Treason Lobby Tapping Taxpayers For La Raza

Last week, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann(R-MN)

called
for Congress to reconvene so it could take
out parts of the recent

Freddie Mac
bailout that give $500 million in
unmarked grants to

far-Left “community development”
groups, such
as the

National Council of La Raza.

Bachmann`s stand is symbolic but admirable. The

Treason Lobby
`s tentacles are reaching out to seize
the American taxpayer.

When the bailout bill was passed at the end of July,
there was little public comment on the money going to La
Raza. However, it`s not the first time they`ve tried
this stunt. In May, Congressman Barney Frank

earmarked
$15 million to La Raza in his Housing
Stabilization and Homeownership Retention Act of 2008.
The bill was killed—but a number of people on the Hill
have told me that they expect La Raza to end up with
even more money in the act that subsequently passed.

To put this grant in perspective: even $15 million
dollars is greater than the total assets of the three
biggest immigration control groups—Numbers
USA,
The

Center for Immigration Studies,
and

The Federation for American Immigration Reform
—combined.

It`s not as if La Raza needs taxpayer money. It
currently has over

$100 million dollars in assets
, along with its

Raza Development Fund
, their “community
development lending arm”
that has another 53
million. This is before they got their housing bailout
money, along with

$1.3 million dollars
it got from HUD earlier this
year, and

$16 million dollars
that The Wachovia Foundation,
associated with the Wachovia Corporation bank, pledged
to them in June.

Occasionally I get a call from supporters who suggest
we organize a boycott of different companies that
contribute to La Raza. The name I hear most is State
Farm Insurance.

I tell them that as much I`d love to boycott them,
right now there is pretty much nowhere to go. I looked
up the sponsors La Raza`s last annual conference—there
were

over 200 of them
—and just about every major
insurance company was there including,

Aetna
, Nationwide, Geico, Sharp Healthcare, and
Prudential! In addition there were over two dozen
government and military agencies; the
Republican Party
(!); and, most shockingly, a
number of charities. The March of Dimes, Foundation for
the Advancement in

Cancer Research
, National Eye Institute, and

Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation
and

Paralysis Resource Center
all were sponsors of the
conference.

Many of these organizations will no doubt claim that

their sponsorship
was used for the purpose of
recruiting

affirmative action hires
—not that it makes it any
better. The government will insist that the money given
to La Raza is given for specific projects like setting
up

Spanish Language Charter Schools
or giving

housing assistance to illegal aliens
. Again, not
like it makes it any better.

Besides, all funds are fungible.

So before La Raza get new grants, voters, consumers,
and donors should ask what exactly La Raza is doing with
this money from the U.S. taxpayer,

big business,
and the March of Dimes?

One of its major projects is a new website called
We
Can Stop the Hate
designed to

blacklist anyone
who opposes

their agenda
. According to the New York Times,
La Raza wants to

silence
haters “even if such censorship were a
violation of

First Amendment
rights”
. La Raza`s president
Janet Murguia justifies this because

“Everyone knows there is
a line sometimes that can be crossed when it comes to
free speech. And when free speech transforms into

hate speech,
we`ve got to draw that line.”
[

A Call to End Hate Speech
, By Ariel Alexovich,
February 1, 2008]

So who has crossed the line? La Raza`s main
institutional targets are the aforementioned immigration
control groups: FAIR, CIS, and Numbers USA.
Astonishingly, La Raza`s mode of attack is to go after
them for their source of funding.

We Can Stop the Hate recently posted a

YouTube video
which opens with an ominous score and
text asking “what if all the leading anti immigration
groups…were founded by the same man…funded by the same
organization…and have ties to white supremacy?”
The
video proceeds to the lovely
Heidi Beirich
of the

Southern Poverty Law Center
(which, by the way, has

assets
exceeding

$219 million
) who suggests that all the
organizations are both funded and controlled by…Dr.
John Tanton
!

Of course, Beirich does not quote a single word
from any member of the organization saying anything
“racist”
. In fact, she actually claims the lack
of overt “hate speech” is what makes them so
dangerous. Their whole purpose, she says, is “to
present a moderate face that is disconnected from

[the extremists], but in reality isn`t.”

So for La Raza and the SPLC, the line between
“free speech”
and “hate speech” is crossed
before opponents of mass immigration even open their
mouths
.

As for Dr.

Tanton
, he deserves a great deal of credit for
helping out fledging immigration reform groups. But he
is not even close to being the main benefactor of any of
the groups, and isn`t associated with any besides FAIR.
Furthermore,

far from being a right wing extremist
, he is a

conservationist
concerned with sustainable growth.
(Which is why he is

attacked
by writers like

Jason Riley
in the

Wall Street Journal
as a liberal

population controller
.)

As frustrating as these baseless smear attacks may
be, they should be heartening to patriotic immigration
reformers. With a little bit of money, groups like FAIR,
CIS, and Numbers USA, along with groups with even less
money

like VDARE.COM,
have managed to

halt the agenda
of La Raza and

many other organizations
with income and endowments
in the tens and hundreds of millions of dollars.

Imagine what we could do with a little bit more!

On that note—have you

contributed to VDARE.COM
recently?


Marcus Epstein [send
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Robert A Taft Club
and the executive director of the
The American
Cause
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Team America PAC
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here. The
views he expresses are his own.