Skip to comments.Meet John McCain’s billionaire national finance co-chair Jerry Perenchio
Posted on 01/28/2008 9:15:19 PM PST by AllseeingEye33
Open borders + campaign finance hypocrisy + eco-radicalism = McCains billionaire national finance co-chair Jerry Perenchio By Michelle Malkin January 28, 2008 09:50 AM
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1peren003.jpg Meet Jerry Perenchio. Hes a National Finance Co-Chair of the McCain 2008 campaign and the billionaire founder of Spanish-language media conglomerate, Univision. He also heads up a charitable foundation that has showered gobs of money on extremist green lobbying groups. Take open-borders zeal, add campaign finance hypocrisy, mix with eco-radicalism, and presto:
The perfect, multiculti-profiteering McCain money buddy.
Heres his official bio on the McCain website:
Since 1992, A. Jerrold Perenchio has been the chairman and chief executive officer and controlling shareholder of Univision Communications Inc., the largest Spanish-language communications company in the United States. From 1973 until the partners sold the company to Coca-Cola in 1985, Mr. Perenchio was a partner and chief executive officer of Tandem Productions and T.A.T. Communications and a partner of Norman Lear and Alan D. Yorkin. Following his graduation from UCLA, Mr. Perenchio served three years in the United States Air Force as an officer and pilot. After his Air Force service, Mr. Perenchio started his business career as a talent agent, first with Music Corporation of America then formed his own company, Chartwell Artists, which was the fifth largest talent agency in the world representing such stars as Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando, Andy Williams, Elton John, Johnny Mathis, as well as many others. Mr. Perenchio is currently a trustee of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and chaired the $200 million fundraising effort for the new Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in west Los Angeles. Mr. Perenchio has been a lifelong Republican and was a major contributor and fundraiser for George W. Bush, as well as other candidates of the Republican Party.
Now, lets review what the McCain campaign bio didnt mention.
Jerry Perenchio is the man who poured millions of dollars into fighting the California movement to teach schoolchildren English. Does John McCain share Perenchios zealous opposition to pro-English immersion initiatives? If he doesnt, why does he have the nations leading opponent of pro-English immersion initiatives serving in the prestigious position of national campaign finance co-chair?
Perenchio aggressively bankrolled opposition to Prop. 227, which dismantled bilingual educationthe oxymoronic program that holds foreign-language-speaking students hostage and forces them to maintain their native tongues instead of transitioning to English as quickly as possiblein 1998. He donated millions directly to the opponents and also donated millions of dollars in anti-227 public service announcements on Univision railing that The dreams of millions of Hispanic families are being destroyed. Despite Perenchios massive campaign to prop up language segregationism, the pro-English Prop. 227 won in a landslide:
Overcoming huge opposition, Proposition 227, the English for the Children initiative, won a landslide 61% victory at the polls. The measure dismantling Californias 30-year-old system of bilingual education for limited English children had consistently demonstrated widespread public appeal during its yearlong campaign, and was able to sustain that support against powerful political opposition by election day..
We overcame enormous odds to win this victory, declared Ron Unz, the Silicon Valley entrepreneur who chaired the 227 campaign. Our initiative was opposed by the President of the United States. It was opposed by the Chairman of the state Republican Party and the Chairman of the state Democratic Party. It was opposed by all four candidates for Governor, Democrat and Republican alike. It was opposed by nearly all the states major newspapers and virtually every educational organization, large union, and establishment group. Our only strong support came from the people of California, but that was enough for victory.
In the final weeks of the campaign, Republican billionaire A. Jerrold Perenchio, owner of the Univision Spanish-language television network, provided millions of dollars in cash and free air-time to the No on 227 campaign, which overall outspent the Yes campaign by a ratio of 20 to 1 in advertising. Despite this financial mismatch Proposition 227 passed by one of the widest margins in recent history, winning a larger percentage of the vote than any contested initiative since Proposition 13 in 1978.
Election results show that the measure carried 56 of Californias 58 counties. Campaign finance reports indicate that the Yes campaign spent about $550,000 (excluding signature-gathering costs), of which some $200,000 was spent on advertising, while the No campaign raised and spent $4.5 million, including nearly $4 million on advertising and voter contact. In addition, Mr. Perenchios television network provided an estimated $1 to 2 million in free air time for anti-227 editorials.
