Kerry’s Wife Major Donor To Radical-Left Slush Fund. Controversial group finances Occupy, ACORN, MoveOn.Org
Posted on March 15, 2013 at 4:13 AM EST
By Aaron Klein
Secretary of State John Kerryâ€™s wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, is a primary donor to the Tides Foundation, one of the countryâ€™s biggest financiers of the radical left.
Tides is controversial clearinghouse that funds groups such as MoveOn.org, ACORN, Media Matters for America and a litany of so-called anti-war organizations.
Tides is also heavily connected to the Occupy movement.
The group funds a controversial environmental organization, the Apollo Alliance, which helped to craft sections of President Obamaâ€™s 2009 stimulus legislation.
Kerry, through her personal foundation, has donated more than $4 million to the Tides Foundation.
Another prominent Tides donor is billionaire George Soros.
Tides functions as a money channel in which major leftist donors provide large sums that are then redistributed to hundreds of radical groups.
Tides documentation reviewed by KleinOnline shows the group provided a total of $4.1 million to Media Matters during the fiscal years of 2004 to 2009.
Tides was also a primary funder of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN, and was closely tied to the group implicated in voter fraud.
The Tides Centerâ€™s board chairman is Wade Rathke, ACORNâ€™s founder and chief organizer.
Tides is a primary funder of MoveOn.org, the American Civil Liberties Union, Campaign for Americaâ€™s Future, the Center for American Progress, the Center for Community Change, the socialist-leaning Democracy Now!, the Marxist-founded Free Press and Marxist-oriented Institute for Policy Studies.
Tides has been closely linked to the Occupy movement. The Tides-funded Adbusters magazine is reported to have come up with the Occupy Wall Street idea after Arab Spring protests toppled governments in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia. The Adbusters website served as a central hub for Occupyâ€™s planning.
The Tides-funded Ruckus Society provided direct-action training to Occupy protesters as well as official training resources, including manuals, to Occupy training groups. Ruckus, which helped spark the 1999 World Trade Organization riots in Seattle, was also listed as a â€śfriend and partnerâ€ť of the Occupy Days of Action in October.
Another grantee of Tides, MoveOn.org, joined Occupy.
A report by Tori Richards at WatchDog.org documents how Tides funds the Apollo Alliance, now known as the BlueGreen Alliance.
KleinOnline first documented howÂ the Apollo Alliance, whose board members include a slew of radicals, was instrumental in helping craft Obamaâ€™s â€śstimulusâ€ť as well as the draft a â€śclean technologyâ€ť bill,Â Â the Investments for Manufacturing Progress and Clean Technology Act of 2009, or IMPACT,Â being pushed by U.S. senators.
TheÂ Apollo Alliance has boasted in promotional materialÂ the act was based on the groupâ€™s recently published â€śGreenMAPâ€ť or Green Manufacturing Action Plan, which laid out aggressive steps to scale up production of American-made clean energy systems and components while making U.S. factories more energy efficient.
The Apollo Alliance has been instrumental in helping draft key policies of the Obama administration. It was previously reported Apollo helped craft portions of the $787 billion â€śstimulusâ€ť bill signed into law by Obama.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in mid-2009: â€śThe Apollo Alliance has been an important factor in helping us [the U.S. Senate] develop and execute a strategy that makes great progress on these goals and in motivating the public to support them.â€ť
Discover the Networks notes that in July, Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appointed Apollo Alliance Chairman AngelidesÂ to serve as chairman of the newly created Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission.
The Apollo Alliance claims it was founded in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks â€śto catalyze a clean energy revolution in America.â€ť
Among its board members are a grouping of radicals, including:
- Van Jones, President Obamaâ€™s controversial former â€śgreen jobs czarâ€ť who resigned in September after it was exposed he founded a communist revolutionary organization and signed a statement that accused the Bush administration of possible involvement in the 9/11 attacks. Jones also called for â€śresistanceâ€ť against the U.S.
Green For All, a group co-founded by Jones, is a formal backer of Brownâ€™s IMPACT Act.
Jones himself decried the Apollo Alliance missionÂ as â€śsort of a grand unified field theory for progressive left causes.â€ť
- Joel Rogers, a founder of the socialist New Party. KleinOnlineÂ reportedÂ evidence indicating Obama was a New Party member. In an interview with KleinOnline, New Party co-founder and Marxist activist Carl Davidson previously recounted Obamaâ€™s participation with the New Party.
- Jeff Jones, a founder of the Weather Underground domestic terrorist group who spent time on the run from law enforcement agencies while his group carried out a series of bombings of U.S. government buildings.
Jones joined the Students for a Democratic Society, or SDS, from which the Weathermen splintered in the fall of 1965. Two years later, he became the SDSâ€™ New York City regional director, a position in which he participated in nearly all of the groupâ€™s major protests until 1969, including the 1968 Columbia University protests and the violent riots that same year at the Democratic National Convention.
In 1969, Jones founded the Weathermen with terrorists William Ayers and Mark Rudd when the three signed an infamous statement calling for a revolution against the American government inside and outside the country to fight and defeat what the group called U.S. imperialism. President Obama came under fire for his longtime, extensive association with Ayers.
Jones was a main leader and orchestrator of what became known as the Days of Rage, a series of violent riots in Chicago organized by the Weathermen. The culmination of the riots came when he gave a signal for rowdy protesters to target a hotel that was the home of a local judge presiding over a trial of anti-war activists.
Jones went underground after he failed to appear for a March 1970 court date to face charges of â€ścrossing state lines to foment a riot and conspiring to do so.â€ť He moved to San Francisco with Ayersâ€™ wife, Bernardine Dohrn. That year, at least one bombing claimed by the Weathermen went off in Jonesâ€™ locale at the Presidio Army base.
Jonesâ€™ Weathermen took credit for multiple bombings of U.S. government buildings, including attacks against the U.S. Capitol March 1, 1971; the Pentagon May 19, 1972, and a 1975 bombing of the State Department building.