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Faith the Nation: Part 5-4

Stadium revival: Promise Keepers try to regain the offensive

J. Steven Griles did the crime but doesn't want to do the time

Surgeon General to be...or not to be?

Dobson's dilemma

Andy Young's long march away from MLK Jr.

Mooning Martin Luther King Jr.

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Bill Berkowitz
May 22, 2007

Ralph & the Rabbi: a thinner Reed?

International Fellowship of Christians and Jews scrubbed co-founder Ralph Reed's name from its website after giving Reed's Century Strategies more than $800,000 in contracts

While Rabbi Daniel Lapin's involvement with Jack Abramoff hasn't exactly cost him many friends in the conservative Christian evangelical community, it has caused him to lower his profile a bit over the past several months. Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, who, in addition to his ground-breaking work raising huge amounts of money for Israel from evangelical Christians thru his International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, and being a strong ally of U.S. Christian Zionists, has picked up the slack.

At a recent conference at the Center for Jewish Studies at Queens College in New York City on the state of world Jewry titled "Is it 1938 again?",Yechiel Eckstein, as shown in IFCJ infomercial. Rabbi Eckstein answered the question with an "emphatic yes," the Florida Jewish News reported. "Eckstein called for a strategic alliance with evangelical Christians as 'our best friends and closest allies,' the newspaper pointed out. "He brushed off concerns about their supposed ulterior motives -- converting Jews and advancing Armageddon -- as a 'figment of, if I can say it, this liberal, Jewish and journalistic imagination.'"

Over the years, Eckstein, the founder of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ - website) has raised millions of dollars from conservative Christian evangelicals for his organization's various projects. He is often credited as being one of the first Jewish religious leaders to advocate building relationships with conservative Christian evangelicals.

However, on the road to raising tens of millions of dollars, it appears that he has diverted a fair portion of the money to a half dozen media relations, direct mail and telemarketing companies, including Century Strategies, run by Ralph Reed, the Bigham Agency and Krieger Associates.

Founded in 1997, the Atlanta, Georgia-based Century Strategies LLC (website) is Ralph Reed's post-Christian Coalition high-powered GOP-oriented political consulting firm. According to a July 2004 profile in the National Journal, Century Strategies, which also has offices in Washington, D.C., "has raked in millions of dollars by mounting grassroots lobbying drives and other campaigns -- as well as doing some inside-the-Beltway advocacy -- for two dozen or so Fortune 100 companies and lesser-known enterprises."

The Carrollton, Texas-based Bigham Agency received more than $8 million from Eckstein-run enterprises between 2002 and 2004, according to an entry posted at the TPMCafe. Bigham is run by E. Paul Bigham, who is described as a "major right winger and member of the Council for National Policy," a highly secretive group of right wing deciders.

Kreiger Associates (website), based in Paoli, Pennsylvania received more than $14 million between 2002 and 2004 for media management. Headed by Gail Krieger, a former vice president of Foote,Cone & Belding and Mediaworks, the company's website claims that it "is a full service direct response and infomercial company that stresses personalized service to our clients, no matter how large or small." Krieger provides fundraising services to IFCJ and several of its projects including On Wings of Eagles (transports Soviet Jews to Israel), Guardians of Israel (provides financial support to Israeli victims of violence), and Isaiah 58 (supporting elderly Jews in the former Soviet Union).

Stand for Israel

In late February of 2002, Yechiel Eckstein and Ralph Reed announced the founding of Stand for Israel.

Stand for Israel (website) -- one of several Jewish/Christian Israeli solidarity groups formed since the turn of the century -- aimed to "mobiliz[e] 100,000 churches and an estimated one million Christians in the United States to express solidarity with the State of Israel."

In a statement, Eckstein said:

"We have rallied Christian support for Jewish people worldwide for twenty years through The Fellowship, but today we're telling the nation and the world to prepare for a concentrated, organized effort to tell the true story of Israel and the Palestinians -- both past and present. I look forward to working with Ralph Reed, a leader and a friend who knows how to get that message out in a big way. Jews are only now beginning to understand the depth of support they have among conservative Christians. Once the potential of this immense reservoir of good will is fully comprehended by the Jewish people and strategically tapped by the Stand For Israel campaign, you will see support for Israel in the United States swell dramatically."

Reed, then riding high as a political consultant/kingmaker -- before his involvement with GOP uber-lobbyist Jack Abramoff was revealed -- said he was "honored and excited to team up with Rabbi Eckstein to mobilize Christian support for Israel. America has always cherished its friendship with Israel, and religious conservatives and evangelical Christians are among those who are its strongest supporters. This can be the most important constituency to influence a foreign policy debate since the end of the Cold War."

