When the government has people in unions, it presents a particular problem and there are a couple of ways it presents a problem in my view. When unions are allowed to collect money from members, and then one person, the chief executive of that union could give that to whichever candidate they want, that’s simply a violation of the personal rights of that individual, and that shouldn’t be allowed. And number two, I really have the problem with the idea that one person is able to collect money from all their members and then give it to a party or an individual who that person made them be the one that decided on matters of legislation directing that union. It’s almost like a form of corruption. I’ve got all this money I’m going to elect the person to give me what I want. So the power of unions in influence elections is a real problem and the place I would address it is with legislation saying that individual union members may not have money taken out of their paycheck to go into funds, which can then be directed by an individual in a way that might be different than what they would have preferred themselves. That should not be allowed.
Mitt Romney at the Palmetto Freedom Forum in August 2011
This screams Citizens United, but instead of analyzing corporations and political action committees which encompass the true corruption, the concept of organized labor and unions is attacked.