Billionaire Ponies Up Millions for Political Ads

  Billionaire Ponies Up Millions for Political Ads

Posted by CN Staff on October 07, 2004 at 20:13:56 PT
By Tom Held 
Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel  

George Soros, who built a fortune gambling on financial markets, has upped the ante again in his effort to oust George W. Bush from the White House, spending $2 million on newspaper ads in 11 key states.Along with another $1 million for mailers and Web site support, the latest outlay pushes Soros' contribution to the Democratic presidential efforts beyond $21 million. He previously contributed millions to America Coming Together and the Center for American Progress, which have supported an aggressive ad campaign against the president.
Soros' lavish spending has drawn criticism from Republicans, who find his contributions hypocritical, given his financial support for the groups that championed the McCain-Feingold campaign finance legislation.Heather Layman, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee, said voters also should question Soros' influence on Kerry's policy decisions."It's natural to wonder if John Kerry supports George Soros on things like legalizing marijuana and saying that the president's words conjure up memories of Nazi Germany," Layman said.Soros said he decided to put another $3 million behind Sen. John Kerry (D-Massachusetts) to counter the momentum Bush generated at the Republican National Convention and through ads attacking Kerry's record as a soldier in Vietnam.The new ads, two pages each in 36 newspapers including the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, began appearing earlier this week. The ad appears in today's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, along with 15 newspapers in swing states.From the Oct. 8, 2004, editions of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Complete Title: Billionaire Ponies Up Millions More for Political AdsSource: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (WI)Author:  Tom HeldPublished: October 8, 2004Copyright: 2004 Milwaukee Journal SentinelContact: jsedit onwis.comWebsite: Articles & Web Site:Soros Foundation Network ‘Sorry’ for Soros Blasts Hastert Over Drug Allegation Marijuana Rights Group Uniting Behind Kerry End Medical Marijuana Prosecution 

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Comment #13 posted by rchandar on October 10, 2004 at 17:18:15 PT:
I think the whole "War on Terror" is a godsend for federal government organizations to seize more power. On top of that, let's be a bit circumspect about all this. The Middle East is very, very remote, and Arabs in this country are very small in number (and usually loyal to the US). But the "new kind of war" is a godsend to authority, it gives them license to destroy constitutional freedoms in the pursuit of a seemingly invincible and nondescript enemy--way past the kind of power we could exercise in the Cold War.--rchandar
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Comment #12 posted by FoM on October 08, 2004 at 12:31:46 PT

It is hysterical! I like when Hillary slaps Bill! Too Much! If we can't laugh at these things we need to lighten up a little I think.
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Comment #11 posted by kaptinemo on October 08, 2004 at 12:23:57 PT:

I'm glad to see JibJab's still around
And that the b*****ds that tried to sue them out of existence haven't won. They provide cuttingly hilarious commentary on American politics, raking every faux icon over the they desperately need to be. Good for them!
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Comment #10 posted by FoM on October 08, 2004 at 09:36:52 PT

I'm So Anxious For The Debate Tonight
I know some people don't want any mainstream party to be the winners in the election this year but I am realistic and it's Bush or Kerry. I believe with all my heart that we have a chance with Kerry. If Kerry does as well as he did during the first debate I will breath so much easier. Thank you George Soros for standing for freedom and hope for those of us that are overwhelmed by what has happened to our country.
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Comment #9 posted by FoM on October 08, 2004 at 09:17:55 PT

Off Topic: Portion of Article
I was getting worried about Ohio and I found this article and it makes me feel better.***Bush carried Ohio by only 165,019 votes in 2000. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the new registrations are 10 to 1 Democratic. John Kerry’s clear victory in the first televised debate has erased Bush’s lead nationally and narrowed it in Ohio.
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Comment #8 posted by FoM on October 08, 2004 at 08:26:20 PT

Jib Jab
They just showed a new comical ad on MSNBC about Kerry and Bush. It's not working at the moment but I think some of you will laugh when you see it.
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on October 08, 2004 at 08:21:12 PT

