Tom Tancredo's Unsavory Backers
The Long Knives are Out
By Leon H Wolf Posted in 2008 — Comments (171) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
With the announcement of the formation of Tom Tancredo's exploratory committee, Congressman Tancredo has announced his intention to take his anti-immigration show on the road nationally. As a result of that, some folks are taking a closer look at exactly who pays Tancredo's tab, and the result isn't pretty. The American Spectator has a piece today which reads, in part:
In fact, it's not clear Tancredo is in line with the mainstream, social conservative wing of the GOP he seeks to align himself with. According to campaign finance reports, one of Tancredo's biggest financial backers has been the family of Dr. John Tanton, the founder of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). Wall Street Journal editorial-page features writer Jason Riley wrote a devastating piece about the organization back in 2004, in which the group's pro-abortion and pro-eugenics roots were revealed.
Tanton is also one of the most prominent conservative financiers of Planned Parenthood in the United States, having helped found in the mid-1960s the first Planned Parenthood chapter in northern Michigan.
Tancredo appears to have embraced FAIR's extreme and repugnant policy positions, having accepted more than $20,000 from the FAIR PAC and personal donations from Tanton between 1996 and 2006. Over the past ten years, according to Federal Election Commission reports, FAIR has provided more than $15,000 to Tancredo campaigns and PACs. Tanton has given Tancredo $7,000, while donating $28,000 to FAIR's political action arm.
The details of the Riley WSJ piece are indeed devastating. The article (available on Lexis) reads in part:
The Federation for American Immigration Reform and the Center for Immigration Studies may strike right-wing poses in the press, but both groups support big government, mock federalism, deride free markets and push a cultural agenda abhorrent to any self-respecting social conservative.
FAIR's founder and former president is John Tanton, an eye doctor who opened the first Planned Parenthood chapter in northern Michigan. By Dr. Tanton's own reckoning, FAIR has received more than $1.5 million from the Pioneer Fund, a white-supremacist outfit devoted to racial purity through eugenics.
Board members of FAIR actively promote the sterilization of Third World women for the purposes of reducing U.S. immigration prospects. And if anything disturbs the good doctor more than those Latin American hordes crossing the Rio Grande, it's the likelihood that most of them are Catholic, or so he once told a Reuters reporter.
CIS, an equally repugnant FAIR offshoot, is a big fan of China's one-child policy and publishes books advocating looser limits on abortion and wider use of RU-486. CIS considers the Sierra Club, which cites "stabilizing world population" fourth on its 21st century to-do list, as too moderate. And like FAIR, CIS has called for a target U.S. population of 150 million, about half of what it is today.
Tancredo clearly aims to take the majority of his support from social conservatives in the upcoming 2008 race. Somewhat problematically for Tancredo, he's apparently been laying down with Margaret Sanger types for a very long time, and nevermind the fleas.
I make no bones about the fact that I'm not in line with Tancredo on his one big issue, but a person with even modest social conservative convictions would simply not be funded by an organization whose activities are as repugnant as FAIR's. That Tancredo has says a lot about where he really stands.
UPDATE by Leon: In case any are inclined to view this as alarmist, here's the Pioneer Fund in their own terms.