WASHINGTON--The Service Employees International Union announced Wednesday it will endorse President Barack Obama in 2012--an early, but entirely expected endorsement from a union bankrolling Democratic-allied SuperPacs.
The endorsement comes before the Republicans even have a nominee, but at least there is no charade about where they stand.
"President Obama shares our vision of a nation that invests in good jobs here at home; where everyone pays their fair share; where access to quality, affordable health care is preserved; and where there is a pathway to citizenship for every immigrant worker," said SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry. "It's a vision that says: Our country does better when we all do better."
The SEIU runs a big political operation to help candidates directly and indirectly. Obama's team will get the help of SEIU controlled phone banks, canvassing and related ground activities.
SEIU is a major SuperPac player. The union gave $500,000 to Priorities USA Action, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. That's the group founded by formerdeputy White House press secretary Bill Burton and former White House aid Sean Sweeney, who worked for Rahm Emanuel when he was chief of staff.
The SEIU gave $100,00 to American Bridge 21st Century run Rodell Mollineau, a former spokesman forSenate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).