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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 10:59 AM
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T Weasel Pickens backed Kerry before he backed Kerry attackers
November 17, 2007

T. Boone Pickens backed Kerry before he backed Kerrys defamers

Via Jane Hamsher:

T. Boone Pickens boasted that he would give $1 million to anyone who can disprove even a single charge leveled by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, who he funded to the tune of $3 milion. Kerry offered to meet with Pickens and do so, with the million dollars going to veterans charities.

When Kerry said hed do it, though, Pickens changed the rules, requiring Kerry to provide far more records than the simple proof he originally required.

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So $1 million is 1/2500th of his total worth and hes changing the rules to protect that. To put that percentage in other terms, if you were worth $100,000, youd owe Kerry $40 if he proves one of the Swiftboater claims are false.

In addition to being one of the countrys biggest charitable donors, its interesting to see his political contributions. He provided at least $2 million dollars to the Swift Boat Veterans group that helped defeat John Kerrys presidential bid. Hes provided $9,100 to Rudy Giuliani in the past year. From 1979 to the present, hes donated to hundreds of Republican campaigns all over the country. He used to provide a little to a few Democrats but that largely dried up after 1993. In the last 29 years, $4,604,750 was donated to political special interest groups, $740,961 has been given to Republicans and a mere $24,250 was donated to Democrats.

But since 1993, only two Democrats got any campaign help from Pickens. In March 2003, he gave $1,000 to Harry Reids primary campaign. And in June 2001, he donated $2,000 to the Senate reelection campaign of John Kerry!

Isnt it interesting to see how Pickens found Kerry to be one of the rare Senate Dems hed support, then turn fickle. And now, hes shrinking away from his original deal, suggesting his word is fickle as well. Either that or he doesnt want his money going to disabled vets.

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Typical RW scumbag MO: Token donations to avoid the appearance of being a partisan hack and a record of philanthropy. Giving to charity doesn't make a lying weasel less of a lying weasel!

From Carpetbagger Report:

This week, Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens, a major contributor to the swift-boat liars, offered $1 million to anyone who could disprove any of the groups 2004 claims. Yesterday, Kerry gladly accepted the challenge.

Pickens, who provided $3 million to bankroll the group during Kerrys race against President Bush, responded by saying he wont consider giving Kerry the reward unless he surrenders his combat films, additional military records and wartime journal. <>

Pickens wrote Friday in a letter faxed to Kerry, I am certainly open to your challenge, but he said he would not pay Kerry unless the senator first provided him with copies of his wartime journals, as well as movies he shot while on patrol and his complete military records for 1971 to 1978.

Sounds odd, doesnt it? Its not merely enough to highlight the groups obvious lies; Kerry needs to let Pickens dig through his personal life from 35 years ago?

Kerry isnt backing down. While I am prepared to show they lied on allegation after allegation, you have generously offered to pay one million dollars for just one thing that can be proven false, Kerry wrote to Pickens. I am prepared to prove the lie beyond any reasonable doubt. The senator will donate Pickens money to the Paralyzed Veterans of America.

Kerry told the AP, Its beyond me; its important for all the vets who served with me, who cared about it, whose own records were lied about. The problem is, its the way they operate on the other side, and we have to end swift-boating forever. The way to do that is to have this public accounting.

For his part, Pickens said hell hold up his end of the bargain, just so long as Kerry turns over everything Pickens demands to see.

When you have done so, if you can then prove anything in the ads was materially untrue, I will gladly award $1 million. As you know, I have been a long and proud supporter of the American military and veterans causes, Pickens wrote.

That might be more believable if he, you know, didnt finance the swifties.


Weasel!
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Junkdrawer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 11:01 AM
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1. Just helping to put into place the next victm...
Why do you think Murdoch supports Hillary?
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LeFleur1 Donating Member (973 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 11:18 AM
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2. Does Pickens Have a Military Record?
Just wondering if this is another draft dodging Texan putting down those who fought and served their country.
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globalvillage Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 11:37 AM
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5. Did not serve.
Can't say I was surprised to learn that.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T._Boone_Pickens
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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 04:49 PM
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7. Figures! n/t
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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 11:21 AM
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3. The liar donated to Kerry's Senate campaign, not his 2004 campaign. n/t
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hlthe2b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 11:26 AM
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4. Sue for breach of contract and let the court decide...
Why anyone would think Pickens and others of his ilck would not lie and deny, is beyond me... Let's let a court appointed arbitrator decide.
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ray of light Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 12:27 PM
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6. kick
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