Bill O'Reilly said no billionaires fund right-wing causes like Soros does on the left, ummmm yeah, because it's not one, it's seven, that we know of. You got some explaining to do Billy boy.
What's really troubling is that O'Reilly has a problem with wealthy Liberals who give money to left-wing groups, he even calls it dangerous. When that is how our political system works, and nothing Soros does is illegal. In fact, what Soros is doing is great, he is helping to counter the propaganda from the right, from people like O'Reilly and FOX News. That is the real reason O'Reilly considers Soros dangerous, because he can use his money to help expose the corrupt media spin doctors like O'Reilly, Hannity, Coulter, Ingraham, etc.
It is un-American to call George Soros dangerous, he is trying to help America get rid of the corrupt media pundits, and the corrupt Republicans in office who do the bidding of Corporations, Lobbyists, etc. Soros should get a medal for what he is doing. But somehow O'Reilly calls it dangerous to support politicians and groups you agree with. Funny he don't have that same opinion about far right billionaires who do the same thing Soros does, except give to Conservatives insted of Liberals.
If anyone is dangerous it's Bill O'Reilly. He is trying to brainwash America into thinking the Conservative ideology is what America should be, and if you disagree with him you are an un-American traitor. When the only un-American traitor is Bill O'Reilly, and people like him who try to label you un-American if you disagree with a Republican president. O'Reilly said if you do not support the president you hate America. Which is insane, the people hate George W. Bush, not America. And only a dumb ass, front running, Conservative, right-wing nut job would say if you disagree with the president you hate America.
Which is just what O'Reilly said, many times. Then he took some heat for calling people who dissent, un-American, so he changed it from un-American to bad American. Thanks for nothing Billy, that's the same as calling us un-American, you dumb ass. Notice that no Liberal ever calls a Conservative dangerous and un-American for supporting Conservative causes. We disagree with them, but we never call them un-American, like O'Reilly does when you disagree with his far right neo-con views.
And this from the guy who said bomb them all, and let them eat sand, women, children, bridges, water plants, airports, roads, trains, everything. Even though doing that would be war crimes, and a violation of the entire Geneva Conventions. Look at this web page, you will see the hypocrisy, the double standards, and the bias, from Bill O'Reilly. In his world if you are a billionaire who legally gives money to Democrats, you are a dangerous man who must be stopped, but if you are a billionaire who gives money to Republicans he has no problem with you. Then you tell me who is un-American, people who legally give money to causes they support, or Bill O'Reilly.
7-30-08 -- The Billionaires Behind Newt's American Solutions For Winning The Future (ASWF)
The same old men that propelled George W. Bush into office in 2000 and 2004 are behind Newt Gingrich's multimillion-dollar front group, American Solutions for Winning the Future (ASWF). ASWF has capitalized on the energy crisis caused by the Bush presidency to promote a "Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less" campaign. Although the campaign's priorities are just a rebranding of an oil-company agenda, ASWF's well-funded drill-drill-drill message has achieved significant success.
The Wonk Room has covered in depth how the "solutions" promoted by Newt Gingrich: increased offshore drilling, oil shale mining, coal-to-liquids, and tar sands -- would be ecological disasters without economic benefit, except for Big Oil executives and their even wealthier investors. That group has likewise prospered richly under Bush, while the rest of the nation falls into disrepair.
So who is behind ASWF? The key funder is right-wing casino kingpin Sheldon Adelson, who has pumped over $3 million into the organization since its beginning in 2006. Adelson is flanked by 56 other such donors who have given at least $10,000. Donors can give unlimited amounts to this 527 corporation, making it an ideal mechanism for the superrich to influence the presidential season. In the first of a Wonk Room series, we discuss the seven right-wing billionaires bankrolling this organization:
1) SHELDON ADELSON - Net Worth - $26 billion
Donations to ASWF: $3,066,340
The third richest man in America, Adelson made his first millions with the dot-com trade show Comdex, then purchased the Las Vegas Sands Hotel and Casino, tearing it down to construct the Venetian in 1999. Since he took the Sands Corporation public in 2004 and began establishing casinos for the Asian market in Macao, his wealth has ballooned at a rate of "almost $1 million an hour" to $26 billion, mostly in China.
