Skip to comments.WSJ: Too Good to Be True (The Pew Stench)
Posted on 04/01/2005 5:42:28 AM PST by OESY
...At a recent conference in California, Sean Treglia, a former program officer at the Pew Charitable Trusts, stated that the "mass movement" demanding campaign-finance reform, culminating in 2002's McCain-Feingold bill, was orchestrated by Pew and other like-minded foundations, including the Ford Foundation, the Carnegie Corp. of New York and the Open Society Institute.
In a tape obtained by Ryan Sager of the New York Post -- who broke the story -- Mr. Treglia was heard to admit that his foundation's lavish support of such groups as Common Cause and the Center for Public Integrity was designed to convince Congress that there was widespread public demand for campaign-finance reform when, in fact, there wasn't. Campaign-finance partisans, according to Mr. Treglia, had lost legitimacy in Washington, lacking "a constituency that would punish Congress if they didn't vote for reform." So, "to convey the impression that this was something coming naturally from outside the Beltway, I felt it best that Pew stay in the background."...
What, exactly, is Pew's agenda? Its founders derived their wealth from Sun Oil and were all Republicans. "When I speak of the free enterprise system," J. Howard Pew said in 1938, "I mean when it is entirely free -- free from monopoly, private or governmental."...
But by 1980 all the founders of the Pew trusts were dead, and Pew philanthropy drifted away from its donors' intent. The drift became a purposeful rush when Rebecca Rimel became Pew's executive director in 1988....
In 2004, it transformed itself from a foundation into a giant nonprofit. It can now use 20% of its budget for lobbying. Last fall, Pew combined seven of its public-policy shops into the Pew Research Center -- Washington's third-largest liberal think tank, after Brookings and the Center for American Progress....
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Well, it didn't help them, did it. heh
Almost all foundations have that history: fortune originally earned by an entrepreneur and dedicated to promote free markets; foundation taken over by liberals and used for the opposite purpose, to finance the spread of socialism and social degeneracy.
The problem is that liberals swarm like piranhas to any money, public or private, that they can get their jaws on without working.
That's their version of a work ethic -- wait till somebody else earns it.
McCain-Feingold is law; sounds to me like Pew is happy with that.
The next step will be to have the government finance every campaign. Us peeples will be allowed a one week comment period.
--the next time the Demotraitors get control of Congress--look out!
If anything...you gotta love the hypocrisy. Complaining about the current system and how corrupt it is...and yet, using that very system in an even more underhanded way to get this lawed passed.
The article is also here....
No subscription required to read here?
Yeah but they lost the election anyway.
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