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    The Puppeteer

    <span class="ev_code_GREY">The organized anti-immigration 'movement,' increasingly in bed with racist hate groups, is dominated by one man, John Tanton</span>


    John Tanton's network
    of anti-immigrant groups includes these 13 organizations..

    Read more


    'WITAN Memo' I
    Read this addition to the Intelligence Report, found exclusively online, that lays out Tanton's plans to further insert FAIR into U.S. politics.

    Read more


    'WITAN Memo' II
    The second 'WITAN' memo reviews FAIR's history and urges FAIR to take on legal "” not just illegal "” immigrants. Conner's vision for a 'Border Security Project' seems to presage today's controversies involving Ranch Rescue and other groups.

    Read more


    'WITAN Memo' III
    Addressed to attendees of Tanton's exclusive retreats, where colleagues met to discuss the future of immigration, this memo is the most explicit, discussing Latinos and others in derogatory terms.

    Read more


    Grassroots "” or Astroturf?
    To be sure, this was no grassroots effort. Nor is NumbersUSA, in any sense of the word, a grassroots organization.

    Despite attempts to appear otherwise, it is a wholly owned subsidiary of U.S. Inc., a sprawling, nonprofit funding conduit that has spawned three anti-immigration groups and underwrites several others, many of which were represented at the NumbersUSA conclave.

    What's more, this interlocking network of supposedly independent organizations is almost entirely the handiwork of one man, a Michigan ophthalmologist named John H. Tanton.

    A four-month investigation by the Intelligence Report, conducted in the aftermath of the September terrorist attacks, found that the appearance of an array of groups with large membership bases is nothing more than a mirage.

    In fact, the vast majority of American anti-immigration groups "” more than a dozen in all "” were either formed, led, or in other ways made possible through Tanton's efforts.

    The principal funding arm of the movement, U.S. Inc., is a Tanton creation, and millions of dollars in financing comes from just a few of his allies, far-right foundations like those controlled by the family of Richard Mellon Scaife.

    Moreover, tax returns suggest that claims of huge numbers of members "” in the case of one group, more than 250,000 "” are geometric exaggerations put forward to create a false picture of a "movement" that politicians should pay attention to.

    Finally, even as activists court increasing numbers of national politicians in the wake of Sept. 11, the Report's investigation reveals that they are moving in large numbers into the arms of hate groups like the Council of Conservative Citizens "” a 15,000-member organization whose website recently described blacks as "a retrograde species of humanity."

    In fact, many anti-immigration groups have been growing harder- and harder-line since 1998, when they first began working together with open white supremacists. Today, many of their leading officials have joined racist organizations.

    There's a word in Washington for outfits like these anti-immigration organizations "” "astroturf," meaning that they lack any genuine grassroots base.

    That such groups, with their increasingly direct links to racist organizations, should have real power in the nation's capital may seem hard to believe.

    But Americans have grown increasingly xenophobic in the wake of the September terrorist attacks, and the rapid growth of the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus that Tancredo heads reflects that "” from just 10 legislators prior to the attacks to 59 by May.

    What kind of influence do extremists have in this congressional caucus?

    Although that is hard to measure, the caucus website now carries a prominent link to an outfit called American Patrol "” a racist hate group run by Californian Glenn Spencer.

    With a tip of the hat to Tancredo and the other legislators who have helped to provide him legitimacy, Spencer recently deleted from his website the image of a cartoon figure urinating on a Latino Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient.

    From Environment to Race
    It is not often that a single individual is largely responsible for creating an entire political movement. But John Tanton can claim without exaggeration that he is the founding father of America's modern anti-immigration movement.

    In addition to directly controlling four prominent immigration restriction groups, Tanton has been critical in establishing or helping fund several other anti-immigration groups.

    He serves on the board of the group with the largest membership, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), which he founded 23 years ago.

    It was an odd turn of events for an erstwhile liberal activist who loved beekeeping and the rural life.

    Raising a family and practicing medicine in Petoskey, Mich., Tanton started out as a passionate environmentalist. In the 1960s and early 1970s, he was a leader in the National Audubon Society, the Sierra Club and other mainstream environmental groups.

    But Tanton soon became fixated on population control, seeing environmental degradation as the inevitable result of overpopulation.

    When the indigenous birth rate fell below replacement level in the United States, his preoccupation turned to immigration. And this soon led him to race.

    Tanton had something akin to a conversion when he came across The Camp of the Saints, a lurid, racist novel written by Frenchman Jean Raspail that depicts an invasion of the white, Western world by a fleet of starving, dark-skinned refugees.

    Tanton helped get the novel published in English and soon was promoting what he considered the book's prophetic argument.

    "Their [Third World] 'huddled masses' cast longing eyes on the apparent riches of the industrial west," Tanton wrote in 1975. "The developed countries lie directly in the path of a great storm."

    And so he began to develop a counter-force. After 1979, when he co-founded FAIR, Tanton launched "a whole array of organizations that serve the overall ideological and political battle plan to halt immigration "” even if those groups have somewhat differing politics," explained Rick Swartz, the pro-immigration activist who founded the National Immigration Forum in 1982.

    "Tanton is the puppeteer behind this entire movement," Swartz said. "He is the organizer of a significant amount of its financing, and is both the major recruiter of key personnel and the intellectual leader of the whole network of groups."

    Tanton declined to be interviewed for this story.


