President Obama and Billionaire Socialite Using Everglades To Support Florida Democrats

On right, Paul Tudor Jones parties with Charlie Crist, center, and musician Sting
On right, Paul Tudor Jones parties with Charlie Crist, center, and musician Sting

President Barack Obama’s Earth Day visit to the Everglades is the latest ploy to use the river of grass to support Florida Democrats. White House officials admit President Obama is making his first visit to the Everglades for political reasons. “This is an effort to raise this debate,” Josh Earnest, the president’s press secretary, told reporters on Tuesday evening. “Those Republicans that choose to deny the reality of climate change, they do that to the detriment of the people they are elected to represent.” While the move may be intended to create debate in Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio’s home state, prominent liberals have been using the Florida Everglades as a political weapon for years.

Paul Tudor Jones, the Connecticut billionaire behind the Everglades Foundation, funds a wide array of liberal politicians. When he’s not attending Palm Beach social events with his buddy Jimmy Buffett, Jones serves as one of the driving forces behind the proposed deal to buy land owned by US Sugar. In 2008, Jones held a fundraiser for Mr. Obama at his Greenwich, Connecticut estate.

As a part-time Florida resident, Jones makes hefty contributions to Florida Democrats.

Since 2008, Jones contributed nearly $15,000 to Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. He gave another $15,000 to help get Senator Bill Nelson re-elected to office. Jones gave generously to Congressman Alcee Hastings and Ron Klein.

On April 9th, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), “effectively canned a 2010 deal to buy 46,800 acres of U.S. Sugar land that it once considered critical to restoring the Everglades and coastal estuaries.” Jones and his allies hoped to force the Florida Legislature to finalize the land grab. The SFWMD board preferred Florida Governor Rick Scott’s Everglades Restoration Plan. The plan would spend $5 billion over the next twenty years.

“If we can get $5 billion in state dollars and match that with $5 billion in federal dollars and have $10 billion, to me that is the big huge goal we have to go after right now,” said SFWMD board chairman Dan O’Keefe.

Now, another group tied to Paul Tudor Jones is urging President Obama to support the US Sugar land deal.

According to the influential SaintPetersblog website, Mary Barley of the Everglades Trust told supporters about the importance of Obama’s Earth Day visit. “Florida has a contract with U.S. Sugar Corporation to buy land that would save the Everglades,” Barley wrote. “But if our legislature does not act by May 1, we could lose this natural treasure. That’s why the president’s visit and attention are so vital.”

State records show The Everglades Trust non-profit corporation is operated by allies of Paul Tudor Jones. Mary Barley uses the same Islamorada address as George Barley, a founding member of The Everglades Foundation.

Last week, The Sunshine State News wrote how nearly twenty years ago, investigative reporters Bob Malloy and Will Bourne detailed “how money and political influence contributed to the demise of water quality and the seagrass/coral reef ecosystems of Florida Bay and the Florida Keys.”

According the Sunshine State News story, Malloy and Bourne claimed George Barley bought into “bad science promulgated by Joseph Zieman, a University of Virginia seagrass biologist, and his colleague, Ron Jones of Miami’s Florida International University; Tudor Jones bankrolled the development of their wrong conclusions. Meanwhile, water quality in Florida Bay and the upper Keys worsened because of it.”

Malloy and Bourne concluded that politics and money had harmed Florida’s environment. “What began for us as an investigation of bad science, of a flawed hypothesis that seemed to acquire supernatural powers, evolved into an examination of power, money and big-business environmentalism in South Florida. As environmentalists, it rapidly soured us on the philosophy and tactics that have moved to the forefront of the battle to save our natural treasures. It became a case study in ethical disintegration.”

Everglades Foundation CEO Eric Eikenberg is another director of the Everglades Trust. A recent Palm Beach Post editorial called Eikenberg, the former chief of staff for Governor Charlie Crist, “the driving force behind efforts to convince the district to spend more than $400 million on the land.”  He said, “Florida’s leaders have a duty to buy strategic land needed for storage to protect the interests of thousands of homeowners.”

