Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Look who crawled out from under the rock

George Soros - money laundering for radicals

John Hinderaker at Powerline notes some Strange Bedfellows:
This morning's Washington Times reports the astonishing--to me, anyway--news that last week's massive pro-illegal immigrant demonstration in Los Angeles was organized by International A.N.S.W.E.R. We've written about International A.N.S.W.E.R. a number of times; for example, here. It is a Communist organization and a front for the Workers World Party. The Workers World Party has been around for quite a while. It is one of the last unapologetically Stalinist organizations in the world; it supported the Soviet invasion of Hungary in 1956. More recently, the WWP and ANSWER have supported dictators like Saddam Hussein and North Korea's Kim Il Jong.
A truly charming bunch and I'm sure they have only the best interests of the citizens of the Republic at heart in promoting illegal immigration. Hinderaker mentions a little digging into their sources of financial support, being as Commies are out of fashion in most circles these days, and "while I could infer that the WWP is kept afloat by donations from a few wealthy donors, I couldn't tell who they were." He suggests it might be fruitful for one of the few real reporters remaining to do a little digging, but I'm not so sure. The wacko wealthy have insulated themselves from their radical dependents quite nicely with money laundering fronts like the Tides Foundation:
The Tides Foundation, a “charity” established in 1976 by antiwar leftist activist Drummond Pike, distributes millions of dollars in grants every year to political organizations advocating far-Left causes. The Tides Foundation and its closely allied Tides Center, which was spun off from the Foundation in 1996 but run by Drummond Pike, distributed nearly $66 million in grants in 2002 alone. In all, Tides has distributed more than $300 million for the Left. These funds went to rabid antiwar demonstrators, anti-trade demonstrators, domestic Islamist organizations, pro-terrorists legal groups, environmentalists, abortion partisans, extremist homosexual activists and open borders advocates.
The Tides Foundation is a major source of revenue for some of the most extreme groups on the Left. Tides allows donors to anonymously contribute money to a host of causes; the donor simply makes the check out to Tides and instructs the Foundation where to forward the money. Tides does so. The Tides Center will even manage a left-wing project, for a nominal fee. Drummond Pike told The Chronicle of Philanthropy, “Anonymity is very important to most of the people we work with.” That becomes understandable when one views the list of Tides grant recipients.
Yep, International ANSWER is on the list of recipients and George Soros is one of the more notable contributors to the Tides Foundation.

With tax time coming up this month, it sure warms my heart to see what good these folks are doing with their tax deductible contributions.