A recent Stand For Israel web posting pointed out that "The cornerstone" of its work "is the International Day of Prayer and Solidarity with Israel, an annual event that rallies churches and individual Christians around the world to pray for the Jewish state. The first Day of Prayer took place in October 2002 and involved more than 16,000 churches and 5 million Christians. The following year swelled the ranks even further, with 17,000 churches and more than 7 million Christians participating. Our most recent Day of Prayer was on Sunday, January 28, 2007."

These days, the Stand for Israel website features a picture of Eckstein. Reed is nowhere in sight, nor is he mentioned in the "About SFI" section of its website.

According to a TPMCafe blogger named mrs panstreppon: On the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) 990 Schedule A, Part II, the organization "listed compensation of five of the highest paid independent contractors for professional services as required. [Reed's] Century Strategies was among the five in 2002 and 2003. The type of service provided by Century Strategies was described as 'project management fees.'"

Century Strategies "project management" fees included $472,498 in 2002 and $295,775 in 2003. There was nothing listed for 2004.

A bio of mrs panstreppon states that she is a "retired brain surgeon who enjoys bridge, opera and Moscow at midnight."

"The IFCJ does not account for 'Stand For Israel' campaign expenditures separately in its 990s," mrs panstreppon wrote. "A breakout of 'Stand For Israel' expenditures is, however, provided in the IFCJ annual reports. As noted above, the IFCJ 2004 and 2005 annual reports are available online." While figures for 2002 are not available, Stand For Israel lists campaign expenditures of $545, 905 in 2003, $3,761 in 2004 and $772,995 in 2005.

In a July 12, 2002, story about Yechiel Eckstein in the Forward, he is quoted as saying that he has raised more than $60 million from Evangelical Christians. According to the Forward's Ami Eden, "the fellowship -- with 250,000 donors -- is well known in evangelical circles. Its promotional videos features endorsements from a list of Christian luminaries including Pat Boone, Charles Colson, Reverend Jerry Falwell and Reverend Pat Robertson. Eckstein, who narrates the fellowship's infomercials on Christian media outlets, is the only rabbi that many Evangelical Christians have ever heard of."

Eckstein has done as much as anyone in the Jewish community to build bridges with evangelical Christians. In 1994, after the Anti Defamation League "released a scathing report on the Christian right, Eckstein organized a closed-door meeting between Jewish and Christian leaders to clear the air. "It was a start of a new relationship with the Jewish community, at least for me," Reed told the Forward.

That "new relationship appears to have worked out well for both the IFCJ and for Ralph Reed. A New York Times Magazine story, "The Rabbi Who Loved Evangelicals (and vice versa)" by Zev Chafets (May 24, 2005) pointed out that 400,000 evangelical Christians contributed to Eckstein's IFCJ, including contributions of $250 million in the last past decade. Those numbers, mrs penstreppon pointed out "are much higher than the 250,000 contributors and contributions of $60 million quoted in the Forward article and elsewhere."

Via e-mail I asked IFCJ the following questions:

  • Is Ralph Reed still associated with Stand for Israel?
  • Is Century Strategies still doing consulting work for either Stand for Israel or the IFJC?
  • Was Jack Abramoff ever involved with or associated with the organization?
  • How active is Stand for Israel these days?

They did not respond to either my email or phone call.

Reed isn't mentioned in the section of Eckstein's official biography that talks about the founding of SFI.

Spreading the wealth

According to mrs panstreppon's research, the total contributions received by the IFCJ by year from the 990s (Schedule A Part IV-A requires total revenue by category for the five years preceding the current one disclosed): 1998 - $17,422,986; 1999 - $20,530,725; 2000 - $27,973,664; 2001 - $26,454,926; 2002 - $34 .890 .654; 2003 - $39 ,749,336; and 2004 - $44,122,841. She wryly points out that "If Rabbi Eckstein was a CEO, he'd have gotten annual bonuses for significantly increasing revenue by at least 10 percent every year but one. The 36 percent increase in revenue in 2000 over 1999 is remarkable, and in a presidential election year, no less. In 2002, another election year, Rabbi Eckstein increased reveneue by 32 percent."

