Sunday, February 15, 2004

Someone's still in the money

While John Kerry may need credit counseling, the missus still has all her loot and seems to want to prove that she's not just a rich bitch. So she's the "concerned" and "involved" Teresa Heinz Kerry: Bag Lady for the Radical Left:
Teresa Heinz Kerry has financed the secretive Tides Foundation to the tune of more than $4 million over the years. 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.
Tides established the Iraq Peace Fund and the Peace Strategies Fund to fund the antiwar movement. These projects fueled such hysterical protest organizations as, the website that recently featured two separate commercials portraying George W. Bush as Adolf Hitler.
The antiwar movement often boasted that and the radical website Indymedia provided them “alternate media coverage.” Indymedia, an enormous news and events bulletin board with local pages in most of the world’s major cities, provided a vital link for radical activists often with violent agendas to coordinate their protests. Indymedia received $376,000 from the Tides Foundation.

The Institute for Global Communications is another leftist communications facilitator that received Tides grant money. IGC, which during the 1990s was the leading provider of web technology to the radical Left, links to “recommended sites” such as the War Resisters League (a group whose purpose is enabling peaceniks to refuse to pay taxes) and the leftist American Friends Service Committee. Most disturbing is the link to Ramsey Clark’s International Action Center, which has supported Slobodan Milosevic and North Korean strongman Kim Jong-Il. The IAC is the force behind International ANSWER, which sponsored the major antiwar (and anti-Bush) rallies before the invasion of Iraq. When ANSWER was outed as a Communist organization, United for Peace and Justice, headed by longtime Communist Party member Leslie Cagan was created as a "moderate" alternative. UFPJ is also a Tides grant recipient.The Tides-funded “A Better Way Project,” which opposed war in Iraq, also coordinated efforts of United for Peace and Justice and the Win Without War Coalition. The celebrity-laden Win Without War Coalition, along with the Bill Moyers-funded Florence and John Schumann Foundation, ran full-page ads in the New York Times opposing the War on Terrorism.
There's a heck of a lot more (CAIR, National Lawyers Guild, Ruckus Society, etc.) and I haven't even gotten to the money that doesn't flow through the Tides Foundation. Looks like Terry fits right in with Lurch's old pals in the VVAW.

One other thing - reading about all these foundations funding non-profit organizations reminded me what a tidy little racket that is, not even counting the political shenanigans. See Prof. Jonathan Turley's article in USA Today - Non-profits' executives avoid scrutiny, valid reforms. Remember, just because you're running a non-profit organization doesn't mean you can't live very well indeed.