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By Tori Richards, Dustin Hurst and Earl Glynn | Watchdog.org

Thanks to your generous support, the New York City-based People’s Rights Fund has been able publicize the great work of Karl Marx and dictators Kim Jong-Il, Hugo Chavez and Saddam Hussein.

Don’t remember writing that check?

If you paid federal taxes after 1997, some of your money went to Tides, a San Francisco-based clearinghouse that collects and distributes about $251 million every year to hundreds of leftwing organizations.

Much of the money flowing into Tides comes from wealthy benefactors who use Tides as a clearinghouse — a way to help finance left-liberal organizations without leaving any fingerprints.

But since 1997, the U.S. government has joined in, making $79 million in grants to the non-profit. In the same period, Tides has funded such groups as the radical PRF and the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), an organization whose leaders were convicted of funneling money to the terrorist group Hamas.

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Former CAIR leader Ghassan Elashi now preaches from prison.

Tides also gives money to groups you likely know and may even support such as Planned Parenthood and the ACLU.


In 2002, Tides received $6.8 million in federal grants and sent $5,000 to CAIR. That same year, the Justice Department indicted Ghassan Elashi, founder of CAIR’s Texas chapter, for funneling $12 million to Hamas. The Justice Department labeled CAIR an unindicted co-conspirator along with 300 others. The ensuing trial, the biggest terrorism case ever held in the United States, led to a guilty verdict and a 65-year prison sentence for Elashi.

Other CAIR officials have been in trouble with the law as well, including their former communications director Randall Royer who was convicted of conspiring to join a terrorist organization and sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2004.

Tides did not respond to requests for comment, but in an undated press release from years ago offered this explanation for the CAIR donation:

“There have been many hateful claims about Tides Foundation and the Council on Islamic Relations (CAIR). As part of the Tides 9/11 Fund, Tides Foundation made a onetime $5,000 grant to CAIR. The grant was specifically for CAIR’s Interfaith Coalition Against Hate Crimes project in 2002. Based in Southern California the project was established to promote peaceful coexistence between Muslims and non-Muslims and decrease hate crimes against Muslims,” Tides wrote. “CAIR has explicitly stated that they have no ties whatsoever to any violent or discriminatory organizations.”



Other groups tied to PRF include the Marxist  Workers World Party and its youth outreach arms, the Revolutionary Socialist Youth and Fight Imperialism Stand Together (FIST). PRF also houses Occupy for Jobs, which fights for guaranteed jobs and income, and Bailout People, an organization seeking to end home foreclosures.

FOLLOW THE MONEY: Tides has ties to many different groups.


All of these organizations share the same address and phone number with the International Action Center (IAC), and are linked together as business entities, according to the legal database LexisNexis.

The International Action Center was founded by civil rights activist Ramsey Clark, U.S. attorney general during the Johnson administration. Its top officials have praised members of Hezbollah, a Middle Eastern organization on the U.S. government’s terrorist list. Other IAC and Workers World notable quotables:

  • The Newtown, CT elementary school massacre was the fault of America’s “capitalistic system,” IAC asserted.
  • In 2006, Sara Flounders, IAC’s co-director and a key member of Workers World Party, met with Leila Khaled, a terrorist who led the August 1969 hijacking of Trans-World Flight 840. The hijackers didn’t kill anyone, but caused more than $4 million in damage by blowing up the empty plane’s nose while the aircraft sat on the runway. Flounders called Khaled “heroic.”
  • Organized a memorial rally after Venezuelan strongman and “comrade” Hugo Chavez died
  • Posted a blog that portrayed Iraqi president Saddam Hussein and his foreign minister Tariq Aziz as victims of a phony trial, saying both men “have set a remarkable standard of integrity that all freedom fighters in the world admire. Their legacies will long outlive … U.S. imperialist actions.”
  • Protesters stormed a Times Square theater showing the movie “Red Dawn,” which depicts a North Korean invasion of America.

Workers World is a huge fan of North Korea, labeling its recently deceased leader Kim Jong-Il “brilliant” and “courageous” while calling his father Kim Il-Sung — a founder of the communist country in 1948 — an “amazing revolutionary.”

Ramsey Clark at the White House in 1968

Ramsey Clark at the White House in 1968

Brian Becker, a member of Workers World and the director of A.N.S.W.E.R., wants to spread Marxism to America’s political system and its youth. “There’s no reason junior high schools students … can’t become not only [members] in the party and in the movement, but leaders themselves,” he said in an April 24, 2011, video clip.

Not content with parroting the communist cant of Korea’s ruling Kim family, PRC has created an online bookstore that sold a plethora of pro-communist titles from the likes of Karl Marx, Lenin, Che Gueverra and a compendium of Fidel Castro’s speeches.