By examing the IFCJ's "Schedule A Part II - Compensation of the Five Highest Paid Independent Contractors for Professional Services," mrs panstreppon found that the list of contractors included:

Bigham Agency (direct mail services) -- Carrollton, Texas
2002 - $3.3 million, 2003 - $4.5 million, 2004 - $567k

Krieger Associates (media management) -- Paoli, Pennsylvania
2002 - $7.3 million, 2003 - $6.4 million, 2004 - $722k

Century Strategies (project management) -- Georgia
2002 - $472K, 2003 - $296k, 2004 - $0

Hanover Marketing (direct mail services) -- Richmond, Virginia
2002 - $646k, 2003 - $654k, 2004 - $786k

LDTV (media production) -- Chicago, Illinois
2002 - $439k, 2003 - $505k, 2004 - $240k

Infocision Management Corp. (telemarketing) -- Akron, Ohio
2004 - $356k

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Bill Berkowitz
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Faith the Nation: Part 5-4

Supreme Court limits citizens' ability to question state/religion connections, gives victory to president's religious patronage program

On Monday, June 25, the United States Supreme Court ruled that taxpayers have no right to challenge discretionary spending by the executive branch. The 5-4 ruling in the case of [Jay] Hein [Deputy Assistant to the President and the Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives] v. Freedom From Religion Foundation "revolved around a 1968 Supreme Court ruling that enabled taxpayers to challenge government programs that promote religion," the Associated Press reported. "That earlier decision involved the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which financed teaching and instructional materials in religious schools in low-income areas."

In this case, the Freedom From Religion Foundation "objected to government conferences in which administration officials encourage religious charities to apply for federal money," the Associated Press pointed out. According to the website of the White House Office, in 2006, its Centers for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives "hosted 110 workshops, providing grant writing training to over 9,500 new and potential federal grantees. Since 2002, our Centers have hosted over 350 workshops across the country, training over 30,000 people."

Defenders of the first amendment and advocates of church/state separation condemned the decision, while President Bush and a host of conservative evangelical Christian leaders were clearly pleased.

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Stadium revival: Promise Keepers try to regain the offensive

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of "Stand in the Gap," evangelicals hope to bring 250,000 men to Washington to re-ignite the Christian men's movement

Ten years ago this October, somewhere between 500,000 to one-million -- depending on who was doing the tallying -- Christian men gathered in Washington, D.C., to "Stand in the Gap." At the time, the Promise Keepers (PK), the chief organizer of the event, appeared on the verge of becoming a major force in conservative politics. Within a few years, however, money dried up, media interest peaked and peeled off, and leadership squabbles ensued. The bubble burst. Despite scaling down their activities and continuing to function, the organization pretty much dropped off the radar screens of the traditional media.

With its 10th anniversary only a few months away, get ready for a SITG sequel!

Although, according to several press reports, the Denver, Colorado-based Promise Keepers is only one of some 75 or so groups involved in staging the October event, it is far and away the most storied.

Founded in 1990 by former University of Colorado head football coach, Bill McCartney, the organization captured the attention of the media through its high-profile stadium rallies that attracted tens of thousands of participants. Christian men, accompanied by their buddies and/or children, prayed, sang, and bought just about everything available from PK's commerce department from t-shirts and hats, to mugs and bumper stickers, to books and DVDs.

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J. Steven Griles did the crime but doesn't want to do the time

Former Interior Department Deputy Secretary who pleaded guilty earlier in connection with Jack Abramoff looking for 'sentence' of working for anti-environmental group instead of five years in the pokey

J. Steven Griles was convicted earlier this year of withholding information from the Senate Indian Affairs Committee in 2005 about his meeting Jack Abramoff. Facing a possible five year jail sentence, Griles has enlisted a small army of the well-connected who are petitioning the sentencing Judge for leniency, while Griles himself is asking for community service -- part of which time would be seved working with the American Recreation Coalition and the Walt Disney Company.

Griles is scheduled for sentencing on June 26. The career lobbyist is the second-highest-level Bush administration official to be caught up in the ongoing Department of Justice investigation of former Republican Party uber-lobbyist, the currently imprisoned Jack Abramoff. Griles, the former Interior Deputy Secretary who, according to SourceWatch, "oversaw the Bush administration's push to open more public land to energy development," doesn't think he deserves jail time. Evidently this is one situation in which Griles prefers not to follow Abramoff's lead.

In an effort to avoid doing time, Griles and his legal team have developed a two-pronged strategy: Line up a host of A-listers to send letters to D.C. District Judge Ellen Huvelle seeking leniency; and personally petition the judge to be sentenced to a fine, three months home confinement, and 500 hours of community service with the American Recreation Coalition (ARC), a Washington-based non-profit organization formed in 1979, and the Walt Disney Company.

