Friday, August 20, 2004

Putting 527s in Perspective...

Hat-tip to BlogsForBush. Here's the Top Five 527 organizations, we find:

#1: The Joint Victory Campaign. The sole purpose of this organization is to raise funds for the number two ranked Media Fund and number three ranked America Coming Together. Both organizations are dedicated to defeating George Bush. This organization sports no less than thirty-three individuals who have given more money than Bob Perry, twelve who have given at least one million dollars, with the largest contributor shelling out $7.75 million. George Soros has given more than $4.5 million to this organization.

#2: The Media Fund. This "Anybody but Bush" group has put together and paid for multiple TV ads that play in the battle-ground states. They are funded to the tune of over $28 million, almost half of which comes from the number one ranked Joint Victory Campaign. More than $5.5 million has come from employee unions.

#3: America Coming Together. Also against Bush, also helped by the Joint Victory Campaign, also a baby of George Soros ($5 million) and Peter Lewis (almost $3 million).

#4 & #5: The Service Employees International Union and the American Federation of State/County/Municiple Employees. More than $16 and $13 million respectively. Both are unions and hence partisan Democratic fronts.

Those are just the first five of the Top-50. More staggering is when we step back and look at the forest, not the trees. Of the Top-50 527 organizations:

* Forty one (84%) are supported by Democrats and push Democrat causes.

* Only five are supported by Republicans and push Republican causes.

* Four are issue or industry oriented (like Peter Lewis' Marijuana Policy Project).

* The Democrat funding totals $176 million compared to the Republican total of $10.8 million.

Details of the Top 49 527s are here.

Then, thanks to LGF, here's the comparison of Swift Boat Vets for Truth vs.

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