John McCain funded by Soros since 2001

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    February 12, 2008
    By Jerome R. Corsi
    © 2008 WorldNetDaily


    As Sen. John McCain assumes the GOP front-runner mantle, his long-standing, but little-noticed association with donors such as George Soros and Teresa Heinz Kerry is receiving new attention among his Republican critics.

    In 2001, McCain founded the Alexandria, Va.-based Reform Institute as a vehicle to receive funding from George Soros' Open Society Institute and Teresa Heinz Kerry's Tides Foundation and several other prominent non-profit organizations.

    McCain used the institute to promote his political agenda and provide compensation to key campaign operatives between elections.

    In 2006, the Arizona senator was forced to sever his formal ties with the Reform Institute after a controversial $200,000 contribution from Cablevision came to light. McCain solicited the donation for the Reform Institute using his membership on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. In a letter to the Federal Communications Commission, he supported Cablevision's push to introduce the more profitable al la carte pricing, rather than packages of TV programming.

    Yet, the Reform Institute still employs the McCain campaign's Hispanic outreach director, Juan Hernandez, as a senior fellow of its Comprehensive Immigration Reform Initiative.

    As WND reported, Hernandez serves as a non-paid volunteer for the McCain campaign. A dual Mexican-U.S. citizen, he was a member of former President Vicente Fox's cabinet, representing an estimate 24 million Mexicans living abroad. Hernandez, with a "Mexico first" message, has argued aggressively against building a fence on the Mexican border, insisting the frontier needed to remain wide open so illegal immigrants could easily enter the U.S.

    The July 6, 2001, homepage of the Reform Institute archived on the Internet lists founder McCain as chairman of the group's advisory committee.

    Prominent senior officials on the McCain 2008 presidential campaign staff found generously paid positions at the Reform Institute following the senator's unsuccessful run for the White House in 2000.

    Rick Davis, McCain's current campaign manager, was paid $110,000 a year by the Reform Institute for a consulting position, according to the group's 2003 Form 990 filing with the IRS.

    In 2004, Davis advanced to the position of Reform Institute president, with an annual salary of $120,000, according to the group's 2004 Form 990.

    In 2005, Davis remained president, but his salary dropped back to $45,000 a year, with a time commitment of five hours per week, according the 2005 Form 990.

    Carla Eudy, a senior advisor on McCain's 2008 presidential campaign who until recently headed fundraising, was paid $177,885 in 2005 to serve as the Reform Institute's secretary-treasurer.

    Other McCain presidential campaign staffers who have found employment at the Reform Institute include Trevor Potter, McCain's 2000 legal counsel, and Crystal Benton, the senator's former press secretary, who served as institute's communications director in 2005 for an annual salary of $52,083.

    The Reform Institute regularly has supported McCain in various legislative efforts, including on campaign finance reform, global warming and "comprehensive immigration reform," all efforts widely opposed by many in the party's conservative base.

    Arianna Huffington, syndicated columnist and creator of the HuffingtonPost.com, has served on the Reform Institute's advisory committee since the group's inception.
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    Should one really be surprised?
     
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    I just wonder what the McCain supporters have to say about this?

    You still want to vote for a guy supported by Soros? A candidate so far in bed with the liberals that even lefty Huff-n-Puff-ington speaks on his behalf? :eusa_wall:

    I guess it's just about choosing the lesser of two evils....or is it? :eusa_think:
     
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    And, of course, worldnetdaily is such a reliable source that we should believe it without question.

    And, not for nothing, McCain's the best of the bad bunch you had to offer... at least he knows (or knew until last week) what torture is. Wouldn't shock me if people hedged their bets. Most corporations that donate money donate some to both sides.
     
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    Theresa Heinz Kerry is actually a Republican. She just registered as a Democrat when Mr. Kerry ran for president. Also, if the Conservative is so against John McCain, where are they at when it is time to go to the polls? I'll tell you where they are, they are voting for John McCain.
     
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    You're probably right. Like Rev. Jerry Falwell once said, his people would rather vote for Beelzebub than Hillary Clinton. Like McCain's own mother said, people will probably just have to hold their noses and vote for him.

    Since 1998 only 4 Senators (Lincoln Chafee, Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe and Arlen Specter)
    had lower American Conservative Union scores than John McCain which in 2006 was a half-assed 65.

    One could at least rationalize that at least a score of 65 is better than either Hillary's or Obama's identical scores which barely appeared on the chart, both scoring a dismal 8.

    http://www.anncoulter.org/
     

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