Boehner accuses Obama backers of 'colluding' with unions

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) accused President Obama's political supporters of "meddling" in the ongoing protests against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's (R) controversial budget plan. 

The Speaker said the president's political organization is "colluding" with special interest groups like labor unions to stifle Walker's proposal, which would limit collective-bargaining rights for state workers and make them pay for their pension and health benefits.

Obama "has done nothing to offer solutions" to the nation's fiscal woes, Boehner said in a statement Friday. "The president should make it clear to his friends that the people of Wisconsin, and states across America, can handle their own affairs without Washington special-interest money and meddling."

Boehner added that the protests were reminiscent of demonstration's against the Greek government's austerity plan.

"But today, we see the same sort of protests on the streets of Madison, fueled by President Obama’s own political machine," he said.

Boehner comments came in response to reports that activists from Organizing for America, the grassroots arm of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), have traveled to Wisconsin to help organize rallies in support of the public workers.

DNC spokesman Hari Sevugan replied that his organization's role is being exaggerated to pull attention away from grassroots protesters in Wisconsin.

"This is a grassroots story not a Washington one. Our volunteers in Wisconsin were getting involved and asked us to let others in the state know what was happening," he said. "Our role in this is being exaggerated by others to distract attention from the passionate grassroots activism that is being displayed on the ground in Wisconsin."

Obama has used the Wisconsin unrest to rally his supporters in organized labor as he gears up for his 2012 reelection campaign. In a local television interview broadcast Wednesday in Milwaukee, Obama called Walker's plan an "assault on unions."

Boehner waded into the controversy after Obama, issuing a statement on Thursday supporting Walker.

“Republicans in Congress — and reform-minded GOP governors like Scott Walker, John Kasich and Chris Christie — are daring to speak the truth about the dire fiscal challenges Americans face at all levels of government, and daring to commit themselves to solutions that will liberate our economy and help put our citizens on a path to prosperity," he said. "I’m disappointed that instead of providing similar leadership from the White House, the president has chosen to attack leaders such as Gov. Walker, who are listening to the people and confronting problems that have been neglected for years at the expense of jobs and economic growth."

-- This story was updated at 3:40 p.m.

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