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To: Hon
From "Home to War" pg. 104-105:

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Even worse, the week before Dewey Canyon was to start, there was not a cent left in the VVAW treasury. John Kerry was certainly doing yeoman's service at fund-raising. He had given up his book contract with Random House in order to travel and speak throughout the country on behalf of VVAW; organizing, bringing in veterans, asking for donations -- working sometimes twenty hours a day. But when Phelan had trouble with the park permits, Kerry had to return to Washington to marshal a group of lawyers, and in the end Kerry negotiated many of the permits personally. This accomplished, he returned to the VVAW office, only to receive a phone call telling him that five thousand vets were waiting for their bus tickets to D.C., but no one knew where the money to purchase them would come from.

Kerry immediately got on the phone to some of the biggest Democratic Party fund-raisers in New York and set up a meeting. When it broke up, VVAW was $75,000 in the black, and busfare for at least a few hundred out-of-towners was assured.

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So, the Winter Soldier investigation was primarily financed by Fonda and Lane, but Dewey Canyon III was paid for by Democratic Party fund-raisers. Very interesting.

48 posted on 02/24/2004 2:36:26 PM PST by Interesting Times (ABCNNBCBS -- yesterday's news.)
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I had just been trying to talk myself into scanning that book from p.98 to 104.

I love the stuff about Kerry forgoing his book contract with Random House. Oh, the heartache.

Of course he got another book deal later. And while I still haven't read it, from all accounts all he did was contribute the last chapter.

Why would Kerry have had a book contract before Dewey Canyon? Nobody had ever heard of him? Very fishy.
49 posted on 02/24/2004 2:53:30 PM PST by Hon
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Check out p. 103. It gives a more exact time frame for when VVAW had members in Paris talking to the NLF (Viet Cong):

"Even as Shoup was speaking [March 16, 1971], VVAW had two representatives in Paris--including Native American veteran Mike Hunter, a former airborne ranger with a Silver Star--offering their apologies to the North Vietnamese for the genocide that had occurred at My Lai and elsewhere in Vietnam. Unfortunately, that private peace offering never made the papers."
50 posted on 02/24/2004 2:59:03 PM PST by Hon
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"So, the Winter Soldier investigation was primarily financed by Fonda and Lane, but Dewey Canyon III was paid for by Democratic Party fund-raisers. Very interesting."

Good point. I also wonder if $50K of that $75K isn't what I've seen described as having been funneled by McGovern and Hatfield.

Either way, quite telling. Especially since by this time McGovern was already running for the Presidency.
51 posted on 02/24/2004 3:06:50 PM PST by Hon
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Here is the quote, it's from "Winter Soldiers" by Richard Stacewicz, page 242:

According to an FBI memorandum from the Washington office dated April 13, 1971, "VVAW had received fifty thousand dollars from United States Senators McGovern and Hatfield, who... obtained the money from an unknown New York source." (footnote 36)

36. FBI teletype serial number 448092-71, April 13, 1971... FBI archives.

52 posted on 02/24/2004 3:14:22 PM PST by Hon
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