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  • #2
    The Puppeteer

    <span class="ev_code_GREY">The organized anti-immigration 'movement,' increasingly in bed with racist hate groups, is dominated by one man, John Tanton</span>


    John Tanton's network
    of anti-immigrant groups includes these 13 organizations..

    Read more


    'WITAN Memo' I
    Read this addition to the Intelligence Report, found exclusively online, that lays out Tanton's plans to further insert FAIR into U.S. politics.

    Read more


    'WITAN Memo' II
    The second 'WITAN' memo reviews FAIR's history and urges FAIR to take on legal "” not just illegal "” immigrants. Conner's vision for a 'Border Security Project' seems to presage today's controversies involving Ranch Rescue and other groups.

    Read more


    'WITAN Memo' III
    Addressed to attendees of Tanton's exclusive retreats, where colleagues met to discuss the future of immigration, this memo is the most explicit, discussing Latinos and others in derogatory terms.

    Read more


    Grassroots "” or Astroturf?
    To be sure, this was no grassroots effort. Nor is NumbersUSA, in any sense of the word, a grassroots organization.

    Despite attempts to appear otherwise, it is a wholly owned subsidiary of U.S. Inc., a sprawling, nonprofit funding conduit that has spawned three anti-immigration groups and underwrites several others, many of which were represented at the NumbersUSA conclave.

    What's more, this interlocking network of supposedly independent organizations is almost entirely the handiwork of one man, a Michigan ophthalmologist named John H. Tanton.

    A four-month investigation by the Intelligence Report, conducted in the aftermath of the September terrorist attacks, found that the appearance of an array of groups with large membership bases is nothing more than a mirage.

    In fact, the vast majority of American anti-immigration groups "” more than a dozen in all "” were either formed, led, or in other ways made possible through Tanton's efforts.

    The principal funding arm of the movement, U.S. Inc., is a Tanton creation, and millions of dollars in financing comes from just a few of his allies, far-right foundations like those controlled by the family of Richard Mellon Scaife.

    Moreover, tax returns suggest that claims of huge numbers of members "” in the case of one group, more than 250,000 "” are geometric exaggerations put forward to create a false picture of a "movement" that politicians should pay attention to.

    Finally, even as activists court increasing numbers of national politicians in the wake of Sept. 11, the Report's investigation reveals that they are moving in large numbers into the arms of hate groups like the Council of Conservative Citizens "” a 15,000-member organization whose website recently described blacks as "a retrograde species of humanity."

    In fact, many anti-immigration groups have been growing harder- and harder-line since 1998, when they first began working together with open white supremacists. Today, many of their leading officials have joined racist organizations.

    There's a word in Washington for outfits like these anti-immigration organizations "” "astroturf," meaning that they lack any genuine grassroots base.

    That such groups, with their increasingly direct links to racist organizations, should have real power in the nation's capital may seem hard to believe.

    But Americans have grown increasingly xenophobic in the wake of the September terrorist attacks, and the rapid growth of the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus that Tancredo heads reflects that "” from just 10 legislators prior to the attacks to 59 by May.

    What kind of influence do extremists have in this congressional caucus?

    Although that is hard to measure, the caucus website now carries a prominent link to an outfit called American Patrol "” a racist hate group run by Californian Glenn Spencer.

    With a tip of the hat to Tancredo and the other legislators who have helped to provide him legitimacy, Spencer recently deleted from his website the image of a cartoon figure urinating on a Latino Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient.

    From Environment to Race
    It is not often that a single individual is largely responsible for creating an entire political movement. But John Tanton can claim without exaggeration that he is the founding father of America's modern anti-immigration movement.

    In addition to directly controlling four prominent immigration restriction groups, Tanton has been critical in establishing or helping fund several other anti-immigration groups.

    He serves on the board of the group with the largest membership, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), which he founded 23 years ago.

    It was an odd turn of events for an erstwhile liberal activist who loved beekeeping and the rural life.

    Raising a family and practicing medicine in Petoskey, Mich., Tanton started out as a passionate environmentalist. In the 1960s and early 1970s, he was a leader in the National Audubon Society, the Sierra Club and other mainstream environmental groups.

    But Tanton soon became fixated on population control, seeing environmental degradation as the inevitable result of overpopulation.

    When the indigenous birth rate fell below replacement level in the United States, his preoccupation turned to immigration. And this soon led him to race.

    Tanton had something akin to a conversion when he came across The Camp of the Saints, a lurid, racist novel written by Frenchman Jean Raspail that depicts an invasion of the white, Western world by a fleet of starving, dark-skinned refugees.

    Tanton helped get the novel published in English and soon was promoting what he considered the book's prophetic argument.

    "Their [Third World] 'huddled masses' cast longing eyes on the apparent riches of the industrial west," Tanton wrote in 1975. "The developed countries lie directly in the path of a great storm."

    And so he began to develop a counter-force. After 1979, when he co-founded FAIR, Tanton launched "a whole array of organizations that serve the overall ideological and political battle plan to halt immigration "” even if those groups have somewhat differing politics," explained Rick Swartz, the pro-immigration activist who founded the National Immigration Forum in 1982.

    "Tanton is the puppeteer behind this entire movement," Swartz said. "He is the organizer of a significant amount of its financing, and is both the major recruiter of key personnel and the intellectual leader of the whole network of groups."

    Tanton declined to be interviewed for this story.


