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Sunday, October 17, 2004

America Coming Together hands out flyers alleging GOP will suppress black vote

Lets take a look at America Coming Together shall we?

America Coming Together
America Coming Together (ACT) is one of five 527 committees engaged in supporting a Democratic candidate in U.S. presidential election, 2004. ACT "is responsible for get-out-the-vote efforts." [1]
"Democratic groups have created an operation that combines close coordination with a division of labor designed to avoid duplication of effort and maximize resources." The other four allied groups are the Thunder Road Group, which "will concentrate on research and rapid response"; the Media Fund, "the principal vehicle for pro-Democratic television commercials by the coalition"; America Votes, "the umbrella organization that will stitch together the activities of various progressive organizations"; and Joint Victory Campaign 2004, "a combined fundraising committee." [2]

In August 2003, hedge fund investor and philanthropist George Soros announced he would donate $10 million to ensure that Bush was not re-elected. [3] The initial newstories indicated that the PAC would be named America Coming Together and would campaign in 17 key states.
An AP article identified the states as Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin. [4]
In a statement announcing the grants, Soros stated "The fate of the world depends on the United States and President Bush is leading us in the wrong direction. ACT is an effective way to mobilize civil society, to convince people to go to the polls and vote for candidates who will reassert the values of the greatest open society in the world."
Feminist Daily News Wire reported that the group would form a coalition comprising women's rights, labor, and environmental groups and aimed to raise $75 million by the November election.[5]
Ellen R. Malcolm, President
Steve Rosenthal, Chief Executive Officer
Minyon Moore
Gina Glantz
Carl Pope, Treasurer
Cecile Richards
JoDee Winterhof, ACT Political Director
Donald Redmond, National Field Director
ACT Contributors
Open Secrets: Advocacy Group Spending ("data is based on records released by the Internal Revenue Service on Monday, March 08, 2004"):
The three largest contributors to date are:
Soros Fund Management ($5,000,000.00)
Joint Victory Campaign 2004 ($3,000,000.00); and
Progressive Corp. ($2,995,000.00).
According to the March 10, 2004, Washington Post, "The Democratic 527 organizations have drawn support from some wealthy liberals determined to defeat Bush. They include financier George Soros and his wife, Susan Weber Soros, who gave $5 million to ACT and $1.46 million to; Peter B. Lewis, chief executive of the Progressive Corp., who gave $3 million to ACT and $500,000 to MoveOn; and Linda Pritzker, of the Hyatt hotel family, and her Sustainable World Corp., who gave $4 million to the joint fundraising committee." [6]

The two that do not have a separate biography link are JoDee Winterhof, though it was not hard to find information. She left Sen. Harkins office to work for Partnership for America's Families which then partnered with America Coming Together. I was unable to find information on Donald Redmond.

In essence what we have is a group that was founded by George Soros, liberal contributor extraordinare, linking with a labor funded organization and run by long time Democratic Political operatives. Making the claim that Republican's will do everything in their power to keep black Americans from voting as if this were 1965. AND they get to do it while claiming they are a nonpartisan issue group. I believe the only real issue they are working for is to defeat George Bush by any unethical, immoral way to do so.

The liberalism that was nurtured in the 60's that grew out of communism of the 30's and fully blossomed in the 70's is attempting to fight to the death. Instead of unskilled student agitators, these people are now the savvy political operatives that is attempting to crush the real Republic given to us by our Founding Father's.

Of course Kerry is repeating this line over and over, a lie is halfway around the world before the truth can get it's shoes on, I don't remember whose quote that is, but it certainly fits here. I also want to know how it is that John Kerry is allowed to campaign in churches. Of course I don't know why I expected anything different when Al Sharpton is embraced by Kerry.

Race baiting is race baiting. I was not brought up to be allowed to behave like John Kerry. My mom in particular, brought me up to understand that all people have the same rights and responsiblities as others. But apparently John Kerry's parents never taught him any type of morality. At least not a morality I recognize.



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