THE TRUTH ABOUT REPUBLICANS
Students who support Nader have been constantly hit with the following: "The only people who support you this year are republicans who want Nader to hurt Kerry."
Of course, one might wonder if, by implication, they mean to accuse me of being a Corporate Republican who is campaigning for Nader but intends to vote Bush. Such people have no place in a true Democracy. They want to repress voices & choices and keep the two party system thriving so that their pro-war, pro-corporate, pro-tyranny candidates can continue to run our country. Run it into the ground that is.
For those students who have been working on campuses to try to incite students to political action and keep coming across the same students who no longer believe in activism, no longer believe in peace, no longer believe in hope, the same students who keep criticizing Ralph Nader for not playing by the rules, the same students who moan "Ralph is being helped by Republicans and no one in their right mind supports him," the following information might prove useful:
Egg On Their Faces: Democrats' Big Lie Exposed
Center For Responsive Politics Disproves Myth of Republican Funding for Nader:
Finds Only 4% of Nader's Funding Comes from Donors to RepublicansFifty-one Donors Gave $54,000 to Nader; Same Donors Gave $66,000 to Democrats!
Washington, DC: The Independent Presidential Campaign of Ralph Nader and Peter Miguel Camejo notes that a report by the Center for Responsive Politics provides reliable data that, among the Nader donors surveyed, Republican donors who are funding George W. Bush are giving more money to the Democrats than to the Nader/Camejo Campaign.
The Center for Responsive Politics found only 4% of Nader's funding came from donors who had also given to Republicans. This compares to 25% of Nader's votes in 2000 coming from registered Republicans. These same Republican donors gave more money to Democrats ($66,000), than to Nader ($54,000). See www.crp.org
The Nader/Camejo Campaign makes the following additional points:
In addition to one-quarter of Nader's voters in 2000 being registered Republicans, Nader has worked with individual Republicans throughout the course of his career. One donor mentioned by the Center, Jeno Paulucci, the Florida frozen pizza roll magnate, worked with Nader on public interest issues regarding the Mesabi Iron Range, in Minnesota. Other Republicans in this category include Robert Monks (corporate governance) and Ben Stein (investors' rights).
Not only is the 4% of donations a tiny portion of Nader's support, it comes from people who agree with him on the issues and want him to get his message out to the public.
"For too long the Democrats have been falsely claiming that there is an organized Republican funding campaign supporting us. They disseminate this big lie to provide a cover for their dirty tricks. Now the truth is out?Republican support is minimal, less than the percentage of registered Republican voters in 2000," said Nader. It is time for the media to stop reporting the 'Big Lie' and start reporting the truth.
The Nader Campaign is dedicated to pulling away from George W. Bush Independent and Republican voters who are furious with Bush over many of the same conditions our campaign has been articulating. These include: the Iraq quagmire; the gigantic deficit; the big-government Patriot Act; corporate welfare and corporate crime; federal regulation of local education and "Leave No Child Behind"; and the sovereignty-shredding impact of the WTO and NAFTA.