    Click here to read full article
    ___________________________________

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    One day it will have to be officially admitted that

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      as usual, misguided illegal alien supporters believe that those who do not support border jumping, visa cheating illegals are racist...yet, I ask you (for the umpteenth time)...just what 'race' are illegals? They are not a race; they are a disease.

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      • #4
        John Tanton - Puppetmaster - Mastermind - Manipulator

        by SJ Reidhead on Sun 25 Jun 2006 12:18 AM MDT

        <span class="ev_code_RED">NOTE: I began this article late last night and posted it too soon, without my edits. Have fun. It has taken about five hours for me to finish this piece, so don't expect anything new until late Monday and maybe not then (if Fed Ex decides to deliver my new laptop). You have enough to keep you busy for hours.

        Oh, make sure you read the Berkowitz piece on Lou Dobbs and his new alliances with all the Tanton players.

        </span>

        Chris Cannon has a problem. He is up against the mastermind, puppet master, Tanton anti-immigration machine. And, he knows it. At least someone on the Hill knows it and recognizes the problem. And, part of the problem is John Tanton.

        John Tanton is the mastermind behind many of the problems with the 'conservative' perception of immigration. He has waited years for his plans to reach the boiling point where they are today. Unfortunately very few conservatives will acknowledge his background, who he is, his links to planned parenthood, abortion, and racism. The only exposes' have been conducted by the SPLC and the ADL.

        Tanton, a disciple of Garrett Hardin of the Pioneer Fund, has indrect links to some very bad characters. "Many involved in the early years of the fund, including its first president Harry H. Laughlin, maintained "contacts with many of the Nazi scientists whose work provided the conceptual template for Hitler's aspiration toward 'racial hygiene' in Germany," according to an Albany Law Review article by Paul Lombardo. In The Funding of Scientific Racism, scholar William Tucker reveals how Pioneer board members and grantees sought to block the civil rights movement in the 1960s. " SPLC.

        During the 1980's Tanton attempted a takeover of the Sierra Club. "One such group, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), was a leader in the campaign for Proposition 187. Their founding president, John Tanton, heads the anti-bilingual group, US English, and has specifically targeted the Sierra Club for the anti-immigrant message. In a 1986 memo printed in the San Jose Mercury News Tanton writes, "as whites see their power and control over their lives declining, will they simply go quietly into the night? Or will there be an explosion?" He also said, "The Sierra Club may not want to touch the immigration issue, but the immigration issue is going to touch the Sierra Club." Another group is the Carrying Capacity Network (CCN). Along with their professed environmental concerns, CCN sponsored the grossly inaccurate and now discredited Huddle study on the costs of immigration which was used to rationalize California's Proposition 187."

        "...The racist underpinnings of these pseudo-environmental organizations are underscored by the fact that they all receive funding from the Pioneer Fund, which has been described by the San Francisco Chronicle as "a New York organization that finances research seeking proof of the genetic superiority of the white race," and by the London Sunday Telegraph as a "neo-nazi organization closely integrated with the far Right in American politics." The Pioneer Fund was established in 1937 by Wycliffe Draper a "textile millionaire who advocated sending blacks back to Africa" (Discovery Journal, 7/9/94) and Harry Laughlin, a "eugenics advocate [who] received an honorary degree from Heidelberg University for his contributions to Nazi eugenics and 'racial hygiene.'" (Irish Times, 5/23/94). Since 1982, the Pioneer Fund has given over a million dollars to FAIR and other anti-immigrant organizations. "

        Tanton is so involved in various organizations it is hard to decide where one begins and one ends. From a linking on Eagle Forum, we go to Americans for Better Immigration, which is part of the American Worker. org Let's face it, after awhile, you get just plain tired of chasing these things. They all belong to or associated with Tanton.

        Tanton's organizations are incestious, linked, funded from primary sources, over blown, over-inflated membership numbers, and are designed to manipulate the Washington Political Scene as the SPLC article discloses. "Typically, American politicians respond most to those groups that seem to represent a real constituency -- groups whose leaders are presumed to be able to command votes and money. Obviously, it was in the interest of the now struggling anti-immigration groups to appear to have large numbers of paid-up members. First of all, the vast majority of funding for most of these groups comes from just a handful of donors, many of them large, right-wing foundations. In 2000, the latest year for which tax returns are available, Vinson's American Immigration Control Foundation (AICF) received 90% of its funding from just three contributors. Five contributions accounted for 82% of U.S. Inc.'s income in the same year. Fifty-eight percent of fair's 2000 donations were provided by six donors. Fourteen donors account for 94% of the Center for Immigration Studies income for that year. The narrow funding base of such groups becomes even more apparent in cases like that of FAIR (with a budget of $4.2 million in 2000), which received more than $6 million from a single donor between 1996 and 1999. U.S. Inc. (whose 2000 budget was $2.3 million) likewise got nearly $5 million in that period from one donor, while three other Tanton-linked organizations were given $1 million to $2 million donations by single donors."

        It doesn't matter where you go, you end up with Tanton. Try Pro English. Yep, he's there.

