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March 13, 2004
Following the Money

After George Bush's use of 1.5 seconds of 9/11 footage in his initial campaign ads, several families of 9/11 victims protested loudly, receiving a great deal of publicity from their accusations that the Bush campaign was acting inappropriately in mentioning 9/11 during the campaign. Only after some digging did the press mention that these same families had long since formed the "September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows" -- an antiwar campaign funded by George Soros, the main financier and a man who has pledged to buy the presidency for the Democrats. As the March 9th New York Post puts it:

Leading the rhetorical charge has been an outfit called September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows - which, the group admits, has only a few dozen members and represents relatives of no more than 1 percent of the 9/11 victims. More to the point, the group was formed specifically to oppose the entire War on Terror: Not just the campaign against Saddam Hussein, but also the toppling of the Taliban in Afghanistan.

The Post goes on to detail some of the antiwar activities of this "victim's group", including traveling to Afghanistan to protest US military action against the Taliban and to Baghdad to "demonstrate solidarity" with the Saddam Hussein regime, instead of its hundreds of thousands of victims, if not millions of them. It also notes that funding for Peaceful Tomorrows comes in part from the Tides Foundation, which receives a significant amount of money from the Heinz Endowment and other "philanthropical" funds associated or controlled by John Kerry's wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry. (Another donor: the notoriously anti-Semitic Ford Foundation.)

As Bit's Blog says:

Clinton himself couldn't wiggle better. The impression they're trying to leave, that they got no funding whatever from Kerry...simply does not wash with the tax records. They did, in fact, get money from Tides and the other Kerry orgs, and they're trying to cover Kerry's butt with a bit of slight of hand.

It certainly seems that Democratic politics make strange bedfellows these days.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at March 13, 2004 10:44 AM

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