The Democratic Party:
Ralph Nader took organized Republican contributions in 2000…and is doing so again in 2004.
"I'm going to appeal to everyone in this race. It will make it unnecessary in the end for an alternative."
In 2004 not only has Ralph Nader accepted substantial financial help from Republican stalwarts as part of a Republican effort to boost Bush’s chances at the polls, but also Nader has accepted their help to get his name on the ballot in Michigan. Nader insists that he will take more votes from George W. Bush than from Democratic Presidential Candidate John Kerry. Obviously, Nader is not being truthful either with the American voters, himself, or both. In addition to all the help Republicans are providing his campaign this year, Nader also accepted substantial financial help from Republicans during Campaign 2000.
Considering Nader took money from official GOP sources in 2000 and is again taking GOP money in his 2004 campaign, it is possible to conclude Nader is abandoning his distinguished consumer advocacy for socially conservative positions reflecting the Republicans who fund him. For example, Nadar has asserted “rhetoric” was the only difference between Pro-Choice Democratic Presidential Nominee Al Gore and Anti-Choice Republican Nominee George W. Bush. Nader was wrong. American voters deserve better.
“I don't know where you're getting that we're taking Republican money."
2004: Major Republican Supporters Fund Nader to Drain Votes from Democratic Candidate John Kerry.
“Billionaire Richard J. Egan built his reputation in politics as a major donor and fund-raiser for the Bush campaign, steering hundreds of thousands of dollars into Republican coffers in recent years. But now it appears Egan and his relatives are bankrolling a new candidate: independent presidential contender Ralph Nader.” [“Major Bush Fund-Raiser Donates to Nader Campaign,” Boston Globe. July 1, 2004]
“[T]he Egans' sudden interest in Nader seems to reflect a more sophisticated strategy by Republicans to draw support away from Democratic challenger John F. Kerry by bolstering his third-party rival.” [“Major Bush Fund-Raiser Donates to Nader Campaign,” Boston Globe, July 1, 2004]
Republicans: Nearly 10 percent of Nader’s Big Contributors
Nearly 10 percent of the Nader contributors who have given him at least $250 each have a history of supporting the Republican president, national GOP candidates or the party, according to computer-assisted review of financial records by The Dallas Morning News.” [“GOP Donors Double Dipping With Nader,” Dallas Morning News. March 26, 2004]
2000: Republicans Paid for Nader Ads in Three Pivotal States
“One group, the Republican Leadership Council, has prepared a television commercial in which Mr. Nader attacks Mr. Gore and is ready to broadcast it in Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin, where the Green Party has made significant inroads among Democrats.” [“Republican Ads Use Nader in an Effort to Attack Gore,” New York Times, October 28, 2000]
“Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington … says the Oregon Family Council and Citizens for a Sound Economy violated election laws last week by telephoning people and urging them to help Nader get on Oregon's ballot in November.” [“Watchdog Group Complains About Nader Aid,” Boston Globe, June 30, 2004]
“Both groups acknowledge trying to influence Nader's petition drive Saturday in Oregon, in hopes that getting him on the ballot would take votes away from Democrat John Kerry and help Bush win the battleground state.” [“Watchdog Group Complains About Nader Aid,” Boston Globe, June 30, 2004]
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington “filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission accusing the Oregon groups of breaking campaign laws with their efforts on Nader's behalf. The complaint also names the Bush and Nader campaigns, saying that reports of the Bush campaign using its resources to help Nader, and Nader's acceptance of the assistance, would amount to illegal campaign activity.” [“Major Bush Fund-Raiser Donates to Nader Campaign,” Boston Globe, July 1, 2004]
“Michigan Republicans are helping gather signatures to place independent Ralph Nader on the presidential ballot in the battleground state, irritating Democrats who accuse the GOP of trying to pull votes away from candidate John Kerry.
