Obama Ayers Money Ties


Some may wonder why bring up William Ayers now? Hasn’t this already been addressed? No, it hasn’t. Last week Stanley Kurtz of the National Review wrote an article entitled Obama’s Challenge that details Senator Obama’s connection to William Ayers as much more than a passing aquaintance. Obama was essentially William Ayer’s money man on his foundation Chicago Annenberg Foundation. The full article is definitely worth a read, and below are excerpts.

The partnership between Ayers and Obama is about much more than the number of occasions on which the two were recorded together in the same room. As CAC board chair, Obama was essentially authorizing the funding of Ayers’s own educational projects, and the projects of Ayers’s radical allies. And especially in CAC’s first year, Ayers was largely in charge of the process. One of CAC’s own evaluations notes that during 1995, CAC was a “Founder-Led Foundation.” That is, Ayers was not merely an ex officio board member that year, but as the key founder and guiding spirit of CAC, he was effectively running the show…

…So when CAC’s own evaluators call 1995 the period of the “Founder-Led Foundation,” they are essentially saying that, in 1995, Ayers was the most powerful individual at CAC. The Obama campaign treats that suggestion as “absurd,” yet it is effectively made by CAC’s own evaluators. This needs to be kept in mind when considering the Obama campaign’s minimization of the Ayers-Obama connection that year…

…While the appearance of self-dealing receded after CAC’s first year, the reality may still have been in place. Evaluators, both internal and external, have criticized CAC for over-committing its funds in 1995, and also for doing far too little to demand accountability from grant recipients, very much including the initial batch. Many of the initial grantees continued to receive funds for years. Evaluators consistently note the lack of flexibility in grants, and complain that the huge 1995 commitments, with relatively few changes in follow-on years, significantly undercut CAC’s impact and effectiveness…

…The Chicago Annenberg Challenge stands as Barack Obama’s most important executive experience to date. By its own account, CAC was a largely a failure. And a series of critical evaluations point to reasons for that failure, including a poor strategy, to which the foundation over-committed in 1995, and over-reliance on community organizers with insufficient education expertise. The failure of CAC thus raises entirely legitimate questions, both about Obama’s competence, his alliances with radical community organizers, and about Ayers’s continuing influence over CAC and its board, headed by Obama. Above all, by continuing to fund Ayers’s personal projects, and those of his political-educational allies, Obama was lending moral and material support to Ayers’s profoundly radical efforts. Ayers’s terrorist history aside, that makes the Ayers-Obama relationship a perfectly legitimate issue in this campaign.

The radicalism Ayers wanted in the classroom is also discussed in the article The Bomber as School Reformer

As I have shown in previous articles in City Journal, Ayers’s school reform agenda focuses almost exclusively on the idea of teaching for “social justice” in the classroom. This has nothing to do with the social-justice ideals of the Sermon on the Mount or Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Rather, Ayers and his education school comrades are explicit about the need to indoctrinate public school children with the belief that America is a racist, militarist country and that the capitalist system is inherently unfair and oppressive. As a leader of this growing “reform” movement, Ayers was recently elected vice president for curriculum of the American Education Research Association, the nation’s largest organization of ed school professors and researchers.

Obama was Ayer’s Money Man


6 Responses to “Obama Ayers Money Ties”

  1. Matt Says:

    Love this site..

  2. Chazmo Says:

    Please stop all the negative campaign that Palin is saying about Obama.
    It is making people act as if they are out to linch him. This is not how politics are supposed to be. We need to talk about how things are going to get better with Candidate A or B, not how they are a terrorist etc…

    I hear people screaming “Kill Him” at a Rally.
    How far is this going to go?

    This is pathetic.

  3. Todd Says:

    Is McCain a racist? Is McCain supported by the KKK? Is his hate for Obama based on the fact that Obama is half African-American? Is he inspiring a resurrection of hatred for anything that is not the WASP ideal for a strict conservative Christian society that doesn’t tolerate anyone not subscribing to their ideals? Will those heard screaming “terrorist” and “kill him” from the rallies held by John McCain soon bear arms to defend their ideals?

    John McCain is wrong…wrong about America…wrong about the liberty and justice for all that he fought for and was a prisoner of war for. Shame on you John McCain!

  4. Mel Brooks Says:

    I do not understand what is going on, America as we know it is on a land slide..does John Mcain think this is going to help him, i know FORMER supporter of his who isnt supporting him anymore because of this. Sara Palin does she realize that she isnt relevent anymore. Over all the poltics just as Mcain Obama has a family, people shout kill him..off with his head and racial remarks..can you even wake up in the morning knowing that you are basically toying with a mans life. You’re not going to win that way. Who is the real Obama..no who is the real Mcain, Sara Palins not important. What are they really scared of, an Aferican American becoming president..maybe that is what the people in those cowds are scared of. You care about the people..NO. Its about winning at all cost. McCain will lose if he keeps this up, Sara Palin will be back in Alaska not important and for gotten about. I used to support John..this is terrible, anyone who supports this are wrong themselves..you are being brain washed as people were in the 60’s-70’s..get it together, thankyou.

  5. Regina Says:

    I would not even bring up what people are shouting at campaigns. That’s just ridiculous because both parties have their crazy fringe of people that say horrible things. But to talk about an American hero the way Todd does is so disrespectful that it deserves a comment. Todd, you need to learn the truth about McCain’s prison stay–about how he was tortured–about how he served our country. He has hands on experience in showing his patriotism and Obama is surrounded by socialists. Ayers is just one of them. Look at that horrible racist, Rev. Wright. The blacks are voting almost 98 percent for Obama yet the whites are not voting 98 percent for McCain so who is racist?

  6. kmorrison33 Says:

    Went to a Palin rally yesterday, and their was no hostility, angry, or inappropriate remarks. It is absolutley unacceptable for crowds to shout those types of remarks, but trying to paint the candidate or the rest of the crowd as believing the same thing as one or two fringe supporters is rediculous. There has been plenty of bad behavior by Obama supporters as well, but that behavior isn’t reported on. Ayers is a legitimate concern for many of us, it speaks to his judgement and personal philosophy, and it should be brought up. Not only are his radical assosciation relevant, his covering up of those associations show his true colors.

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