Palaces For The People
Wednesday, July 14, 2004
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July 13, 2004
Dick Armey's Forces: On the March for the Nader Campaign
Citizens for a Sound Economy ... is widening its efforts to help
presidential candidate Ralph Nader get on the ballot in pivotal
Also see: MT's CSE page.
The Neocon Hothouse
that William Simon Built
American democracy is in deep trouble. George Bush has brought into
government a cabal of right-wing radicals who now control the
Republican Party, and, through the party, dominate all three branches
of the federal government. Their policies are drawn from a narrow
ideology that bears no relevant connections to history, tradition, or
Journalists refer to these extremists as "conservatives." But they
bear little resemblance to classical American conservatism. They only
wish to conserve their own status, money, and power. These radicals
are also generically referred to as "neoconservatives," (neocons) a
term originally applied to a group of former communists and
ex-liberals who soured on both their movements...
Who's Backing Nader?
By Holly Bailey
July 19 issue - In his run for the White House, Ralph Nader is getting
help from an unexpected source: Republicans. Of the $1 million that
Nader has raised for his campaign so far, about $50,000 is from donors
who have also given to President George W. Bush's campaign. One in 10
of Nader's biggest contributors -- individuals who've written checks
of $1,000 or more -- are longtime GOP donors.
Among the notable: Richard Egan, Bush's former ambassador to Ireland.
Egan raised more than $100,000 as a Bush Pioneer in 2000 and at least
$200,000 this cycle as one of the Rangers, the Bush campaign's most
elite fund-raising circle. In 2001 Egan contributed $100,000 of his
own money to help pay for Bush's Inauguration, while he and his family
rank among the biggest contributors to the Republican Party in
general, giving nearly $1 million to the GOP since 1999, according to
the Center for Responsive Politics. And according to Nader's
campaign-finance reports, Egan, his son John and his daughter-in-law
Pamela each contributed the maximum $2,000 donation to Nader's effort.
Egan declined to comment to NEWSWEEK.
Nader's "illegal" GOP backers
Right-wing groups -- and Bush-Cheney '04 -- may have violated federal
campaign law to help get Ralph Nader on the ballot in Oregon.
June 29, 2004 | A Washington watchdog group is charging that Ralph
Nader's presidential campaign benefited from "illegal" assistance
provided by right-wing organizations -- at the behest of his supposed
opponents in the Bush-Cheney campaign.
According to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington --
whose name sounds as if Nader could once have been its founder -- the
Nader presidential campaign received illicit assistance for its
petition drive in Oregon last weekend from two local conservative
organizations, which were "encouraged" by President Bush's campaign
Melanie Sloan, CREW's executive director, plans to file a complaint on
Tuesday with the Federal Election Commission, charging that Nader and
his conservative enablers in Oregon violated the federal statute
prohibiting corporate contributions to presidential candidates.
Accused in Sloan's complaint along with the Nader and Bush campaigns
will be Citizens for a Sound Economy and the Oregon Family Council,
whose leaders have acknowledged that they are trying to help the
"independent" gadfly win a place on the state's November presidential
ballot. The two conservative groups admit that they are backing
President George W. Bush, and quite frankly describe Nader as nothing
more than a convenient instrument to drain support from Democrat John
Kerry in a closely fought battleground state.
In recent weeks, the Oregon conservative groups deployed their phone
banks to contact Republican voters, urging them to attend a Nader
rally in Portland on Saturday, where the candidate's organizers sought
to gather enough signatures to place him on the ballot. Although only
1,000 valid signatures are needed, the Nader campaign had already
tried once and failed last April, when only 750 voters showed up at a
similar event. On Saturday, with CSE and OFC phoning and organizing
their members to rally behind Nader, more than 1,150 voters turned out
and signed the petition.
Group: Bush allies illegally helping Nader in Oregon
Complaint filed with Federal Election Commission
Thursday, July 1, 2004 Posted: 1:47 PM EDT (1747 GMT)
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Efforts by two conservative groups to help
President Bush by getting independent presidential candidate Ralph
Nader on the ballot in the key battleground state of Oregon has
prompted a complaint to the Federal Election Commission by a liberal
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) said phone
banks encouraging Bush supporters to attend a Nader nominating
convention last Saturday amounted to an illegal in-kind contribution
to the Nader campaign by the Oregon Family Council and Oregon Citizens
for a Sound Economy.
Bush's re-election campaign and the Oregon Republican Party were also
named in the complaint for allegedly participating in the effort. The
complaint alleges the groups worked together to promote Nader and
siphon potential votes away from Sen. John Kerry, the presumptive
Democratic presidential nominee.