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March 25, 2004

Mr. Probity. Jusiper wonders why Ralph Nader’s people are so reluctant to disclose their headquarters’ street address; and whether Nader-associated 501(c)(3) organizations might not be violating Federal law by sharing “equipment, expenses, or personnel” with the Nader presidential campaign.

Of course, as Jusiper also points out, “we probably shouldn’t hold our collective breath waiting for the Bush Administration’s tax authorities to look into this matter.” Still, some enterprising reporter could do so. Go ahead, surprise us. [12:37 AM]

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Chuck Divine ::: (view all by) ::: March 25, 2004, 01:48 PM:

35 years ago when I was an active pacifist, my fellow pacifists have trouble understanding two things about me: my enthusiasm for the Apollo program and my mistrust of Ralph Nader.

I read "Unsafe at Any Speed" when it came out. I also read the comments of people who had been cited in the book. People who were critical of Detroit were even more critical of Nader. I got the impression that Nader was on some kind of crusade only tangentially related to automobiles or even consumers. Even back then there were rumors that he in fact favored a highly authoritarian society with him and his cronies in control. There was a lot of that going around back then.

One benefit of his run again for President is that a much larger number of people might take a closer look at the man and his work. He makes an even more negative impression on me today than he did in the 1960s.

Oh -- I do wish I had paid closer attention to my friends' doubts about Apollo. These days I'm thinking their thoughts about von Braun et al. were remarkably prescient.

Jon Meltzer ::: (view all by) ::: March 27, 2004, 11:52 AM:

10% of Nader donors are Bush supporters, according to the Dallas Morning News (site requires registration) :

"Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader is getting a little help from his friends and from George W. Bush's friends.

Nearly 10 percent of the Nader contributors who have given him at least $250 each have a history of supporting the Republican president, national GOP candidates or the party, according to computer-assisted review of financial records by The Dallas Morning News.

Among the new crop of Nader donors: actor and former Nixon speechwriter Ben Stein, Florida frozen-food magnate Jeno Paulucci and Pennsylvania oil company executive Terrence Jacobs. All have strong ties to the GOP. "

James Angove ::: (view all by) ::: March 27, 2004, 10:21 PM:

Jon: You realize, of course, that Nader (Certainly in public, and probably in his own mind) will only point to such donations as evidence in support of his bizzare contention that he will draw heavily from dis-affected Republican voters.

Jon Meltzer ::: (view all by) ::: March 27, 2004, 11:42 PM:

Of course; and the money they're also giving to Bush is part of some subtle plan to help Ralph's "message".

Xopher finds more totally blatant comment spam ::: (view all by) ::: June 10, 2004, 11:44 AM:

Same thing, different url.