D.C. Teacher Union Bosses Steal “For The Children”



[VDARE.COM note:

See Peter Brimelow`s upcoming book


The Worm in the Apple
, for more on the
fascinating subject of Big Education
.]

When

corporate moguls
get nabbed for ripping off
shareholders, the media go ape-wild. Last year`s
front-page headlines were filled with

Big Business
scandals and barrels of op-ed
indignation about capitalist greed. But when teachers`
union officials plunder their members` coffers in
Enronic proportions, the media go…AWOL.

I recently read a nauseating FBI affidavit

filed
last month in support of search and seizure
warrants for three teachers` union officials in

Washington, D.C.
The accused villains under federal
investigation are former Washington Teachers Union
President Barbara Bullock, her aide Gwen Hemphill, and
her treasurer James Baxter. All three are prominent
cronies of D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams and key players
in the local

Democratic
machine.

The union extracts nearly $700 a month from about
5,500 teachers. The Trump-spending trio and several
others are suspected of embezzling more than $2 million
in member dues dating back to 1995. Here is just one
excerpt of the FBI

affidavit
detailing Bullock`s selfless expenditures:

“Among [her]
purchases were: a $20,000 mink coat, along with other
mink coats that…have been stored at Miller Furs in Chevy
Chase, Maryland; nearly $500,000 in custom-made clothing
from a Baltimore clothing maker known as Van Style…more
than $9,000 at retailer Bloomingdales; more than $9,000
for clothing and accessories from a Florida vendor known
as Body Scentre Limited; more than $11,000 in purchases
from a retailer known as Friedman`s Shoes in Atlanta,
Georgia; more than $5,000 to Galt Brothers Jewelry in
Washington, D.C.; more than $5,000 to Graffiti
AudioVideo for electronic  equipment; more than $12,000
at retailer Hecht Company; more than $3,000 at the
Hermes Boutique in Vienna, Virginia…”

Wait, there`s more:

“[M]ore than
$5,000 for bedding and a desk pad from the Horchow
Collection; more than $6,000 to vendor J. Crew; more
than $15,000…for St. John Knit apparel; more than $4,000
for merchandise from Little Switzerland JNU, in Juneau,
Alaska; more than $60,000 to MS Rau Antiques in New
Orleans, Louisiana (including $57,000 for a 288-piece
Tiffany sterling silver set); more than $17,000 to
Miller Furs; more than $150,000 at retailer
Neiman-Marcus; more than $50,000 at retailer Nordstrom;
more than $4,000 at beauty salon Oriental Oasis; more
than $25,000 for services of the Parkway Custom Dry
Cleaners in Chevy Chase, Maryland; more than $9,000 to
Ramee Art Gallery in Washington, D.C.; more than $40,000
at retailer Saks Fifth Avenue; more than $50,000 at a
vendor known as Snazzy Limited in Orange Park, Florida;
more than $4,000 at the St. John Boutique in Beverly
Hills, California and New York, New York; more than
$2,500 for china or crystal from The Lenox Shop in
Williamsburg, Virginia and Prince William, Virginia;
more than $6,000 in gourmet kitchen equipment from
retailer Williams-Sonoma; almost $4,000 to jeweler
Tiffany & Co.; more than $20,000 to the Atlanta  gallery
of the artist William Tolliver; and more than $7,000 to
Wagner Opticians.”

Bullock spread the wealth to friends and family.
According to the FBI agent, her sister received “a
two-door, French, hand-painted armoire”
from an
Alexandria antiques dealer, Tradition de France.
Bullock`s driver and errand boy, Leroy Holmes, received
checks “totaling in excess of $1,000,000, which he
converted to cash to pay himself more than $90,000 per
year, plus additional funds to maintain and pay for
personal vehicles, and provide cash to others.”

Bullock`s aide, Hemphill, also shared her booty with
family, including $20,000 in African art; a $12,999 50"
plasma, flat screen television; and a $950 handbag from
Neiman-Marcus. Union treasurer, Baxter, is suspected of
rampant book-cooking to hide his union income from the
IRS. The trio also "enlisted the aid of an accountant to
help them hide the misconduct,” according to
investigators. Also under scrutiny: interim union
president, Esther S. Hankerson, who has held leadership
positions since 1994 and whose credit card use is
reportedly being probed.

Meanwhile, the union`s rent, phone bills, and health
premiums for retired teachers went unpaid.

This is a sickening and all-too-familiar case of
education corruption involving the looting of compulsory
union dues. Rank-and-file teachers have fought across
the country for the right to stop union tyrants from
siphoning money from their paychecks for

political lobbying
and

personal aggrandizement
. Big Labor`s

accounting system
is a sham. But you won`t read
about this scandal on the editorial pages of the New
York Times.

After all, the looters did it “for the children,”
right?


Michelle Malkin is author of


Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores
.

Click here
for Peter Brimelow`s review.
Click here
for Michelle Malkin`s website.

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