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To: MNJohnnie
Saturday, March 6, 2004 12:08 p.m. EST
Heinz Foundation Bankrolled Group Protesting Bush 9/11 Ads

The group Peaceful Tomorrows, which bills itself as an independent group of 9/11 victim families and whose members have led the charge to force the Bush re-election campaign to yank ads citing the Twin Towers attacks, has direct financial ties to the Heinz Foundation, the charitable trust administered by the wife of likely Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry.

On its Web site, Peaceful Tomorrows identifies itself as "a project of the Tides Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization."

A December 2003 report in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review detailed the financial relationship between the Tides Center and the charitable foundation controlled by Mrs. Heinz Kerry:

"Known as the Tides Center for Pennsylvania, formerly the Tides Center for Western Pennsylvania, it is a creation of the Tides Foundation and Center, headquartered in San Francisco, and two Pennsylvania-based foundations ? the Vira Heinz Endowment and the Howard Heinz Endowment ? chaired by Teresa Heinz Kerry."

According to the Tribune-Review, Mrs. Heinz Kerry funneled millions of dollars into the parent group of Peaceful Tomorrows:

"Between 1995 and 2001, $4.3 million of that money came from the Howard Heinz Endowment. In 2002, it and the Vira Heinz Endowment blessed The Tides Center, a San Francisco spin-off of the Tides Foundation, with another $190,000 while the two endowments gave $1.6 million to the new Tides Center for Western Pennsylvania," the paper revealed.

Though the Tribune-Review report was first unearthed by researchers on FreeRepublic.com within 36 hours of the inception of the Bush ad controversy, the mainstream press has been slow to pick up on Peaceful Tomorrows' anti-Bush pedigree. The group, for instance, has long been active in opposing U.S. involvement in Iraq.

Still, PT's political portfolio escaped the notice of the Washington Post, which described the group as "nonpartisan" on Thursday.

Other mainstream outlets repeatedly quoted PT members without revealing their anti-Bush agenda.

Comments by PT's leader, Colleen Kelly, have been prominently covered by the Associated Press, the Boston Globe and in dozens of other press reports complaining about the Bush ads. None of the reports mentioned PT's money ties to Heinz Kerry.

Andrew Rice, another prominent member of PT, has been quoted in the New York Times and has appeared on MSNBC, again without a single reference to his group's Heinz Foundation funding.

Besides Peaceful Tomorrows, other Tides grant recipients include the Iraq Peace Fund, which has helped bankroll anti-war marches, and MoveOn.org, which featured a campaign ad in November comparing President Bush to Hitler.

3 posted on 03/07/2004 6:40:17 AM PST by Lokibob (All typos and spelling errors are mine and copyrighted!!!!)
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To: dead
ping to dead, WTG!!!!!!

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4 posted on 03/07/2004 6:53:05 AM PST by Lokibob (All typos and spelling errors are mine and copyrighted!!!!)
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To: Lokibob
Great! But it does not do Bush much good if all we do is talk to each other about this. We need swarm the News Editors, Publishers and Ombudsmen at the various "Objective News media" outlets with emails and calls to let them know they are caught in a lie. I talk to a lot of journalists and they are not so much liberal as stupid. The Hysteric Left are grand masters at this sort of staged political theater. If enough people pound the "news media" about their willingness in taking part in such a transparent propaganda exercise, you will seem them be a bit more careful about their reporting in the future. Think back a year ago. The "Antiwar" movement was getting all sorts of coverage until enough people contacted the "news media" demanding to know why groups represent less then 1% of the population were getting the bulk of the air time. Journalist, like any other business, are subject to market pressures. Rather then just sneer at Journalists, the Right needs to learn to better fight the Lefts manipulation of the media.
5 posted on 03/07/2004 9:29:21 AM PST by MNJohnnie
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To: Lokibob
They also sponsor other "terrorist groups"....
Tides has also given grant money to the Council for American Islamic Relations. Ostensibly a “Muslim civil rights group,” CAIR is in fact one of the leading anti-anti-terrorism organizations within the Wahhabi Lobby, with links to Hamas. CAIR regularly opposes and demonizes American efforts to fight terrorism, claiming, for instance, that Homeland Security measures are responsible for an undocumented surge in “hate crimes.”
CAIR officials have reason to fight Bush’s anti-terrorism measures: all too many CAIR officials are on the record supporting terrorism. CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad openly stated in 1994, “I am a supporter of the Hamas movement.” Community Affairs Director Bassem K. Khafagi has been arrested for visa and bank fraud. Randall Royer, a Communications Specialist and Civil Rights Coordinator at CAIR, was arrested along with a group of Islamic radicals in Virginia for allegedly planning jihad. CAIR has defended terrorist “charities” shut down by the Bush administration. Every few months some CAIR campus official is arrested for aiding and abetting terrorism.
10 posted on 03/20/2004 4:49:22 AM PST by Grama-J
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