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PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2006 1:30 pm 
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Swiftboating the Swiftboaters
By William Rivers Pitt
t r u t h o u t | Perspective

Wednesday 20 September 2006

The Swift Boat Veterans for the Truth were back in the news last week, brought up by Massachusetts senator and former presidential candidate John Kerry. Asked in an interview with the Examiner about the effect of the Swift Boat group on his campaign, Kerry was blunt.

"Kerry says the only reason he didn't compete in more states in 2004," read the article, "was that he ran out of money. He says this was also the reason he did not adequately respond to a series of devastating TV ads by Swift Boat Veterans for the Truth, a group that questioned Kerry's service in Vietnam and criticized his later opposition to the war. 'They had money behind the lies, and we did not have sufficient money behind the truth,' Kerry laments."

It all sounds like something from the dim and distant past, but in fact, the Swiftboaters are still out in force today. More specifically, the money behind the Swiftboaters is out in force, attempting to swing close elections in several states over to the GOP.

A 527 organization called the Economic Freedom Fund (EFF) has been formed in California to do just that. According to its FEC filing, the Economic Freedom Fund was formed to "promote policies and issues favoring economic freedom, growth and prosperity of the economy." The group's sole donor is a man named Bob J. Perry from Texas. Recently, Perry gave $5 million to the EFF, one of the largest single donations to any 527 organization this year, an amount that exceeds the $4.5 million Perry gave to the Swift Boat Veterans in 2004.


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These people have already had too much influence in the 2004 elections. They kept the vote close enough that Bush was able to steal a second election. Iā€™m not sure what we can personally do to stop their over powering bias but it MUST be counter acted. This is a prime example of just how money is at the core of elections. The counter 524 group is a fair start but getting rid of all 524ā€™s sounds better to me. True election reform is the first step to reclaiming our Democracy before the fascists are in full control.

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ironic that the name of a group of war veterans is now associated with being liars.

i've seen and used the term "swift boating" in several forums when calling someone's statement false and inaccurate.

but, what else can one expect from the republican party?


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