In examining the coverage of the rise of anti-immigrant sentiment in the US, it is readily apparent that the bulk of the majority of groups involved with the day-to-day workings of this movement are interrelated.
Most of these groups share personnel, support the work of each other and draw their funding and strategic direction from John Tanton.
A famous John Tanton quote:
“I’ve come to the point of view that for European-American society and culture to persist requires a European-American majority, and a clear one at that.” – Dec. 10, 1993, letter to the late Garrett Hardin, a controversial ecology professor
In the course of noticing these patterns it is well known who Tanton is funding, but who funds John Tanton?
Inspired by a tip and an article posted last year about the G8 in Pittburgh, our investigations lead directly to the Colcom Foundation.
Created by Cordelia Scaife May, Mellon heiress and sister of of unhinged right-wing ideologue Richard Mellon-Scaife, Colcom was founded by Cordelia after her exposure to the writings of Margaret Sanger. Its intent was to provide education about environmental issues and their relationship to overpopulation, but Cordelia thought to apply these ideas to attack immigration.
Colcom is set up as a charitable organization, so its financial records are open for the public to examine (a free registration to GuideStar is required, however); it is here one can discover the truth about Colcom.
On the board of this foundation is Timothy M. Inglis, Donna M. Panazzi, Michael M. Strueber, John S. Barsott. