION PAC 06/19/2009 2500.00
AMALGAMATED TRANSIT UNION-COPE 05/05/2009 5000.00
AMALGAMATED TRANSIT UNION-COPE 01/29/2010 5000.00
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVT. EMPL. PAC 01/08/2009 15000.00
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVT. EMPL. PAC 12/01/2009 -5000.00
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVT. EMPL. PAC 01/08/2010 15000.00
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF STATE COUNTY & MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES P E O P L E 01/15/2009 15000.00
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF STATE COUNTY & MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES P E O P L E 06/01/2009 15000.00
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, AFL-CIO COMMITTEE ON POLITICAL EDUCATION 02/06/2009 15000.00
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, AFL-CIO COMMITTEE ON POLITICAL EDUCATION 06/04/2009 15000.00
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, AFL-CIO COMMITTEE ON POLITICAL EDUCATION 01/13/2010 15000.00
BROTHERHOOD OF RAILROAD SIGNALMEN PAC 07/22/2009 1000.00
INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIREFIGHTERS INTERESTED IN REGISTRATION AND EDUCATION PAC 12/10/2009 15000.00
INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIREFIGHTERS INTERESTED IN REGISTRATION AND EDUCATION PAC 02/22/2010 15000.00
INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF ELECTRICAL WORKERS PAC 01/07/2009 15000.00
INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF ELECTRICAL WORKERS PAC 01/14/2010 15000.00
INTERNATIONAL UNION OF OPERATING ENGINEERS – LOCAL 101 PAC 03/11/2009 15000.00
INTL UNION OF BRICKLAYERS & ALLIED CRAFTWORKERS PAC 10/01/2009 1500.00
MACHINISTS NON PARTISAN POL LEAGUE OF THE INT’L ASSN OF MACHINISTS & AEROSPACE WORKERS 01/13/2009 15000.00
MACHINISTS NON PARTISAN POL LEAGUE OF THE INT’L ASSN OF MACHINISTS & AEROSPACE WORKERS 07/30/2009 15000.00
NATIONAL ACTIVE AND RETIRED FEDERAL EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION PAC (NARFE-PAC) 03/12/2009 15000.00
NATIONAL ACTIVE AND RETIRED FEDERAL EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION PAC (NARFE-PAC) 01/20/2010 15000.00
NATIONAL AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS ASSOCIATION PAC 01/08/2009 15000.00
NATIONAL AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS ASSOCIATION PAC 03/16/2010 15000.00
NATIONAL RURAL LETTER CARRIERS’ ASSOCIATION PAC 09/22/2009 5000.00
NATIONAL RURAL LETTER CARRIERS’ ASSOCIATION PAC 01/11/2010 15000.00
OFFICE AND PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION – VOICE OF THE ELECTORATE 01/22/2009 15000.00
SEAFARERS POLITICAL ACTIVITY DONATION – SEAFARERS INTERNATIONAL UNION OF NA-AGLIWD/NMU 03/26/2009 15000.00
SEIU COPE (SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION COMMITTEE ON POLITICAL EDUCATION) 02/06/2009 15000.00
SHEET METAL WORKERS’ INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION POLITICAL ACTION LEAGUE 01/08/2009 15000.00
SHEET METAL WORKERS’ INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION POLITICAL ACTION LEAGUE 05/21/2009 5000.00
SHEET METAL WORKERS’ INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION POLITICAL ACTION LEAGUE 01/05/2010 15000.00
TRANSPORT WORKERS UNION POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS COMMITTEE 02/24/2009 15000.00
TRANSPORT WORKERS UNION POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS COMMITTEE 02/01/2010 15000.00
UAW – V – CAP (UAW VOLUNTARY COMMUNITY ACTION PROGRAM) 03/23/2009 15000.00
UNITED FOOD & COMMERCIAL WORKERS INTERNATIONAL UNION, ACTIVE BALLOT CLUB 03/09/2009 15000.00
UNITED FOOD & COMMERCIAL WORKERS INTERNATIONAL UNION, ACTIVE BALLOT CLUB 06/10/2009 15000.00
UNITED MINE WORKERS OF AMERICA – COAL MINERS PAC 02/23/2009 15000.00

That’s $490,000, Bob. The DSCC spent $90,000 on Lincoln’s behalf.  Would you have had it to fling around on anti-union Democrats had those “DC special interests” not donated it in the first place?

Unless the DSCC is kowtowing to the “special interests” you decry in the Halter race,  you should return their money, don’t you think? Because otherwise, you’ve just acknowledged you’re a pack of crooks laundering “special interest” money for every Democratic Senator running this year.

Come on, Bob.  Show the courage that you admire so much in Blanche Lincoln and “stand up” to those special interests.

Start cutting those checks.