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Published on August 8th, 2013 | by Eli Clifton


Meet the Republican Mega Donors Funding Washington’s Iran Hawks

by Eli Clifton

Washington’s premier hawkish think tank is funded by a small handful of Republican mega donors, according to a just-published tax filing. The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), which employs some of the most consistent advocates of crippling sanctions and hyping threats of military action against Iran, receives the majority of its funding from Home Depot funder Bernard Marcus, hedge funder Paul Singer and casino magnate Sheldon Adelson.

FDD’s President Clifford May tells me his organization has “both Republicans and Democrats among its donors and we are proud of our work with policymakers on both sides of the aisle.”

That might be true. But the fact remains that as of 2011, the FDD has been highly dependent on some of the Republican party’s most committed donors.

My full write up on the FDD’s hyper-partisan underwriters can be read at Salon.com. The FDD’s 2011 “Schedule A”, which shows the organization’s largest donors from 2008 to 2011, can be viewed below.

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  1. avatar Norman says:

    Is it any wonder, that the few names on the list are, how should I put it, disposed toward Israel? When good old Sheldon’s name appears, well, we know the “who/what/when” of the message. No too surprised at the other names, nor the excess amounts. But let’s call it for what it is, at least from my perspective, buying influence that few others can or just plain corruption to be blunt. I do wonder though, what will these moneyed people do when the Empire falls, especially if it does so through another 9/11, only this time, with the use of “nuclear” devices? Oh, the originator of those could very likely be a so called friendly!

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Eli Clifton reports on money in politics and US foreign policy. Eli previously reported for the American Independent News Network, ThinkProgress, and Inter Press Service.

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