Perenchio also donated to opponents of Prop. 187, the California measure banning social services to illegal aliens. And he has given money to many soft-on-illegal immigration Democrats. In fact, before jumping ship to Arnold Schwarzeneggers gubernatorial campaign, he was the largest individual campaign donor to Gray Daviscontributing at least $500,000 to the liberal Democrat. When voters demanded Daviss recall after he pushed drivers licenses for illegal aliens (among other failed policies), Perenchio chipped in another $50,000 to help Davis supporters fend off the measure. He also gave generously to Bill Richardsons campaigns$100,000 from him another $50,000 from his wife for the New Mexico Democrat governors failed presidential bid last year, plus about $167,000 from Perenchio and one of his companies to Richardsons 2002 campaign.
Perenchio plays both sides.
And so does McCain. As the Washington Post reported last February, Perenchio is one of the elite donors McCain signed up to his presidential campaign finance committeeafter crusading against Perenchios soft-money contributions:
Just about a year and a half ago, Sen. John McCain went to court to try to curtail the influence of a group to which A. Jerrold Perenchio gave $9 million, saying it was trying to evade and violate new campaign laws with voter ads ahead of the midterm elections.
As McCain launches his own presidential campaign, however, he is counting on Perenchio, the founder of the Univision Spanish-language media empire, to raise millions of dollars as co-chairman of the Arizona Republicans national finance committee.
Many of the top fundraisers that have signed up for John McCains presidential campaign have deep ties to the soft-money donations to political parties and 527 nonprofit political groups that McCain has fought to end.
SOFT-MONEY DONATIONS SINCE THE 1998 ELECTION A. Jerrold Perenchio, chairman of the Spanish-language media giant Univision and a McCain national finance co-chairman: $11.3 million
Perenchio is also the president of the Chartwell Foundation. The Chartwell Foundation gave $100,000 to the McCain-founded Reform Institute (where McCains open borders Hispanic outreach director Juan Hernandez happens to serve as a Senior Fellow) under shady circumstances. As the WaPo noted, McCain co-chaired the Reform Institute in his drive to end big-money donationswhile at the same time chairing the Senate Commerce Committee, which regulates broadcasters including Perenchios Univision, which had many issues pending before the government. Many other donors to the Reform Institute similarly sought legislative favors from McCain.
Yep. I spy with my little eye something that rhymes with schmypocrite.
With a green tint, to boot.
The Chartwell Foundation, turns out, is a major funder of fear-mongering environmental groups:
Someone should tell McAztlan he is not running for president of Mexico
Senator McCain, you are not fit to be president, and heres why: you are playing politics with the war and with our troops.
Dirty tricks in a campaign is one thing. But when you do it with our troops, youve crossed the line.
If you are willing to tell a liea significant oneregarding the war for personal political gain, what can we expect from you as president?
Senator McCain, I ask that you withdraw your candidacy, effective immediately.
What a team. McCain, Juan Hernandez and Jerry Perenchio. This is McCain’s definition of “reaching out”.
Nice to see you again C....hope you are well.
Hey Dog.. glad to be coming back around. I am doing well, thank you. Dittos to you, FRiend.
Don't you just love it when a plan comes together?
Everybody needs to wake up before it's too late... if it's not already.
MSM is determined to decide who will be POTUS.
While McCain has his Reform Institute, Huckabee has, Trust Huckabee, but does he really? Patrick Davis, who runs Trust Huckabee, says that they have no connection to Huckabee, and Huckabee says the same thing.
How can this be? Well, maybe if we look a little deeper into the PAC, we can figure it out. Trust Huckabee started out as Common Sense Issues, but after Huckabee drew a lot of criticism for the highly negative push polls in Iowa, they changed their name to, Trust Huckabee. Common Sense Issues, Inc. was started in Ohio and funded by Carl Lindner, jr. But,Carl Lindner, jr had been asked by the Romney Ohio delegation to be a financial advisor to the Romney campaign. So, the ever resourceful, Lindner family decided to split, with jr, remaining on the Romney campaign (though inactive) and Carl III working hard for Huckabee.
Now, you might ask who is Carl Lindner. He’s a financier who was a member of the Keating five, along with McCain. So, Trust Huckabee seems to have greater ties to McCain, than to Huckabee.