        'Tanton formed a White Supremacist group called WITAN, which makes racist assumptions and stereotypes against Latinos:

        Along with a few other FAIR board members, in the early 1980s Tanton founded a nationalist organization called WITAN-short for the Old English term "witenagemot," meaning "council of wise men." In 1986, Tanton signed a memo that went to WITAN members that highlighted the supremacist bent of Tanton and FAIR. (7)(8) The memo charged that Latin American immigrants brought a culture of political corruption with them to the United States and that they were unlikely to involve themselves in civil life. He raised the alarm that they could become the majority group in U.S. society. What's more, he asked: "Can **** contraceptivus compete with **** progenitiva?"

        And more connections:

        "Hope, thanks for the info! I just spent a couple or three hours going through the 990s and websites of these bozos. These right wingers all have the same m.o - 501(c)(4)s and 501(c)(3)s with questionable expenses. The 990s are online at the Foundation Center's 990 Finder, an invaluable public service, and Guidestar, another invaluable public sevice that requires free registration.

        Before I touch on John Tanton et al, I want to mention that, accordking to Grover Norquist's 2004 Americans For Tax Reform 990, ATRF made a $650k grant to the "National Alliance" at 10424 Woodbury Woods Court, Fairfax, VA 22032. I can't find any such organization named "National Alliance" at that address but I did find a William A. Wilson, Terms Limits Foundation director, and a right wing pac, Term Limits America, listed there. You don't Grover Norquist gave $650k gave to the neo-Nazis, do you?

        NumbersUSA Action Inc., NumbersUSA Education and Research Foundation and Americans For Better Immigration Inc. are all headed by Roy Beck. John Tanton is only listed as vice chairman of Better Immigration and is absent on the 990s of both NumbersUSA entities. The three entities share expenses, employees and facilities.

        Todd Baldwin is the only other director of NumbersUSA Action.

        The other officers and directors of NumbersUSA Foundation are:

        Rosemay Jenks
        James Robb
        Edwin Childress
        Gary Gerst
        Tom McCowen
        Jim Oberweis

        Unfortunately, only the 2004 990 is available for NumbersUSA Action and Better Immigration. All of Better's expenses, $1.3 million, went to consulting fees, none of which were disclosed.

        NumbersUSA Action and NumbersUSA Foundation were created in May 2002. NumbersaUSA.Com is a for-profit corporation created in August 2001 and Roy Beck is the president.

        According to Lexis-Nexis, U.S. Inc. was registered to John H. Tanton in 1981 and is still active. I can't find any 990s for U. S. Inc., however. Apparently, U.S. Inc. operates under the following assumed names:

        U.S. Inc.
        Growth and Development Forum
        Social Contract PressProEnglish

        John Tanton is a ProEnglish director and K.C. McAlpin is the executive director. The other directors and officers are listed on the website. I couldn't find 990s for ProEnglish.

        I think Tanton's network is more extensive than you realize. For example, Americans for Better Immigration website links to the Coalition for the Future American Worker. More than 20 different entities are listed there.

        Prior to 12/05, U.S. also operated as NumbersUSA.Com.

        The 2004 Center for Immigration Studies directors are:

        Mark Krikorian
        Steven Camarota
        Dr. Vernon Briggs, Jr.
        Thomas C. T. Brokaw (Not the Tom Brokaw on TV, is it?)
        Dr. Otis Graham, Jr.
        Dr. George Grayson
        Dr. Frank Morris, Sr.
        Scott McConnell
        Peter Nunez
        Patrick Burns
        T. Willard Fair
        William Chip
        Carol Iannone"

        Much of the information we have on Tanton comes from the Southern Poverty Law Center. And a piece entitled "The Puppeteer" that they ran in 2005. And so, because it comes from the SPLC, many of our dear "Conservatives" automatically dismiss it. I would be a hypocrite if I did not mention the 'liberal' supporters of the SPLC the way I constantly complain about 'ultra conservative' supporters of th anti-illegal crowd.

        "The Puppeteer

        June 18, 2002 -- Before he even said a word, U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) got a standing ovation from the 27 anti-immigration activists who gathered at the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, D.C., on the morning of Feb. 13 to kick off a two-day lobbying effort on Capitol Hill.

        Tancredo, chairman of the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus, proceeded to regale his audience with ominous warnings of a global plot to destroy the United States. Many countries are pushing immigration in order to erode American sovereignty, Tancredo warned."

        Now here's the deal:


        "...The meeting with Tancredo and Bilbray -- and the entire lobbying operation in mid-February -- was masterminded by NumbersUSA, an anti-immigration group that had recently opened a "government relations office" in a three-story, red-brick Victorian near the Capitol.... Patrick McHugh of the Washington-based Center for Immigration Studies, which purports to be a squeaky clean think tank that rejects racism, was there pressing the flesh along with Barbara Coe, head of the California Coalition for Immigration Reform, [Want more info about just who Barbara Coe, Jim Gilchrist, and their minions associate with? It is all here:...This brings us to another organization identified by the SPLC as a hate group - California Coalition for Immigration Reform (CCIR) founded and headed by Barbara Coe in Orange County, California. CCIR earned its hate-group status for its inflammatory rhetoric towards illegal-immigrants and Mexican-Americans, and covert encouragement to assail them. On multiple occasions Coe works with Glenn Spencer, founder of American Patrol also identified as a hate group by the SPLC. Spencer has close ties to neo-Nazi groups frequently using their volunteer services such as having a video he produced delivered to each member of Congress by Bettina McCann the then fiancé of neo-Nazi leader, Steven Berry, as reported the SPLC." From Hispanic Vista.Com ]

        and back to the piece at hand..."(Barbara Coe) who repeatedly referred to Mexicans -- as she has for years -- as "savages." The Citizens Informer, a white supremacist tabloid put out by the Council of Conservative Citizens hate group, was available." Bill Berkowitz has a piece on Coe, the CofCC and Lou Dobbs.