In 2010, Paul Tudor Jones gave $9,200 to Charlie Crist’s ill-fated US Senate campaign against Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Kendrick Meek.

 

Rebuild The Dream? Van Jones Wants To Teach Leftist Revolution In Your Living Rooms

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Van Jones, communist and former Obama Green Jobs czar, wants to bring the Arab Spring to your hometown. Rebuild The Dream, Jones’ AstroTurf tea party wannabe group, wants to duplicate the Arab revolutions and repeat the public-pooping fun of the dirty Occupy Wall Street gatherings. Maybe they will hold screenings of Professor Derrick Bell’s Space Traders?

Here’s the email from Van Jones & Co:

“I don’t know about you, but last year, I was inspired.

I was inspired by the protesters of the Arab Spring who stood up to totalitarian governments, and inspired by the Occupy movement here in America. I was inspired by the students at UC Davis who took pepper spray in the face and didn’t budge, because they knew their cause was more important than retaliation.

We now have the opportunity to turn that inspiration into action as part of the 99% Spring — 100,000 Americans taking part in an unprecedented national training to prepare to continue non-violent direct action in the tradition of Ghandi and Dr. King.

In the coming weeks, we’ll be talking more about what this training will look like and what it will mean for our movement, but first things first: we need some amazing folks to step up to host the trainings — click here if you’re interested!
Here’s what you need to know about the trainings:

You do NOT have to be an expert on the economy or non-violence! You’ll get the support and resources you need to lead a great training. All you need is to be willing and able to bring people together in a positive and welcoming way.

The trainings will serve to educate folks about economic disparity in America as well as the history of peaceful, direct action — this is the first crucial step to prepare for taking more actions down the road, such as protests at shareholder meetings.

The trainings will take place during the week of April 9-15, 2012.
Your training can be as small or large as you like: you could host ten friends in your living room or plan an event for a hundred of your neighbors in a local community center or house of worship — or anything in between.
No matter the size of your training, you’ll have organizers to help you with logistics as well as a fantastic 99% Spring “train the trainer” session (more on that soon).
The Occupy movement birthed a new generation of American activists, and our potential for effecting change is limitless. However, it’s critical that we learn and impart best practices culled over decades of non-violent direct action spanning from the Civil Rights movement through today. Rebuild the Dream is joining with dozens of leading organizations, all collaborating on this massive grassroots training project. All together, we’re turning the page on a new chapter of American activism, and it starts with the 99% Spring.”

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MoveOn.org Wants Clear Channel To Cancel Rush Limbaugh

George Soros’ favorite leftist group, MoveOn.org wants Rush Limbaugh to join the millions left jobless during the Obama administration. They are sending this email to members urging them to sign a petition calling for radio giant Clear Channel to drop the Rush Limbaugh program.

“Dear MoveOn member,

Rush Limbaugh has gone too far with his attacks on Georgetown University student Sandra Fluke, calling her a ‘slut’ and a ‘prostitute’ and suggesting she post video tapes of herself online having sex.

Rush Limbaugh’s radio show is a part of the Clear Channel lineup, and it’s time that they no longer allow Rush Limbaugh to spew hateful and derogatory comments. That’s why I created a petition to Clear Channel on SignOn.org, which says:

Sandra Fluke, a law student at Georgetown University who was advocating for health insurance plans to cover the cost of contraception, became the target of a series of attacks by Rush Limbaugh. Besides calling her a ‘slut,’ he also called her a ‘prostitute,’ said that he wanted her to make sex tapes and post them online, and speculated that she only had a problem paying for contraception because she was having ‘so much sex.’ We who support Ms. Fluke find that this is a serious offense committed by Mr. Limbaugh, and we ask that his radio show be terminated.

Will you sign the petition? Click here to add your name, and then pass it along to your friends:”

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