Please always feel free to post a letter to the editor.
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Comment #6 posted by dongenero on October 08, 2004 at 08:19:39 PT

to the editor
Do you guys mind if I post my letter to the Editor of the Milwaukee J.S.? Dear Editor,
I would like to offer an opinion on the article: Billionaire Ponies Up Millions for Political Ads
George Soros, like many of us, sees the problems in our country and in the policies of our current administration.
 While he supports a true reform of the campaign finance laws, why should he not, in the meantime, take advantage of the very same contribution laws the Republicans take advantage of? The Republican campaign coffers are far richer than that of the Democratic party despite Soros' efforts.It should be pointed out that Mr. Soros has probably made more financial contribution than any one individual to the movement of democracy in Eastern Europe. He has been a champion of freedom and human rights around the world. He is a billionaire and he puts the money to good cause.The RNC of course brings up the issue of marijuana legalization and Soros' support of change in these arguably failed policies of the last 70 years and some tens of billions of dollars. In CNN polls by the way, 80% of the American public support legalization of marijuana for medical purposes and most believe the marijuana laws in general are overly harsh. This includes members of law enforcement as well as state and federal judges.Regarding the statement Soros made "saying that the president's words conjure up memories of Nazi Germany," Soros has those memories to conjure up. His statement to the Washington Post was as follows; Saying he believed the White House was guided by a "supremacist ideology," Soros complained: "America, under Bush, is a danger to the world ... When I hear Bush say, 'You're either with us or against us,' it reminds me of the Germans ... My experiences under Nazi and Soviet rule have sensitized me."Now, I can't speak to memories of being under Nazi or Soviet rule because I havn't been there but, I can agree that I feel the Bush Administration is guided by a "supremacist ideology" and that our Administration is not doing any good at uniting the world, which is essential to world peace. The black and white, intolerant viewpoint of the Bush administration is evident in the arrogant statement "You're either with us or against us."It is one thing to be certain and another to be right.
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Comment #5 posted by global_warming on October 08, 2004 at 07:17:06 PT

Long Live Soro's
It is such irony that this man Soro's who used the corrupted system to acquire his wealth, is now using the same system to bring home his tenets of a free society. It is with my great hope that this powerful man can prevail and bring down this war on drugs/people, bring to our planet a world view that will enable all peoples to live in peace and prosperity.

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Comment #4 posted by dongenero on October 08, 2004 at 06:58:51 PT

Yea, the Republicans are whining because Soros is contributing millions yet supporting Campaign finance reform.The fact is we don't have these reforms and the Repubs certainly take major advantage of it. 
I wouldn't fault Soros for taking the high road in supporting campaign finance reform but using his money to counter the Repubs at their own game in the meantime.Soros has contributed greatly to the spread of democracy in Eastern Europe and the Baltics. Why wouldn't he support change here as well where he sees a problem he can affect.
They always want to portray him as some rich, radical guy with viewpoints that no one else would support.
Certainly, most of us in this forum see the same problems Soros sees. 
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Comment #3 posted by mayan on October 08, 2004 at 06:33:13 PT

Great observation! I was skimming through Kitty Kelley's new book the other day and that is exactly the part that caught my eye! Mike Ruppert also brings this dark history to light in his video, "The Truth & Lies of 9/11". Here's an article of his that touches on the subject... The Best Enemies Money Can Buy - From Hitler To Saddam Hussein to Osama bin Laden - Insider Connections and the Bush Family's Partnership with Killers of Americans:
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Comment #2 posted by goneposthole on October 08, 2004 at 05:03:05 PT

It's his money
Nobody else's. If he wants to spend it millions at a time, nobody can stop him. Nobody's business except his own.The Republicans sure can sqawk when something doesn't go their way.
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Comment #1 posted by kaptinemo on October 08, 2004 at 04:50:45 PT:

Ms. Layman may soon be fired
One thing I learned long ago: never give your opponents ideas.She made a very serious mistake, bringing up the Nazis - because of the Bush family's connections to them:Google search for Bush Family Nazis: of a link between the US first family and the Nazi war machine have circulated for decades. Now the Guardian can reveal how repercussions of events that culminated in action under the Trading with the Enemy Act are still being felt by today's president Ben Aris in Berlin and Duncan Campbell in Washington Saturday September 25, 2004
The Guardian,12271,1312540,00.htmlIf Ms. Layman wants to keep her cushy job, she better start dissembling right now. Because there's several tons of fascist dirt drenched in the blood of innocents the Bush Family assisted in murdering just waiting to be dug up and hurled at her Dear Leader.

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