At the center of Washington,D.C.,politics,a powerful group of left-wing activists has leveraged big money,high-level White House access and tax-code loopholes to create a lobbying organization dressed up as an educational nonprofit with the benign name of a laundry detergent.
The Tides Foundation is a favorite charity of such big-name liberal donors as Teresa Heinz Kerry (ketchup up heiress and wife of Secretary of State John Kerry) and Barbra Streisand. The two have given Tides more than $8.5 million over the years.
And Tides has a lesser-known benefactor:You. From 2009 to 2011,the most recent years for which data is available,the federal government has given Tides some $28 million in grants paid for by American taxpayers.
With offices in Washington,D.C.,and Manhattan,the organization is headquartered in a nondescript peach-colored building on a hilltop in San Francisco’s tony Presidio district. Lucas Film is a next-door neighbor and the Golden Gate Bridge is a short jaunt away. Every year,from Tides HQ,the organization pushes $300 million through a network of hundreds of left-wing groups.
Tides says it’s working to “promote and support emerging social change and educational programs.” In fact,its programs are a checklist of liberalism’s most ambitious agenda:the Open Society Institute of George Soros,AFL-CIO,the Iraq Peace Fund,the Arab American Action Network,American Civil Liberties Union,the pro-Castro groups United for Peace and Justice and Center for Constitutional Rights,along with groups opposing free trade and gun ownership while advocating green energy and government-funded abortion.
Read More at watchdog.org . By Tori Richards.
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