A political advocacy group started by Iraq war veterans received nearly $4 million from environmental groups around the same time it began running political ads attacking members of Congress who did not support a disputed climate bill.
VoteVets Action Fund, a nonprofit organization that is not required by law to reveal its donors, received $670,000 from the Sierra Club and another $500,000 from the NRDC Action Fund, according to a report authored by the Center for Responsive Politics. The largest donations—around $3.78 million—were made by former Vice President Al Gore’s Alliance for Climate.
“Until 2010, the organization had not been involved in environmental causes and instead focused on opposing the troop surge in Iraq under President George W. Bush, supporting a new G.I. bill to fund education for military veterans and similar issues,” according to the report, titled, “The Shadowy Money Trail.”
The report adds:
The Alliance for Climate Protection gave money to VoteVets in three separate grants, the dates of which are not listed on the IRS forms. The reason for the contributions is, however: “To support the purchase of airtime for an educational television advertisement about the national security benefits and benefits to American soldiers of clean energy,” reads one description. The other two are also for airtime purchases, but the ads are explained as being “about the benefits to the American people of more clean American-made power” and “about the costs to American soldier’s of America’s dependence on foreign oil.”
First, why did they oppose the troop surge when it is widely attributed to winning the Iraq War? (Funny, that’s the same stance wanted by Obama and the rest of the Democrats who wanted us (Soldiers) to fail so they had more political ammo against Bush.) Apparently VoteVets isnt concerned with winning the war, just the “exit strategy.”
Second, how in the hell is “clean energy” a “national security benefit” to “American Soldiers?” It’s that tired old liberal “no blood for oil” meme again. Are we in Afghanistan for oil? No. Did we secure the oil contracts in Iraq for ourselves? Again, no. Libya? Still coming up dry. Furthermore, how is this even relevant? At a time where Veterans suicide rates are high, homelessness is also sky high, Soldiers with PTSD are not getting the treatment they need, the VA is still a bureaucratic nightmare, and Obama is set to make military health care costs skyrocket, “clean energy” is what we should be concerned about? Are you kidding me???
Earlier this month, the group launched a $2 million ad campaign aimed at promoting a “clean energy economy.”
Two million dollars going not to help Veterans, but to push another progressive agenda. I wonder how much of that money was donated under the assumption it be spent on helping Veterans? Do NOT donate money to this organization. They are nothing more than another progressive group masquerading as a Veterans advocacy organization. Give to legitimate Veteran organizations.