Saturday, August 30, 2008

A Scandal over $100 Million and how it was spent

The Obama campaign has been in full denial mode for months over the Obamanations relationship with unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers. Obama has lied about his relationship with Ayers, whom he now dismisses as “a guy who lives in my neighborhood.” He's familiar with him, they passed in a hallway once, and when Ayers blew up the pentagon Barrack was only 8 years old.

Never mind the fact that Obama launched his political career with a fundraiser at Ayers house, that they served on several boards together, or did several speaking tours together. He barely knows the man. Spin Spin Spin

Well a gentleman by the name of Kurtz has been doing the research that the MSM refuses to do. Stanley Kurtz, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, is a Harvard-educated social anthropologist and frequent contributor to National Review, among other publications.

Kurtz has written extensively, and with factual detail, about Obama’s early career as a “community organizer,” his cultivation of benefactors in the most radical cauldrons of Chicago politics, his long-time pastor’s immersion in Black Liberation Theology, and his ties to anti-American zealots.

This brings us to Ayers a confessed terrorist who, having escaped prosecution due to surveillance violations that came to light during his decade on the lam after a bombing spree, landed an influential professorship in education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In England an Northern Ireland Ayers would probably be the one holding office. Ayers remains defiantly proud of bombing the Pentagon, the U.S. Capitol, and other targets. He expresses regret only that he didn’t do more. He did so in an article that was published on 9-11-01, hows that for irony.

This brings us to their association where they worked closely together on the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC). The CAC was a major education reform project, proposed by Ayers, which was underwritten by a $49.2 million grant from the Annenberg Foundation, complemented by another $100 million in private and public funding. The project ran for about five years, beginning in 1995.

Obama, then a 33-year-old, third-year associate at a small law firm, having no executive experience, was brought in to chair the board of directors, which oversaw all “fiscal matters.” By the time the CAC’s operations were wound down in 2001 it had doled out more than $100 million in grants but had failed to achieve any improvement in the Chicago schools. What little is known about the grants Obama oversaw is troubling.

One of the first CAC awards in 1995 was $175,000 for the “Small Schools Workshop,” which had been founded by Ayers and was then headed by Mike Klonsky. It was only the beginning of the CAC’s generous funding of Klonsky — a committed Maoist who had been an Ayers comrade in the radical Students for a Democratic Society (the forerunner of Ayers’ Weatherman terrorist organization), and who hosted a “social justice” blog on the Obama campaign website until his writings were hastily purged in June.

After months of being blocked from the records of the CAC which are held at the University that Ayers teaches, Kurtz finally got access and is now researching them, and releasing what he finds.

Kurtz appeared on a radio show in Chicago to discuss some of his findings. Upon hearing he was scheduled the Obamma campaign sent out an e-mail requesting everyone associated with the campaign to flood the radio station with calls and demand he not be aired. Kurtz has obviously hit a nerve. It is the same nerve hit by the American Issues Project, whose television ad calling for examination of the Obama/Ayers relationship has prompted the Obama campaign to demand that the Justice Department begin a criminal investigation.

So much for the left being champions of free speech.

Source info from NRO

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