        NumbersUSA executive directorRoy Beck, [ scroll down to the center of the page, for the Social Contact Press where Beck is one of the editors along with Tanton] a long-time friend of Coe's, adopted a more moderate tone when he addressed his guests and told them what they should be doing to end the current immigration regime. It would be better, Beck counseled, if their attempts to lobby legislators that week did not appear to be orchestrated by NumbersUSA. For their campaign to be effective, he said, it "needs to look like a grassroots effort." Chris Cannon has another expose of Beck on his campaign site.

        And for those who think there is no connection between the CofCC and the Neo-Nazi bunch, check this out from the American Nationalist Union Discussion Forum: The topic is the Citizen Informer, the official pub of the CofCC. "The paper is important because it marks the first, and really the only time, that I've ever seen a pub from C of CC that "Names the Evil". All previous years such discussion has been strictly verboten. The Citizens Informer is an excellent paper, but has always stuck to criticism of general anti-White bigotry and especially anti-Confederate activity. Never were the actual perpetrators ever mentioned by name.The arrival of Samuel Francis as the head kahuna was a huge boost. He brought C of CC instant credibility and fervor. During his short tenure I think the high-watermark was publication of "Neoconservatism", and the official combination of C of CC with Citizens Informer was smart and favorable. Now Sam is dead. Horrible! It remains to be seen who and how will pick up the ball at C of CC. A weak return to senile rants about that mean ol' Federal Government and institutional anti-Whitism will ensure C of CC irrelevance for years to come."

        Back to Tanton....He controls, funds, or inspires many of the anti-immigration groups. The SPLC did a listing of them.

        "The Network
        June 18, 2002 -- The organized anti-immigration "movement" is almost entirely the handiwork of one man, Michigan activist John H. Tanton. Here is a list of 13 groups in the loose-knit Tanton network, followed by acronyms if the groups use them, founding dates, and Tanton's role in the groups.

        Those organizations designated as hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center are marked with an asterisk (*).

        NOTE: When checking out these 'astroturf' organizations, go to the 'about' page. You will usually find no names, just a linking back to another Tanton supported site.

        *American Immigration Control Foundation (AICF) 1983, funded

        *American Patrol/Voice of Citizens Together
        1992, funded On their "About" page you get a listing of Social Contact books to buy. Remember Tanton is one of the editors of Social Contact Press.

        California Coalition for Immigration Reform (CCIR)
        1994, funded They are promoting a book "Fighting Immigration Anarchy" They link to Glenn Spencer's Border Patrol where the web site looks identical. Now one thing in Beck's favor is he is one of the few people to actually own up to his site and his work.

        Californians for Population Stabilization1996, funded Dear Conservative - please check out their Board of Directors - it is made up of enviromentalists and pro abortion folks. Don't you get this yet? John Tanton, the person who has made all of the anti-immigration hype possible is a major league pro-abortion person. His inspiration, Garrett Hardin, advocated 2 children per family and forced abortions and sterilizations following the 2nd child. We're talking murdered babies people. But, I suppose that's okay as long as they are legal American babies? Right?

        Try this board member "Eddie Tabash, J.D., Board Member, is a practicing attorney and has been the most publicly active man in the pro-choice movement in California for over 20 years, making over 1,000 public presentations on behalf of California affiliates of the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League. In 2001, he was second out of four in the Democratic Primary for the California State Assembly in the 55th Assembly District. Mr. Tabash is a graduate of UCLA and received his J.D. from Loyola University's School of Law."

        Center for Immigration Studies (CIS)
        1985, founded and funded

        Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)
        1979, founded and funded Once again, dear Conservative, check their Board of Directors. We're dealing with enviromentalists and pro-abortion people. When are you going to realize these people are extremely liberal and are using you?

        Rightweb says of FAIR: "FAIR was created following a factional split in Zero Population Growth led by John Tanton. Along with Sidney Swensrud and Sharon Barnes, Tanton founded FAIR in 1979. FAIR's links to other local and national organizations that are stridently anti-immigrant, anti-Latino, and supremacist have undermined FAIR's own credibility and led to questions about the underlying agenda of its restrictionist approach to immigration. "

        And this is what the SPLC says about FAIR: If this isn't racist, I don't know what is.

        Federation for American Immigration Reform
        Washington, D.C.
        www.fairus.org

        Founded in 1978 by John H. Tanton, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) is one of the country's best-established anti-immigration groups "” and the richest beneficiary among them of the largesse of the infamous Pioneer Fund.

        The Fund, which has long subsidized dubious studies of the alleged links between race and intelligence, awarded FAIR $1.2 million between 1985 and 1994, according to the Institute for the Study of Academic Racism. FAIR now says that it has severed its links to the controversial Fund.

        Today, FAIR claims a staggering 70,000 members, although that number is almost certainly inflated. Tanton remains on FAIR's board and also is the publisher of The Social Contract Press, which sells racist anti-immigrant tracts.

        Dan Stein, the group's executive director, has warned that certain immigrant groups are engaged in "competitive breeding" aimed at diminishing white power. Rick Oltman, FAIR's western representative, has spoken before and worked with the racist Council of Conservative Citizens.