A major GOP donor, Adelson sits on the board of the "conservative Republican Jewish Coalition." In addition to supplying over $3 million to ASWF, Adelson co-founded Freedom's Watch, a "big neoconservative slush fund" with ties to the American Enterprise Institute.
2) CARL LINDNER - Net Worth: $2.3 billion
Donations to ASWF: $650,000
Carl Lindner, Jr., is one of the nation's wealthiest men, and "gives heavily to Conservative political campaigns." He built a dairy empire into the holding company American Financial Group, making giant profits off the savings and loan industry, junk bonds, and Chiquita Brands International Inc., where he "oversaw the payment of roughly $1.7 million to a Colombian paramilitary group."
Using political connections in the 90's, "Lindner opened European markets for Chiquita bananas," but it came at a high cost: more expensive goods for American citizens; the threat of fewer jobs in industries that buy American-manufactured steel; and certain economic instability for Caribbean and African nations and its citizens.
3) GEORGE ARGYROS - Net Worth: $1.7 billion
Donations to ASWF: $25,000
Making a fortune in Orange County real estate, Argyros diversified into interests such as the Seattle Mariners, the Apria home health-care giant, and the investment firm Westar Capital. Argyros's real estate company, Arnel Management Co., gouged thousands of tenants out of millions of dollars in security deposits and illegal fees. After raising $30 million for George W. Bush's election, Argyros was appointed ambassador to Spain in 2001, despite not even speaking the language.
4) STANLEY HUBBARD - Net Worth: $1.6 billion
Donations to ASWF: $100,000
The Hubbard Broadcasting Company, founded by Stanley E. Hubbard, has become a television giant under the stewardship of his son, who spent the 80's working to make digital satellite television a reality. He dominates Twin Cities politics and media, calling up news anchors if he disagrees with their coverage, and his corporation, which owns the Reelz channel, is a consistent enemy of unionization.
5) PETER THIEL - Net Worth: $1.2 billion
Donations to ASWF: $100,000
A self-described "staunch libertarian" who made his first millions as a co-founder of Pay Pal, 40-year-old Stanford-educated Peter Thiel has become a hedge fund billionaire by betting on rising oil prices and investing in dot-coms such as Facebook and LinkedIn.
6) RICHARD T. FARMER - Net Worth: $1.0 billion
Donations to ASWF: $100,000
Dick Farmer owns Cintas Corporation, the "nation's largest uniform rental company." With deep ties to Washington conservatives, Cintas has successfully fought environmental and labor regulations for its industrial laundries. In the 2000 election cycle, "Farmer gave $721,000 to the Republicans, making him the second-largest individual donor to the GOP."
7) ROGER MILLIKEN - Net Worth: $1.0 billion
Donations to ASWF: $10,000
Milliken is a "billionaire textile magnate from South Carolina, founding member of the conservative movement, and patron of right-wing causes for almost 50 years" -- from William F. Buckley and Barry Goldwater to Richard Nixon and Newt Gingrich. Fiercely anti-union and proud of his company's "culture of secrecy," Milliken also is famously protectionist. In 1994, Milliken funneled over $2 million to Pat Buchanan to fight the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and aid his 1996 presidential run.
O'Reilly investigated George Soros in 2007, yet we have seven billionaires who support Newt Gingrich and other far right causes in 2008, but O'Reilly says nothing, and even denies there are big money billionaires who fund the right like Soros does for the left. No investigation of the seven billionaires who fund right-wing causes has ever been done on the factor, this year, or ever.
O'Reilly claimed that George Soros has built a "complicated political operation" in which "Soros and a few other wealthy radicals who help him are funneling money into the political process" by funding Media Matters, which "feeds its propaganda to some mainstream media people."
In fact, Soros has never given money to Media Matters, either directly or through another organization. And despite numerous requests to appear on The O'Reilly Factor, O'Reilly still has not extended an invitation to Media Matters President and CEO David Brock to discuss his accusations and ad hominem attacks.
O'Reilly has a famous saying he uses all the time, it goes like this:
O'REILLY: "If you attack someone publicly, you have an obligation to face the person you are smearing. If you don't, you are a coward."
Yet O'Reilly has refused to face David Brock, after attacking him publicly, so who is the real coward?