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Surgeon General to be...or not to be?

Dr. James Holsinger's nomination to be surgeon general colored by questionable deaths at a VA hospital where he was Chief Medical Officer, along with his record of homophobia and involvement in a questionable Kentucky land deal

While the George W. Bush administration didn't invent cronyism -- handing over administration jobs to friends, funders and longtime supporters -- it certainly has put its own unique stamp on the concept. When the history of the Bush Administration is written, "cronyism" will be writ large with Bush's paean to former FEMA chief Michael Brown, "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job," leading the way. The hiring -- and ultimate firing -- of "Brownie," however, is only one example of how the uninformed, the unprepared, the prejudiced, and the unqualified have made their way to administration posts.

And that's just about where President Bush's nomination of Dr. James Holsinger to be surgeon general comes in.

Most of the early stories about Holsinger have talked about his controversial history of anti-gay remarks, decisions and communications, particularly through his work with the United Methodist Church. A deeper look, however, reveals a controversial tenure as chief medical officer for the Department of Veterans Affairs and a Kentucky real estate deal gone sour.

Here is how White House spokesperson Emily Lawrimore described him: "Dr. Holsinger has dedicated his life to the care of others and public service and his respect for all is evidenced by his actions and his career. On numerous occasions, he has taken up the banner for under represented populations and he will continue to be a strong advocate for these groups and all Americans. Dr. Holsinger is a highly respected, well-qualified physician and educator. His impressive medical background, which includes leading one of the Nation's largest healthcare systems, decades of service in the armed forces, along with his commitment to combating childhood obesity, will serve him well as Surgeon General. We urge the Senate for a swift confirmation."

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Dobson's dilemma

Will dismissing GOP frontrunners Giuliani and McCain as unacceptable presidential candidates and getting involved in a series of squabbles with fellow conservative evangelicals diminish the power of Focus on the Family founder?

With the Rev. Jerry Falwell gone; Coral Ridge Ministries' D. James Kennedy seriously ill, the Rev. Pat Robertson in a perpetual state of hoof-and-mouth disease -- although still raking in handsome amounts of dough -- Ralph Reed tainted by the Abramoff Scandal, and Pastor Ted Haggard just plain tainted, it appears that the time is ripe for Focus on the Family founder and Christian radio psychologist Dr. James Dobson, to crank up what blogger Richard Rothstein has termed his "vast bigotry-based political machine" and seize the religious right's center stage. Or has Dobson, who has gotten himself embroiled in a series of conflicts with fellow evangelicals, missed his moment?

Over the past few months Dobson has been a whirling dervish of activity: he's met with President Bush to discuss Iran and other matters related to national security and the so-called war on terrorism; devoted a full week of his radio program -- which reaches more than 200 million people in 164 countries -- to "the threat of radical Islam"; dissed two of the Republican Party's frontrunners for the party's 2008 presidential nomination; hosted -- and appeared to approve of -- former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's on-the-air confessional; got into a medium-sized kerfluffle when he said that Fred Thompson wasn't Christian enough, and then denied having said it, and then blamed it all on the liberal media; continued to oppose evangelicals initiatives to make climate change part of the Christian right's agenda; and got blasted by a coalition of right-to-lifers in a full-page ad placed in Dobson's hometown newspaper.

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Dr. Benjamin Johnson, a history professor at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, where President Bush is proposing to build his $500 million library and neoconservative institute, recently attended the annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians. Several colleagues there reported that Karl Rove, Bush's chief political strategist, has been traveling around the country examining research facilities, discussing how to select Bush Institute fellows, and meeting with library directors.

According to Dr. Johnson, one well-respected colleague said, "Rove seems to know exactly what the square footage is of the building that will be at SMU and where it will be located on campus." Rove also expressed displeasure that some SMU faculty and United Methodist bishops were protesting the proposed partisan institute over which Bush and company will have total control. This hands-on involvement of a top-level White House operative like Rove demonstrates the importance of the proposed library and think tank at SMU to Bush insiders.

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Andy Young's long march away from MLK Jr.

A member of Martin Luther King Jr.'s inner circle, Andrew Young defends Paul Wolfowitz, and builds his consulting firm around the likes of Wal-Mart, Nike and African dictators

The picture sent out over the newswire a few months back was poignant: The Reverend Andrew Young in tears, and holding on to the Reverend Jesse Jackson for support at the ground-breaking ceremonies for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial being built in Washington, D.C. These two pillars of the U.S. civil rights movement had come together -- along with President George W. Bush, former President Bill Clinton and a number of other dignitaries -- to honor Dr. King.