        Garrett Hardin, a FAIR board member, has argued that aiding starving Africans is counterproductive and will only "encourage population growth." Overall, FAIR blames immigrants for crime, poverty, disease, urban sprawl and increasing racial tensions in America, and calls for a drastic cut in the numbers of those allowed in.

        FAIR recently helped run a billboard campaign in Virginia blaming immigrants for traffic and sprawl. Last summer, FAIR attacked Sen. Spencer Abraham (R-Mich.), an Arab-American, for supporting more visas for foreigners with high-technology skills.

        In radio and TV ads, it said Abraham's proposal could "make it easier for [Arab] terrorists like Osama bin Laden to export their way of terror to any street in America." FAIR's ads were condemned across the country and caused former Sen. Alan K. Simpson (R-Wyo.) to resign from FAIR's advisory board.

        In a 1997 interview, Tanton said that unless U.S. borders are sealed, America will be overrun by people "defecating and creating garbage and looking for jobs."

        NumbersUSA
        1996, founded and funded

        Rightweb: "NumbersUSA's staff lobbyist Rosemary Jenks provides regular legislative assistance to the Immigration Reform Caucus chaired by Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO). Although she provides regular legislative counsel to the restrictionist caucus, Jenks is not employed by the caucus but is paid entirely through NumbersUSA. (6) (7)"

        And this is where the serious problem is. Decent people like O'Reilly, Hannity, and Rush allow themselves to be spoon fed Numbers USA dribble. The anti-illegal numbers O'Reilly has been using come directly from this bunch. The bottom line here is the fact that YOU CANNOT TRUST any of the stats provided by any Tanton organization.

        Population-Environment Balance
        1973, joined board in 1980 This is a big population-control group. Check their 'abouts'. And, check out the people who are working with their 'alliance'. Yep, we're in deep liberal do-do here. Conservatives have been lead down the primrose path and turned into laughing stock idiots by these guys. And this is so cool, that bastion of right ring wacko conservativism and Malkin lovers VDARE features a panic button letter from one of the Pop. Envir. Bal people. Yep, conservative VDARE, who constantly ****s GWB for not being conservative enough!

        Pro English
        1994, founded and funded And this is where Tanton has roped in conservatives.

        ProjectUSA
        1999, funded

        *The Social Contract Press
        1990, founded and funded

        From Rightweb: "Social Contract Press lists no funding information. According to Tolerance.org, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, the publishing house has been funded through U.S., Inc., a nonprofit pass-through organization created by Tanton in 1982 that also has channeled funding from the Scaife family foundations and other right-wing donors to the following anti-immigration organizations: American Immigration Control Foundation, American Patrol/Voices of Citizens Together, California Coalition for Immigration Reform, Californians for Population Stabilization, FAIR, Numbers USA, Pro English, Project USA, and U.S. English. (6) (7)"

        U.S. English
        1983, founded and funded

        U.S. Inc.
        1982, founded and funded

        &gt;&gt; Founded means a group was founded or co-founded by John Tanton.
        &gt;&gt; Funded means U.S. Inc. -- the funding conduit created and still headed by Tanton -- has made grants to the group. "

        Now that you have a breakdown of the organizations, you can really understand this next portion of the SPLC piece on Tanton.

        "Tanton's strategy was to fight his war on several fronts. FAIR relied heavily on arguments about diminishing resources and jobs. In 1982, Tanton created U.S. Inc. to raise and channel funds to his anti-immigration network. The following year, he created his second major vehicle, U.S. English, which made a cultural argument -- that the English language was in mortal danger of being made irrelevant.

        And later, in 1985, fair would spin off yet another major Tanton organization -- the Center for Immigration Studies, which presented itself as an impartial think tank and later even sought to distance itself from the organization that had birthed it. Today, the Center regularly dispatches experts to testify on Capitol Hill, and last year it was awarded a six-figure research contract by the U.S. Census Bureau.

        In the 1980s, U.S. Inc. provided millions of dollars to FAIR, U.S. English, the Center for Immigration Studies and several similar groups -- the 21st Century Fund, Population-Environment Balance, and the Immigration Reform Law Institute, which is now a litigation arm of FAIR.

        During the 1990s, Tanton's U.S. Inc. adopted a new tactic, creating programs called NumbersUSA, The Social Contract Press (which publishes "The Camp of the Saints"), and Pro English. Although these units would often present themselves as independent, tax forms make it clear that they are merely programs of U.S. Inc.

        Tanton's funding organization, U.S. Inc., also has recently given money to Barbara Coe's California Coalition for Immigration Reform and Glenn Spencer's American Patrol (also known as Voice of Citizens Together), two of the most virulently anti-Hispanic groups in Tanton's network."

        The Nazi link:"Tanton was also careless in several ways. Between 1985 and 1994, FAIR accepted $1.2 million from the Pioneer Fund -- an outfit once described by eugenics expert Barry Mehler as a "neo-Nazi organization, tied to the Nazi eugenics program in the 1930s, that has never wavered in its commitment to eugenics and ideas of human and racial inferiority and superiority." When the Pioneer link was disclosed in 1988, Tanton, who was then president of FAIR's board, said he knew nothing of Pioneer's unsavory history. Yet his group continued to accept Pioneer grants for another six years, until 1994. "

        And enter the extreme right - 'shacking up' with the enviromental, pro-abortion Tanton. It is a match made in hell. The most ****ing information about Tanton, Tancredo, or Gilchrist comes from that same SPLC expose. It isn't nice or for the faint of heart, but it must be read.