From the April 23rd, 2007 O'Reilly Factor:
O'REILLY: Hi, I'm Bill O'Reilly. Thanks for watching us tonight. We have a powerful and important program, so I hope you stay through the whole thing. You won't be sorry.
Buying political power, that is the subject of this evening's "Talking Points Memo." The Factor has been investigating far-left billionaire George Soros, a man who wants to impose a radical left agenda on America. And under the radar, he is making great progress.
Soros has set up a complicated political operation designed to do two things -- buy influence among some liberal politicians, and smear people with whom he disagrees.
Now, here's a chart of how Soros and a few other wealthy radicals who help him are funneling money into the political process. Stay with me on this. Most of Soros' political money flows through his Open Society Institute -- you see it there on the left -- which is almost unlimited funding. Since 2001, according to federal documents, the Open Society Institute has given nearly $20 million to the Tides Foundation -- right below that. An astounding amount.
Now, Tides, in turn, funnels the money to a variety of radical hatchet men, who are all well paid. For example, Tides has donated millions to the vile propaganda outfit Media Matters, which specializes in distorting comments made by politicians, pundits, and media people. Media Matters is an Internet site, but directly feeds its propaganda to some mainstream media people, including elements at NBC News, columnist Frank Rich and Paul Krugman at The New York Times, columnist Jonathan Alter at Newsweek, and Bill Moyers at PBS.
In fact, as president of the Schumann Center Foundation, Moyers oversaw at least a half-million-dollar transfer of money to Media Matters. We'll have more on that tomorrow.
Now, George Soros is also pouring money into the Center for American Progress, run by former Clinton aide John Podesta, and the Democracy Alliance Group, both of which fund Media Matters as well. So you can see, an enormous amount of money this Media Matters has control of.
Finally, George Soros has given the radical left organization MoveOn many, many millions of dollars. This group actively supports liberal politicians like [Democratic National Committee chairman] Howard Dean and John Edwards. It also organizes demonstrations promoting left-wing causes.
So you can see how powerful this guy Soros has become. He can smear anyone he wants in a variety of ways. His organizations can raise millions for politicians, who will do his bidding. Thus, he can demand that politicians running for office do what he tells them to do.
If a liberal politician doesn't toe the Soros line, he or she will be denied funding and brutally attacked. Just ask Senator Joseph Lieberman about what MoveOn and Media Matters did to him. Now "Talking Pointshas reason to believe John Edwards is taking orders from the Soros group right now. And other Democratic politicians may be as well.
The goal of George Soros, [Progressive Insurance chairman] Peter Lewis, [Esprit clothing company founder] Susie Tompkins Buell, and other radical financiers is to buy a presidential election. By that, I mean find and fund a candidate who will tacitly do what he or she is told to do.
In the past, big business has been accused of doing just that. Now it is the likes of George Soros, an extremist who wants open borders, a one-world foreign policy, legalized drugs, euthanasia, and on and on. My book Culture Warrior documents the Soros policy and his tax-evading businesses located in Curacao and Bermuda.
The really frightening thing about all this is that most Americans have never even heard of George Soros. This is off-the-chart dangerous, but completely legal under the McCain-Feingold Act. In the weeks to come, we'll have more on Soros and his operations, including naming more of the mainstream media that is actively helping him, which includes Rosie O'Donnell.
And that is the "Memo."
As of 8-24-08 there has never been an investigation into the big money that goes to the right, by O'Reilly, or anyone at FOX News. They just don't talk about it, because it's a dirty little secret of the Republican party that they do not want you to know about. They want you to believe that only the left has big money men behind them, when the right has 10 times more big money men behind them then the left ever had.
This is a partial transcript from "The O'Reilly Factor," April 23, 2007, that has been edited for clarity.
BILL O'REILLY, HOST: Now for the top story tonight, reaction to our investigation. Joining us now from Atlanta, Phil Kent, author of the book "Foundations of Betrayal: How the Liberal Super Rich Undermine America". And here in the studio, conservative radio talk show host Monica Crowley.
Monica, we'll begin with you. Did I leave anything out?
MONICA CROWLEY: No, I think you were right on. And you know what? This is an incredibly well oiled, brilliantly orchestrated machine. And as you pointed out, it's also a brilliant way to get around the campaign finance laws in this country.
