A Beijing-aligned U.S. labor group is actively involved in state elections. The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) has helped Democrat candidates win several close races, including two U.S. Senate contests in Nevada.
In the 2018 election cycle, about 30 APALA canvassers knocked on doors in Las Vegas from the end of September. According to APALA coordinator Kathleen Flores, the canvassers backed specific candidates like Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen in her bid to unseat Republican Sen. Dean Heller.
“We’re trying to let her win, Jacky Rosen, because she’s fighting for higher pay, higher minimum wage, and good education, better health — that’s why I’m here,” Flores told the Las Vegas Sun.
With 72,000 registered Asian-American or Pacific Islander voters in Nevada (up more than 160 percent since 2000), it makes sense for the left to target this significant Democrat-leaning voter bloc in a Republican-tilting state.
The APALA canvassers were not working for love. They were paid $15 an hour to brave the Nevada fall heat through a $160,000 grant from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).
Despite Heller leading in the polls through most of the race, Rosen’s winning margin was a comfortable 50.4 percent to Heller’s 45.4 percent — about 49,000 votes.