Peoples Rights also has something of a media arm. Though far less powerful than CNN, ABC or even Current TV, Peoples Video Network, a small production outlet publishing media congruent with the IAC’s values, receives money and support from PRF.

And PRF’s money? Some of that came from Tides. And Tides’ money? Some of that came from you.

Contact Tori Richards at [email protected] or on twitter @newswriter2


Tori formerly served as staff reporter for Watchdog.org.

  • And the problem with freedom of the press is what?

  • Media shouldn’t be so biased on 1 side,but most news channels are nowdays.Always grateful for a network like Fox that gives more than this.Liz

  • dave1163sag

    dont forget 20 billion that goes to isreal a yr. they forgot to mention that one. your taxes are paying for isreal to attack palestine that has many christians who have been killed by the isrealis. they never tell you that either. search google where an isreali is telling a christian palestinian f you and your jesus. they failed to mention the spitting on priests in isreal. its all on youtube in color video’s

  • shell1212

    go crawl back under your rock–Israelis do not kill Christians or anyone.They do have a right to defend their home land when attacked by Hamas and Hesbollah.. Chrsitians and Jews have a lot in common…if you werent so hateful you would undertand that.Guess you think its better to give $ and aid o the Muslim brotherhood /Nazis.

  • Semmy Johansen

    people in america have never done such a thing? is it the rule in america to do such things or is it against the rule and prevailing mentality? you are a brainwashed cult member and thank you for showing it. palestinians, as a legal and prevailing mentality and accepted rule, promote the gangraping and then murdering of a woman who has committed the crime of being gang-raped. rape and murder. not spit on a person or insult their religion. they torture then hang anyone who dares to seem to be gay, not insult their sexuality. why is your thinking so so backwards, do you hate yourself and your country so much?

    you are brainwashed because if someone somewhere at some point in time has done something that isnt perfect you will support the people who are actually the enemy and you will hate those who make any attempt at living a peaceful life.

    dave1163sag:”americans and israelis arent all angels!! look you tube shows a couple of them acting not nicely! I prefer the devil himself!”

  • Ezere

    Semmy, Youre forgetting the dismembering of children. Cut off a hand, a whole arm. Dave, yes Israelis don’t like Christianity. They don’t even like God. But just cause the Rothschilds are global bullies (war mongers), doesn’t make Hamas good. Like Hitler doesn’t make Jack the Ripper good. Get it? Read “Son of Hamas” by Mosab Yousef, eldest son of Hamas spiritual leader and one of the founders.

    Hamas would not exist if it were not for the war, so they sow the seeds of violence, and retain the power. Hamas is a terrorist. We should not fund them, nor Al Qaida, nor Muslim Brotherhood!

  • Hugo Chavez was not a dictator but you knew that and lied anyway. Shame.

  • Israel is our ally. Palestine isn’t a nation . If their so called “friends ” were so passionate for them , WHY AREN’T THEY GIVING UP THEIR OWN LAND ??? THEY HAVE ALL THE LAND !!! They don’t need to take the little patch that God gave Israel … Spitting on priests ? While you got lathered about that , it didn’t bother you that those so called ” PRIESTS ” are all about the rape and beheadings of innocent people , CHILDREN INCLUDED …go play “victim” in some other country … Folks here aren’t sleeping anymore … Muzzie freaks are not getting ISRAEL.

  • Obviously dave—you have your head up your butt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • How is this not treason and how does this Tides organization remain unindicted for it?

  • paul

    New world order has been in motion for years, we are entering the final days. We must be disarmed. Then look out… SOROSisevil.

  • Will

    Daniel: I think it’s clear that by the standards of most small-d democrats, the use of the word “dictator” applies here. Chavez himself understood this when he referred, for example, to the IMF as a dictator. If you’re pinning your definition of the word on the fact of his recent election, please consider that many dictators are indeed elected — if only once. Hitler comes to mind.

  • Venezuela was and is the most democratic society in Latin America. Not only was he elected he had the support of the overwhelming majority of the country something few Western small-d democrats can boast. It’s called propaganda and that is what was mindlessly vomited up here.

  • Doug

    Sorry any man that works to stifle opposing opinion by removing the means to report information is a dictator. Chavez did this. He also inprisoned judges that would not do his bidding. disarmed the populace and crime rates soared. Denial is a terrible reality in this country. seek help

  • Doug

    We give money to Palestinians as well so your argument is a big Fail

  • Imprisoning corrupt judges oh no! Stop buying the propaganda there was no “media crackdown.” People lost subsidies which happens every year here when GOP tries to de-fund PBS. Is that censorship?

    Just because you hear something on Fox News doesn’t make it true. Do your own homework.