This is literature from the Al Wynn campaign bragging about more than 40 endorsements from Democratic-allied groups. The list includes the Teamsters, UNITE-HERE, and SEIU.
Here is a letter from the Teamsters demanding that Wynn retract his literature, as the Teamsters have endorsed Donna Edwards.
In addition, someone from the Donna Edwards campaign told me that UNITE-HERE just made a $5000 PAC donation to Edwards. I'm trying to track down a contact at SEIU, as I don't think they've endorsed Wynn either.
In addition to consistent violations of FEC laws which could be masking corporate contributions, two staffers who beat up a Donna Edwards supporter, and votes for the Energy Bill, the war, and a repeal of the estate teax, Wynn is now in trouble for lying about union support. Oh, and the supporter that Wynn's people beat up is a Teamsters local officer, which makes it particularly unwise to be lying about their endorsement.
So far, Wynn has succssfully lied to the press about having monolithic support in the district from Democratic groups. Ovetta Wiggins of the Washington Post reports on Wynn's support base, noting that Wynn's "campaign literature touts the backing of about 40 left-leaning groups, including the AFL-CIO and Planned Parenthood, as evidence that he remains a true Democrat."
Wiggins didn't think to check the veracity of the literature, but she should have. It's interesting that Wynn's behavior pattern is consistent across the board - he lies in the heat of a fight, both to the FEC, to voters, and to reports. His staffers have violently attacked one of his opponent's volunteers. Wynn is banking that he'll only have to face minor consequences for these actions, and that he'll be a sitting Congressman so he can use corporate money to pay any fines.
Update: I spoke to Tom Snyder of UNITE-HERE. That union has not made an endorsement in the race, and says that Wynn's literature is in error. I also found out that UNITE-HERE didn't in fact give money to Donna's campaign. I then spoke to Ellen Golombek of SEIU, who doesn't have her records in front of her either. Both of them have gotten calls from reporters on this matter.
My sense here is that the unions are trying to stay out of the race because Wynn's an incumbent, though it's clear that Wynn lied about getting support from UNITE-HERE and the Teamsters.