Elections

SEIU paid anti-Romney protesters $11/hour in Ohio [VIDEO]

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Caroline May
Political Reporter

Video of a Barack Obama supporter boasting that she would vote for the the president because he gave her a free “Obama phone” made headlines Thursday.

The amateur filmmaker who shot the footage also has released video revealing that the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) paid protestors during a recent rally for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney .

Both videos were shot at a Romney rally in Bedford, Ohio on Wednesday, the filmmaker, who asked to be unnamed, told The Daily Caller.

In the video, protesters — chanting slogans like “Romney go home!” and “We don’t need no bad economy” — confirmed that SEIU organizers “are paying $11.00 an hour,” and that they had been bused into the suburb.

Another SEIU member in the video explained that while some of them were paid, others were community activists.

Watch protesters admitting they were paid by the SEIU:

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The filmmaker operates under the YouTube handle RealFreedom1776. He said that while he has warmed to Romney since the primaries, his real inspiration was the late conservative muckraker Andrew Breitbart.

He added that by his estimate, there were about 50 protesters at the Romney event.

Watch the “Obama phone” video:

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The SEIU endorsed Obama for reelection last November. The organization did not respond to requests for comment.

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