        "Joining the extremists: Since 1998, the links have been strengthened between key anti-immigration activists and groups and white supremacist organizations -- in particular, the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC) and American Renaissance (also known by the name of its parent, the New Century Foundation). [ADL expose] That year, Coe, Spencer and Rick Oltman, fair's western regional representative, all came to Cullman, Ala., for a CCC-organized protest against a swelling local population of Mexican workers. After the protest, Vinson, the leader of the American Immigration Control Foundation, began writing of the perils of immigration for the CCC's paper, the "Citizens Informer." Spencer started selling his anti-immigrant videotape in the same tabloid. In 1999, the CCC hosted a panel on immigration that featured four key anti-immigrant activists -- Vinson, Spencer, Population-Environment Balance's Virginia Abernethy [KKK roots exposed] and Wayne Lutton, who had begun to edit "The Social Contract," a Tanton publication, just a year earlier. More recently, Lutton joined the editorial board of the "Citizens Informer" -- and also became a trustee of the racist New Century Foundation, parent of "American Renaissance" magazine. Barbara Coe of California Coalition for Immigration Reform has spoken at three recent CCC conferences and writes regularly for the "Informer." Brent Nelson, who is on the board of Vinson's AICF, began serving as president of the CCC's Conservative Citizens Foundation and as an adviser to the "Informer." Asked by the Intelligence Report about Lutton -- who works out of Tanton's Petoskey, Mich., offices -- and other anti-immigration activists who have climbed on board with hate groups, Tanton declined to answer that or a series of other questions faxed to him by the Report at his request. The questions showed "little evidence of tolerance for differences of opinion," he wrote. Last year, Virginia Abernethy, a professor emeritus at Vanderbilt's medical school and leader of the Tanton-influenced Population-Environment Balance, became the latest in the Tanton network to join the Citizens Informer editorial board. "My view of the Council of Conservative Citizens," she told the Intelligence Report, "is that they support traditional values and the freedom of people to associate with people that they want to associate with." She spoke on the same day that the CCC's Web site carried a comparison of black pop singer Michael Jackson and an ape -- a comparison that Abernethy suggested may have reflected "bad taste," but not racism.

        The threat from the right: Two weeks after the NumbersUSA lobbying trip to the offices of Tom Tancredo and a series of other congressmen, Glenn Spencer, head of the Tanton-funded anti-immigrant American Patrol, was one of the main speakers at a conference hosted by Jared Taylor of "American Renaissance" magazine. Joining Spencer, who warned his audience that a second Mexican-American war would erupt in 2003, was an array of key extremists: Mark Weber, a principal of the Holocaust-denying Institute for Historical Review; white power Web maven, former Klansman and ex-con Don Black; and Gordon Lee Baum, "chief executive officer" of the CCC. In addition, several members of the neo-Nazi National Alliance were present. Neo-Nazis like those of the National Alliance were not among those who lobbied Tancredo and the other politicians during the NumbersUSA event two weeks earlier. But there were strong indications that the Tanton network and some of its new friends did make a number of key inroads in the halls of Congress. The white supremacist CCC, for instance, later boasted in print about how its "members were welcomed ... and made a number of stops" during the lobbying trip. Both congressmen and senators were offered copies of its "Citizens Informer," the group's newspaper reported.

        Several of the anti-immigration activists who attended later claimed that the Tancredo caucus had grown in size specifically because of their lobbying efforts. At the end of the day, the CCC told its members that the Senate was now expected to pass a restrictive visa-tracking bill, which it said President Bush would likely sign. There were other indications, too, of the strength of the Tanton network inside Tancredo's congressional immigration caucus. Rosemary Jenks, who used to be a researcher at the Center for Immigration Studies, and Linda Purdue, who has worked with Tanton for years, are now both lobbyists with NumbersUSA. Addressing her fellow lobbyists with Tancredo still in the room, Jenks said that she and Purdue could be reached any time in Tancredo's offices -- where, she said, they were "virtual staffers."

        And here is a list of Tanton's memberships and affiliations. Note the number of planned parenthood notations.

