Big Government broke the story on Gaspard’s big payout 

You may have seen Politico’s story today on White House political director Patrick Gaspard’s $37,000 payout in 2009 from the Service Employees’ International Union Local 1199. Gaspard, Politico reports, failed to disclose this severance package on his federal financial disclosure form.

You might wonder why the White House is suddenly moving to correct the record, over a year late. I would just note that the payout itself (not the failure to disclose) was reported two-and-a-half months ago by Kyle Olson at Big Government, complete with a link to the LM-2 union document that shows the payout.

I have no idea whether that blog post played any role in prompting Politico’s reporting or today’s revelation, but the Bush Labor Department’s insistence that unions actually comply with the law and file transparent disclosure reports surely did. Union bosses resisted this measure fiercely, by the way.

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David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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