You have one guy in George Soros. You had mentioned big business had been criticized for this stuff before. Here you've got all of this power in the hands of one guy because he's got a billion dollar fortune, where he can put his money wherever he wants.
The problem is twofold. Number one, transparency. This guy has been able to fly under the radar for a long time before you just exposed him because the mainstream media protects him, because they're on the same ideological page.
O'REILLY: OK and also because it's a complicated -- you see where the money flow goes. Can you put that chart up again? Because it goes through three or four places.
O'REILLY: Before it gets to the intended source.
CROWLEY: Exactly. But, you know, this is a web, but it's not a particularly tangled web. Because as you pointed out.
CROWLEY: You can trace it back two or three organizations away from George Soros. He's not even making an attempt to keep his fingerprints off of this.
And the other point, too, Bill, is accountability. So you have transparency, OK, which he's trying to obfuscate with this kind of web, but also accountability. So he can finance Web sites like you mentioned, Media Matters, other organizations, that will go out there and smear right-wing politicians, smear right-wing pundits and commentators and so on. And there's no accountability because it's floating out there on the web.
O'REILLY: We live as a freedom of speech. Now Mr. Kent, you know, you've got to admire Soros for coming up with this organization. I mean, you know, he's made billions by doing this in business, by being in Curacao and Bermuda and France, where he was convicted of a felony. And he knows how to do this. He knows how to move the money around and use it to gain influence. And now he's set his sights on changing the basic fabric of this country.
PHIL KENT: Well, that's right. George Soros is really the Dr. Evil of the whole world of left-wing foundations. In fact, one of his most chilling quotes a few years ago was that the main obstacle to a stable and just world is the United States.
He really hates this country. And he funds these things, as your chart points out, and open borders and even radical Islamic groups that defend suicide bombers. So this guy is all over the map.
O'REILLY: I didn't have that on there. Now what's the radical Islamic group that defends suicide bombers?
KENT: The American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee Research Institute is a Soros recipient. And they've actually defended suicide bombers. And I've got this in my book. And how he funds La Raza, the race, the open borders advocacy group.
O'REILLY: Yes, he funds La Raza. Now what is the intrusion of the mainstream media? Because you've got some pretty big names. Bill Moyers. Wednesday night, he's going to take a big shot at the press on PBS. We know he's in bed with Soros. Rosie O'Donnell, not taken seriously, but certainly a platform every day on ABC. "New York Times", two of their main columnists. "Newsweek" magazine Jonathan Alter. And NBC News, where it's pitiful, but they have commentators that basically take exactly what Soros gives them and spit it out over the airwaves. That's a lot of power, is it not?
KENT: It's a lot of power. Soros really does believe wealth controls culture. And he wants to really control the political scene in the United States and the media. And as your chart points out, it's very chilling the groups that he is funding through the Open Society Institute.
You know, the assets alone of this private tax-exempt foundation, over $175 million.
CROWLEY: And as you point out, he loves the Tides Foundation, a big left-wing tax-exempt foundation.
O'REILLY: Yes. Oh, I didn't know it was that high right now. $175 million tax free.
O'REILLY: Now Monica, if you're like Lieberman and you're a moderate Democrat, Soros can put a big hurt on you fast.
CROWLEY: That's right. I mean, I mentioned right-wing commentators, right-wing politicians. But if you are a moderate, responsible Democrat who happens to take a different point of view than George Soros, you are just as much of a target.
O'REILLY: Now we believe that John Edwards has forged some kind of an arrangement with Soros. I can't prove it beyond a reasonable doubt, but his actions are pretty much dictated by Move On. He's absolutely right in with those people. Have you seen that?
CROWLEY: I have heard that reported, Bill. And you know, that's the real danger here is that these — there are campaign finance laws on the books to prevent exactly this. To prevent a politician from being held in the pocket by a fabulously rich guy like George Soros.
O'REILLY: Yes, I mean, this is off the chart.
CROWLEY: Again, if you don't -- that's right. And then if you don't toe the line, you run the risk of being cut off by somebody like that.
O'REILLY: And attacked.
CROWLEY: And attacked.
O'REILLY: And attacked.