These days, however, while Jackson continues to be a fully-involved civil rights activist, Young has taken a different path. He has not only recently been an apologist for one of the architects of the Iraq War, he has long been involved in image laundering for such worker unfriendly multinational corporations as Wal-Mart and Nike.

Last December, Young, the former executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, two-term mayor of Atlanta, former Congressman, and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, introduced Paul Wolfowitz -- the former Deputy Secretary of Defense who was one of the chief architects of the War on Iraq and who is now mired in scandal as head of the World Bank -- to the audience at a synagogue in Atlanta.

"The more I read about Paul Wolfowitz, the more I realized we had in common," said Young. "We had a common mentor, [in former Secretary of State] George Schultz... We had come from a completely different direction but found ourselves with a common agenda, to spread peace."

In late April, before Wolfowitz was forced to resign from the World Bank due to ethical lapses, Young wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post vigorously defending his character. Soon after the op-ed appeared it came out that that Wolfowitz had arranged a promotion for his female companion, Shaha Ali Riza, in 2005.

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Bill Berkowitz
May 14, 2007

Mooning Martin Luther King Jr.

Claiming credit for King's revered status, Sun Myung Moon front group gets $80,000 in federal money to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. day

If there was an organization that received taxpayer money and appeared to be doing reasonably good things in the community, would you care whether that organization was a front group for a powerful political/religious enterprise? Would it matter to you that the head of that enterprise had a much broader -- some call it an anti-democratic -- agenda, than merely helping out in the community? Would you warn your neighbors about the group?

Those were some of the questions facing Connecticut State Senator Bill Finch when he recognized that the Bridgeport, Connecticut-based Service for Peace was affiliated with the Reverend Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church.

Finch wasn't a stranger to Moon enterprises. In 1992, as a member of the anti-Moon Coalition of Concerned Citizens, he was opposed to affiliating the Bridgeport-based College with Moon, and protested outside a meeting of the newly constituted board of trustees, the Connecticut Post reported. Led by then alderman Finch and fellow alderman Peter Niles, as well as Rabbi Israel Stein of the Congregation Rodeph Shalom, the protesters said at the time they would continue trying to thwart the merger through legal action. (From "Moon group members join board," by Debbie Carvalko, Connecticut Post, August 6, 1992.)

And in 1997, then Bridgeport City Council member Finch was quoted in a Washington Post report by Marc Fisher and Jeff Leen headlined "Stymied in U.S., Moon's Church Sounds a Retreat." ""If you own a college [Moon owns Bridgeport University] and want to get somebody into the country, all you have to do is call them a student," said Finch, a former UB alumni director who now heads the Coalition of Concerned Citizens. "And if you want to bring money into the country, all you have to do is call it tuition."

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May 4, 2007

Coral Ridge Ministries shuts down two projects aimed at influencing the political process

CRM spokesperson claims closing the Center for Reclaiming America for Christ and the Center for Christian Statesmanship is not tied to founder D. James Kennedy's ill health

When the slate of conservative dream-teamers joined some 1,300 attendees at this year's Reclaiming America for Christ conference in early March, few in the crowd could have predicted that within two months the gathering's high-powered sponsoring organization would shut its doors. In late April, that's exactly what D. James Kennedy's Coral Ridge Ministries did when they announced they were closing the Center for Reclaiming America for Christ.

Speculation on the reasons for the closures initially focused on the failing health of Kennedy, the founder of the Ft. Lauderdale, Florida-based Coral Ridge Ministries (CRM). Since suffering a major heart attack in late December, Kennedy has not been heard from publicly.

According to investigative reporter Mike Reynolds, Kennedy has been recovering in a hospital in Michigan -- far from his Florida home -- and, after an initial flurry of official comments about his condition, few recent progress reports have been issued. It is unclear when the "Update on Dr. Kennedy's Health" that appears on the website of The Center for Reclaiming America for Christ (CRAC - website) was issued, as no date is attached to it.

A progress report of a different kind, however, came to light in late April, when a handful of Florida-based newspapers reported that the Center for Reclaiming America for Christ, the high-profile political organization founded by Kennedy about 10 years ago, was closing its doors (as of April 30 there was no announcement of the shutdown on the Center's website).

The Associated Press pointed out that the Center had "laid off an undisclosed number of workers Thursday at its headquarters here [in Florida] and at an office in Washington in what was called 'streamlining.'"

Kennedy's Center for Christian Statesmanship, "will also shut down," according to Rob Boston, staff person with Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

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