"Teresa Heinz Kerry: Bag Lady for the Radical Left"
From Front Page Magazine:
Teresa Heinz Kerry has financed the secretive Tides Foundation to the tune of more than $4 million over the years. The Tides Foundation, a "charity" established in 1976 by antiwar leftist activist Drummond Pike, distributes millions of dollars in grants every year to political organizations advocating far-Left causes. The Tides Foundation and its closely allied Tides Center, which was spun off from the Foundation in 1996 but run by Drummond Pike, distributed nearly $66 million in grants in 2002 alone. In all, Tides has distributed more than $300 million for the Left. These funds went to rabid antiwar demonstrators, anti-trade demonstrators, domestic Islamist organizations, pro-terrorists legal groups, environmentalists, abortion partisans, extremist homosexual activists and open borders advocates.
During the years 1995-2001, the Howard Heinz Endowment, which Heinz Kerry chairs, gave Tides more than $4.3 million. The combined Heinz Endowments (composed of the Howard Heinz Endowment and the Vira I. Heinz Endowment) donated $1.6 million to establish the Tides Center for Western Pennsylvania, a Pittsburgh office of the San Francisco-based Tides Center. Since that time, the local branch has tirelessly pushed an anti-business agenda in the name of "preserving the environment." However, it is the Tides Foundation's national organization whose connections are most disconcerting.
The Tides Foundation is a major source of revenue for some of the most extreme groups on the Left. Tides allows donors to anonymously contribute money to a host of causes; the donor simply makes the check out to Tides and instructs the Foundation where to forward the money. Tides does so, for a nominal fee. Drummond Pike told The Chronicle of Philanthropy, "Anonymity is very important to most of the people we work with." That becomes understandable when one views the list of Tides grant recipients. And who are the beneficiaries of this money?
What follows is a list of the donations made by the Tides Foundation to several questionable organizations. However, some of the provided links are a bit tenuous. For instance, Ramsey Clark's International Action Center is mentioned. However, the only link the authors can find between Tuh-RAY-Zuh and the IAC is a twice-removed web link.
OK, no IAC link. However, here are some of the recipients of Tides money:
- Iraq Peace Fund and the Peace Strategies Fund ( funded MoveOn.org)
- Institute for Global Communications
- United for Peace and Justice
- 'A Better Way Project' ("coordinated efforts of United for Peace and Justice and the... celebrity-laden Win Without War Coalition")
- "Democratic Justice Fund" ("established with the aid of George Soros' Open Society Institute... [they seek] to ease restrictions on Muslim immigration to the United States, particularly from countries designated by the State Department as "terrorist nations."")
- National Lawyers Guild
- Center for Constitutional Rights
- Alliance for Justice
- Ruckus Society ("a group of anarchist Greens who rioted and looted Seattle during the 1999 World Trade Organization riots")