It all started with the Tancredo-Rove feud. In April 2002, Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo received a phone call from Karl Rove. Tancredo had just authored an op-ed for the Washington Times that completely excoriated President George W. Bush’s immigration policy. At the end of a twenty-minute rant, Tancredo alleges that Rove ended the conservation with the old, ‘You will never darken the steps of the White House again’ threat.
Tancredo used the criticism to propel himself into the forefront of the anti-immigration movement. He has also manipulated his intense dislike of Karl Rove and President George W. Bush into a groundswell of support that comes from many sources. All of them claim to be conservative, and most of them claiming, falsely it appears, to be Republican. I have long suspected and feared that Tom Tancredo, a Republican, would manipulate this support into an Oval Office run, even though, for months he has staunchly said he was not planning to do so.
On January 16, over at the American Spectator’s Prowler, they officially ‘outed’ a few of Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo's (R) more colorful donors. Tancredo, who has become a conservative bastion of closed borders, God, apple pie, Truth, Justice, and the American Way, has a perfect score from the American Conservative Union. As part of the ACU’s scoring, social and cultural issues are weighed. For conservatives, social issues include anti-abortion advocacy. Tancredo’s voting record is strictly anti-abortion, which contrasts mightily with his close personal association with John Tanton and Tancredo’s 100% rating by the Christian Coalition.
Anti-Immigration Connections and Support
According to the Federal Election Commission, from 1998-2006 Tom Tancredo’s election campaigns have received something like $5500 from John Tanton in individual donations. Tanton’s wife, Mary, is the president of the US Immigration Reform PAC. During this same time frame, Tancredo has received nearly $16,000 from Tanton-related PACS. This past election cycle Tancredo also received $1000 from the Minuteman PAC. During this same time frame, the Minuteman Pac also donated $10,000 to unsuccessful GOP Congressional candidate Randy Graf in Arizona. Congressman Tancredo campaigned for and endorsed Graf. Graf was also endorsed by white supremacist David Duke. Tancredo also took money from anti-abortion PACs.
The Godfather of Anti-Immigration
All of these numbers are meaningless, unless one knows just who John Tanton is. Tanton is considered the ‘godfather of anti-immigration’. A believer in strict population control bordering on eugenics, Tanton is one of the stalwarts of the pro-abortion Planned Parenthood organization. This alone gives the Tancredo–Tanton alliance something of an odd couple appearance until one digs even deeper.
John Tanton tried to take over the Sierra Club a few years ago and turn it into a serious anti-immigration and anti-population growth organization. Environmental stalwarts of the organization discovered his plans and were able to thwart them. Tanton packed up and took his game elsewhere, founding FAIR, the Federation for American Immigration Reform. He also founded a publishing company, Social Contract Press, which is known for its racist, white nationalist, and anti-immigration editorial stance. He went on to found a spider’s web of anti-immigration organizations including US English, Numbers USA, US Inc., and the Center for Immigration Studies. Tanton has also donated over $48,000 to an anti-immigration group called Defend Colorado Now.
According to IRS filings, from the years 1988 to 1994, FAIR received nearly $1.3 million in grants from its parent organization, The Pioneer Fund. The Pioneer Fund was chartered in 1937 to promote study on “heredity and eugenics”. According to various sources, Hitler’s Nuremberg Laws were inspired by the work of Harry Laughlin, who worked with Wickliffe Draper (who eventually founded Rockwell International) who endowed the organization. There is a paper trail between the work of the two men and Nazi scientists whose work became part of Hitler’s racial theories. Laughlin received a degree from the Nazi-controlled University of Heidelberg three months before the Pioneer Fund was created. In 1935 Draper attended a “Population Conference” in Berlin in the company of an American scientist who publicly saluted Hitler. According to Paul A. Lombardo, who authored a paper on the subject, "[today] men with Nazi sympathies began the Pioneer Fund; their patently eugenic aspirations continue to guide Pioneer today.” Over the years the Pioneer Fund has taken great pains to dispute these charges.