"It's another example of state Republicans willing to try every unethical trick in the book to hold power," Democratic Executive Chairman Mark Brewer said Thursday. "This clearly shows that a vote for Ralph Nader is a vote to re-elect George Bush. The Republicans know that, and that's why they are desperate to have Nader on the Michigan ballot." [Michigan GOP Gathers Names For Nader,” Troy Record/Associated Press, July 9, 2004]
“Nader … argued that there is no real difference between Republicans and Democrats on the issue of abortion. `’What's the difference, other than rhetoric?’ ….’[N]either Bush nor Gore would make much of a difference in protecting a woman's right to choose.’” [“Women, Gays Say Nader Not Defending Their Rights Groups maintain that vote for him is vote for Bush” San Francisco Chronicle September 14, 2000]
“. . . whether the election of Mr. Bush might lead to the overturning of the landmark case legalizing abortion, Mr. Nader said, ‘Even if Roe vs. Wade is reversed, that doesn't end it. It just reverts it back to the states."” [“Democrats Ask Nader to Back Gore in Swing States” New York Times October 31, 2000]
“This is a snare and a delusion [Roe v Wade}. Even in the unlikely event of the Supreme Court repealing Roe vs. Wade, there isn't a chance in hell that a state would destroy the Republican Party by passing restrictions on the pro-life side.” [Crashing The Party Rolling Stone Magazine September 14, 2000]
“In a 1996 interview with William Safire of The New York Times, Nader dismissed gay rights and abortion as ‘gonadal politics.’” [Green Party presidential hopeful Ralph Nader puts himself forward as the alternative to gay politics as usual The Advocate October 24, 2000]
NADER’S PETITION DRIVE TO GET ON THE BALLOT IN ARIZONA
“The Democrats' lawsuit alleged that more than 70 percent of the 21,500 petition signatures filed on behalf of Nader are invalid. Nader needs 14,694 valid signatures to get on the Arizona ballot. Democrats Dorothy Schultz and Betty Elizabeth Hughes alleged that some of the people who circulated petitions for Nader didn't meet residency requirements and other qualifications. Three of the petition circulators are prohibited from gathering signatures because they are convicted felons, the lawsuit said.” [“Arizona Democrats File Challenge to Nader,” The Arizona Republic, June 24, 2004]
"’If (Nader) is going to be on the ballot, it has to be in a legitimate way,’ said Arizona Democratic Chairman Jim Pederson. The Arizona Democratic Party, which under state law can't file the challenge in its name, said it supports the lawsuit.” [“Arizona Democrats File Challenge to Nader,” The Arizona Republic, June 24, 2004]
“The chairman of the state Democratic Party called Monday for an investigation into whether a Republican consultant is a major source of funding for a petition drive to put Ralph Nader on Arizona's presidential election ballot.” [“GOP Aids Nader, Dem Says,” The Arizona Republic, June 8, 2004]
“Kerry spokeswoman Allison Dobson said the state party has a right to make sure the rules are followed. ’We're abiding by them and it's only fair that others abide by them, too,’ Dobson said”. [“Arizona Democrats File Challenge to Nader,” The Arizona Republic, June 24, 2004]
“As a Maricopa County Superior Court judge prepared to hear arguments in the case, Nader campaign attorney Richard Mahrle conceded there were 'technical errors’ in the ballot petition and said Nader would not contest the lawsuit. Judge Mark Armstrong then issued an order that Nader be kept off the state ballot.
“[A] judge knocked independent Ralph Nader off Arizona's presidential ballot, ruling he did not have enough valid signatures on nominating papers.
“The ruling comes in a key "swing" state between Republican President Bush and Democrat John Kerry, where independents make up about one out of every four registered voters and could make the difference in the presidential race. The judge decided after attorneys for Nader acknowledged that he fell about 550 names short of the necessary 14,694 needed to qualify.” [“Nader Knocked Off State Ballot,” Arizona Daily Star, July 3, 2004]
Nader “suffered a setback last week when the Green Party, which has ballot lines in 22 states and the District of Columbia, declined to endorse him. He has been endorsed by the Reform Party, which has ballot lines in at least seven states.” [“Nader Won't Be on the Ballot in Arizona,” Washington Post, July 3, 2004]
“In California, Nader will have to gather more than 150,000 signatures to get on the ballot as an independent. Nader tapped longtime Green activist Peter Camejo as his running mate this week, a step his supporters hoped would bolster his chances of winning the party's endorsement.”
“Nader may be dismissive of the right to choose, but we are not," Rep. Nita Lowey [D-NY] said. "Many states would be poised to criminalize abortion immediately, if only given the chance." [“Democrats Ask Nader to Back Gore in Swing States” New York Times October 31, 2000]
“Kate Michelman, president of the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League, said Nader ‘cavalierly dismissed the threat to women's rights as the result of a George W. Bush election. Ralph Nader is no friend of American women.’" [Green Party nominee Ralph Nader, the most vilified man in the presidential election, counts no heroes among his critics CNN All Politics November 20, 2000]
As president, Kerry will support only pro-choice judges to the U.S. Supreme Court. Kerry believes:
· women have the right to control their bodies, their lives, and their destinies
· the Constitution protects a woman’s right to choose and to make her own decisions in consultation with her doctor, her conscience, and her God
· in promoting family planning and health plans which provide contraceptive coverage.
[“Standing up for Fairness, Dignity, Rights of Women and Opening Doors for their Success” John Kerry for President Website]
The Democratic Party:
Because the election matters