Tuesday, December 04, 2012


(h/t Anne Lauri)

Lee Fang at The Nation found out where Norquist gets most of his money:
Grover Norquist's Budget Is Largely Financed by Just Two Billionaire-Backed Nonprofits
Lee Fang on November 27, 2012 - 1:48 PM ET

I took a look at the last available budget numbers for Americans for Tax Reform, Norquist’s group. Though they do not reveal their donors, we can cobble together much of Norquist’s donors using foundations and other nonprofits that donate money to him.
The disclosures show that only two billionaire-backed groups have provided over 66 percent of Norquist’s funding:

The Center to Protect Patients Rights donated $4,189,000 to Americans for Tax Reform in 2010, 34 percent of the group’s budget that year.
Crossroads GPS donated $4,000,000 to Americans for Tax Reform in 2010, 32.46 percent of the group’s budget that year.

1 comment:

Ken Hoop said...

Yours truly had this question, got this answer.


amspirnational says:
December 3, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Norquist is saying all the right things against interventionism now. Anyone know if he opposed the Iraq War at the outset?

T Paine says:
December 4, 2012 at 2:37 am

He was not. Norquist to the Washington Post on April 10, 2003:

“The Democrats were on the wrong side of the Civil War, the Cold War and now the Iraq War,’ said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform and an all-purpose chest-thumper on matters Right Wing. ‘Their batting average on these things is right up there with France.”

Norquist is not a principled person. He is a party loyalist pushing a simple, populist message. While I agree with the ultimate goals of small market conservatism, Norquist fails to acknowledge the difference between means and ends, and fails to raise his voice when his own party goes on a spending spree. His advocacy would make a lot of sense in a world where the US government had zero debt and a balanced budget. In the real world, he is nothing but a yahoo.