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SEIU Florida announces $5M spend on November election campaigns

The Service Employees International Union announced Thursday that it plans to spend $5 million through November getting out the vote and backing candidates like Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum.

The union, which says it represents more than 55,000 active and retired employees, endorsed Gillum Thursday, which was expected given its staunch support of Democratic candidates and efforts to raise Florida's minimum wage to $15 an hour. SEIU Florida says it has spent $2.7 million annually over the last three years building a campaign machine, and now plans to double that amount through November on advertising and other forms of communication.

The union is kicking off “Super Saturday” volunteer activities this weekend, during which hundreds of union members will be knocking on doors and making phone calls to voters each Saturday through the campaign.

"We're going to make sure there's an army out there," SEIU Florida President Monica Russo told the Miami Herald recently.