Richard McCarty

Richard McCarty is the Director of Research at Americans for Limited Government Foundation and can be reached at

Richard McCarty

Under Obama, union watchdog napped

By Richard McCarty Nearly six decades ago, Congress overwhelmingly passed the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA), which requires unions to publicly disclose financial information. Two of the reasons for the disclosure requirement were to give union members the ability to properly assess the competence of their […]


How to Empower the Labor Department Office That Fights Union Corruption

By Richard McCarty For too long, many union members have been kept in the dark about their union’s finances. Some unions are run in a transparent, democratic manner, but many others are run autocratically with minimal transparency and accountability. This lack of transparency too often allows unscrupulous […]


UFCW Bosses Should Resign

By Richard McCarty From newsrooms to boardrooms, from college campuses to church campuses, and from Hollywood studios to the halls of Congress, powerful men are being called to account for alleged sexual misconduct. But somehow, Mickey Kasparian, a United Food and Commercial Workers International vice president, has […]


Restore Union Transparency

By Richard McCarty Union members deserve to know where their dues money is going. For too long, union members have been largely kept in the dark about their unions’ finances, which has allowed corrupt union bosses to line their pockets with their members’ money and get away […]


Living in the Lap of Luxury

By Richard McCarty As originally published at According to a report it filed with the US Department of Labor, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) spent over $2.3 million at 4- to 5-star hotels around the world in 2016. (Data for 2017 is not yet available.) With […]


Workers Defeat UFCW

By Richard McCarty As originally published at In recent years, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) has experienced a number of setbacks. Since 2001, the union has lost over 100,000 members. In addition to declining membership, the union has experienced unwanted press attention over the […]


Liberal progressivism stinks, literally, and it’s building sanctuary cities

By Richard McCarty In recent years, liberals have been advocating for a way to “help” the homeless deal with the lack of sufficient public toilets. And just what is this brilliant idea? Is it more public restrooms, or more homeless shelters? No, their radical idea is to […]


Testing and Socialized Medicine Threaten Babies with Down Syndrome

By Richard McCarty In Iceland, the widespread use of prenatal testing has led to few babies with Down syndrome being given a chance at life. Iceland, which has socialized health care, mandates that pregnant women be informed about the availability of prenatal testing, and the vast majority […]


It is time for the OLMS to audit the UAW International Union

By Richard McCarty Because the United Auto Workers cannot be counted on to rid itself of corruption, the Department of Labor’s Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) should conduct a compliance audit of the UAW International Union. The UAW International Union is one of about 150 national and […]


SEIU Is No One’s Friend

By Richard McCarty The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is one of the largest, wealthiest, and most powerful unions in the country. Unfortunately, because SEIU is exploitative, fundamentally dishonest, and unethical, it’s also one of the last organizations anyone should ever want on their side. For example, […]


Unions are out of control, the Office of Labor-Management Standards can fix that

By Richard McCarty Although the Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) at the Department of Labor is not a large agency, it has a critical mission: rooting corruption out of unions to protect workers’ hard-earned dues money and helping to ensure free and fair union elections. Unfortunately, the […]


Senate Republicans: Defund Left-Wing Groups

By Richard McCarty In 1978, the US Labor Department created an occupational safety and health training grant program, which is now called the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program. In recent years, the Labor Department has awarded roughly $10 million a year in Harwood grants. The money is distributed to public […]


DOJ misconduct in Nevada in Bundy case

C/O By Richard McCarty and Printus LeBlanc The Bundy family was the group at the center of a tense standoff in Nevada in 2014. The nation was glued to TV sets as federal agents squared off against the family and their allies. A recent ruling by a federal judge, based […]


Trump Delivers on Judicial Nominees

By Richard McCarty One of President Trump’s most important promises in last year’s election was to appoint conservative justices to the Supreme Court, and he followed through on that promise by appointing Neil Gorsuch to the nation’s highest court. But that major win has been followed by […]


Trump Delivers Energy Policy Wins

By Richard McCarty After nearly a year in office, President Donald Trump has established an enviable record of restoring opportunity and unlocking the nation’s potential. One of his most obvious areas of success has been in the energy sector. For years, US leaders have talked about energy […]

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