        Institutional Affiliations - From Rightweb

        NumbersUSA: Founder, 1996 (1)
        ProEnglish: Founder, Former Chairman, and Board, 1993-present (1)(4)
        Social Contract Press: Founder, Former Editor, and Publisher, 1990-present (1) (3) (4) (5) (6)
        E Pluribus Unum: Co-organizer, 1992 (6)
        Emergency Committee on Puerto Rican Statehood and the Status of English in the United States: Co-organizer, 1990 (6)
        American Alliance for Rights and Responsibilities: Co-founder, 1989 (6)
        Center for Immigration Studies: Founder, 1985 (1)
        U.S. English: Co-founder and Chairman, 1982-1988 (1) (4) (6)
        U.S. Inc.: Founder and Chairman, 1982-present (1) (6)
        Population/Environment Balance: Former board member, 1980-1990 (6)
        Federation for American Immigration Reform: Co-founder, Former Chairman and board member, 1979-present (1) (2) (3) (5) (6)
        Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Advisory Commission: Member, 1978-1980 (6)
        Zero Population Growth: National President, 1975-1977 (6)
        Zero Population Growth Immigration Study Committee: Chairman, 1973-1975 (6)
        Zero Population Growth National Executive Committee: Member, 1973-1978 (6)
        Little Traverse Conservancy: Co-organizer, Board, and Former President, 1972-1988 (6)
        Little Traverse Group: Co-organizer, Executive Committee Member, and Former President, 1972-1988 (6)
        11th Congressional District League of Conservation Voters: Organizer, 1970-1974 (6)
        National Long-range Planning Committee of Sierra Club: Member, 1970-1973 (6)
        Mackinac Chapter Population Committee of Sierra Club: Organizer and Chairman, 1969-1971 (6)
        Petoskey Regional Group of Sierra Club: Organizer and Chairman, 1970-1972 (6)
        Hartwick Pines Natural History Association: Organizer and President, 1969-1972 (6)
        Petoskey Regional Audubon Society: Co-organizer and President, 1967, 1969 (6)
        Great Lakes Public Affairs Committee of Planned Parenthood: Chairman, 1970-1971 (6)
        Northern Michigan Planned Parenthood Association: Organizer and President, 1965-1971 (6)
        Bear River Development Commission: Organizer and Chairman, 1965-1972 (6)
        Michigan Natural Areas Council: Secretary, 1962-1963 (6)
        And, to be fair and balanced, this is a rebuttal to the SPLC piece. It is by Thomas Flemming for Chronicles Magazine. The exqusite irony is as follows. Please pay close attention to the quote from Flemming about Tanton and against the SPLC. "But the SPLC does not worry about the ****ographers, abortionists, child-molesters, and drug-pushers who control American society (If you want to read ****ography, by the way, get hold of a copy of depositions taken in Morris Dees's divorce trial.) " Get the comment about abortionists - and yet Flemming praises Tanton who is one of the top abortion advocates!

        And Flemming defends Tom Tancredo from attacks by people like me who are concerned about the links with problem people, "Fearing, perhaps, that a few Americans are beginning to suspect what the SPLC is really all about, they finish their smear of Rep. Tom Tancredo with this choice sentence: "The danger is not that immigration levels are debated by Americans, but that the debate is controlled by bigots and extremists whose views are anathema to the ideals on which this country was founded." Two lies in one. The only objective the SPLC has ever had is to silence dissent from the right, and the bigots and extremists who control the debate on immigration are the leftist journalists and politicians adored by the SPLC." So, all the attacks on Tancredo are from the SPLC and wackos on the left. Well, I have news for Flemming!

        And then when you have time, check out Tanton's enviromental connections in "The Greening of Hate". And the VDARE rebuttal. At the end of the page is a link to Diane Alden and her Newsmax columns. Now she's a piece of work, and is extremely anti-Bush. But she worships Ronald Reagan. After one of her more reprehensible columns I sent her a list of Reagan quotes that supported GWB. But, I was naughty and put GWB's name on them. She sent a nasty email back telling me that was why she did not approve of Bush! Don't you just love it. For months I've been saying these RINO conservatives have gone so far right they can't even recognize the words of Reagan!
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        • #5
          Let's be clear on this. Let's call a spade a spade. We and these groups are not anti-immigrants but only anti-illegals. The country is a land of immigrants. Other than the natives, no one and even the poster of this blog can claim they are 100% Americans. Our parents, grandparents, great grandparents were all immigrants. Let's not deceive the readers by coming out with such "hate-immigrants" information.

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          • #6
            Only true patriotic American citizens do not support illegal immigration in any form....no phony marriages, no gratuitous waivers, no amnesty, no guest worker program...no nothing but the swift boot in the a$$ for each and every illegal.
            Remember, illegal aliens are not race, they are a disease.

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            • #7
              the United States cannot absorb every dirtbag lowlife border jumper or visa cheat....where is everyone going to live and work? Where is everyone going to get enough clean water or electricity? Where? From all those braindead illegal alien supporters? Not a chance. These hypocritical morons would give away the American lifestyle and economy for no valid reason whatsoever.
              We have rules and laws for a reason...to protect the interests, rights and economy of American citizens, not to reward those who thumb their unwashed, diseased noses at the sovereignty of this nation.

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              • #8
                Go Someone12 !!!
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                • #9
                  Someone12, be awfully glad that you weren't born into poverty, with no future ahead of you and America right next door - you quite probably would have a completely different outlook on all of this.

                  And you want to blame someone - blame it on the great US of A and it's government for having wide open borders and tone down your nasty rhetoric about the illegals themselves - they're just people themselves trying to get by.

                  Even you are a bleeping PERSON WWAAYY BEFORE you are an idiotic patriotic American - when you're starving and living on the ground it doesn't matter what nationality you are - you just want to eat and have shelter.

                  Dirtbag.

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                  • #10
                    Another DIRTBAG supporter bites the dust !
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                    • #11
                      Hey Still Trash - not very bright are you?

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                      • #12
                        GO WIPE YOUR A$$ ILLEGAL DIRTBAG APE !
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                        • #13
                          WHATEVER BITTER F'ING LOSER.

                          WHY DON'T YOU GO GET A LIFE YOU TOOTHLESS UGLY DESPICABLE ***PKIN.

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                          • #14
                            http://i.b5z.net/i/u/1061492/i/040401292763.jpg

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                            • #15
                              You're just pissed because you found that guy on top of your mother.

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