CROWLEY: You do not want to have that danger, not if you're running for president.
O'REILLY: Right. And they don't stop at you. They'll go for your family. They'll go for -- Mr. Kent, I'm going to give you the last word. But are there any Republican or conservative groups that rival Soros'?
KENT: You know, I tell you, the research that I compiled in my book, if you take the top three conservative tax-exempt foundations, they're totally dwarfed by Soros and the radical Ford Foundation. It's probably 15 times more the assets. Remember, Moveon.org and Soros spent $5 million alone in the anti-Bush ads in 2004. They have got clout.
O'REILLY: Yes, it will be four times, five times that much in the 2008 election.
O'REILLY: Monica, Kent, thanks very much. We appreciate it.
Note: The seven billionaires who donate to Newt Gingrich and other right-wing causes have a combined net worth of $34.8 billion dollars. George Soros net worth is $8.5 billion, the Ford Foundation has a net worth of $13 billion. But somehow O'Reilly and Kent claim that Soros and the Ford Foundation has 15 times more the assets than anyone on the right. When the seven billionaires alone who give money to ASWF, have roughly $14 billion more than Soros and the Ford Foundation combined.
The Wonk Room also reports that Newt's ASWF is a front group for Big Coal.
Newt's 'American Solutions' Is A Front Group For King Coal
Peabody Energy, the world's largest coal company, became one of the top funders for Newt Gingrich's American Solutions for Winning the Future (ASWF) this June, with a contribution of a quarter of a million dollars. IRS documents reveal that Peabody's donation of $250,000 on June 9 -- days after fossil-industry senators blocked global warming legislation -- came on top of an April contribution of $25,000 from Peabody's top Washington lobbyist, Frederick Palmer:
Peabody, World's Largest Coal Company, #4 Backer Of American Solutions For Winning The Future. Newt Gingrich's 527 organization, American Solutions for Winning the Future, has received $275,000 in contributions from Peabody Energy, Inc. As of July 1, 2008, the world's largest private-sector coal company is ASWF's fourth highest contributor. [IRS, $250,000 6/16/08, $25,000 4/30/08]
Last year, a front group backed by Peabody smeared Kansas Governor Kathleen Sibelius (D) as a supporter of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for denying an air permit to new coal plants because of their potential global warming pollution. When challenged, Peabody declared, "We are pleased to support the message."
On July 23, Peabody reported record profits of $242.6 million and record sales of $1.53 billion for its second quarter, on surging coal prices. Its 59.8 million tons of coal sold are responsible for about one percent of the world's total global warming emissions that quarter.
Peabody Energy's vision for "America's Energy Future," with U.S. coal consumption doubling by 2025, is shared by ASWF, as its "Platform Of The American People" attests:
-- To combat the rising cost of energy and reduce our dependence on foreign energy sources, we support the United States using more of its own domestic energy resources, including the oil and coal it already has here in the U.S.
-- We believe the United States should increase its use of coal because it is a domestically available energy source, is less expensive than imported foreign oil, and new technologies have dramatically reduced emissions from burning coal, as well as making it much less harmful to the environment.
-- We believe that if research indicates we could build clean coal plants in the United States with no carbon emissions, it would be important to build such plants as rapidly as possible.
-- We believe in using United States domestic energy sources such as clean coal and oil, even if it means drilling off our coasts and in Alaska, as well as offering tax credits for American businesses that develop new energy sources.
The fossil-fuel-dependent future that Peabody Energy is promoting through Newt Gingrich's "Drill Here, Drill Now" billionaire-backed front group is catastrophic, as it "ignores the nightmarish damages that would be caused to our air, water and climate."
In the words of NASA climate scientist Jim Hansen, "Instead of moving heavily into renewable energies, fossil companies choose to spread doubt about global warming, as tobacco companies discredited the smoking-cancer link." ASWF is just the latest of these fossil-fueled front groups. Hansen concluded:
CEOs of fossil energy companies know what they are doing and are aware of long-term consequences of continued business as usual. In my opinion, these CEOs should be tried for high crimes against humanity and nature. Conviction of ExxonMobil and Peabody Coal CEOs will be no consolation, if we pass on a runaway climate to our children.
Note: Funny how O'Reilly never mentions any of this, I guess he just forgot?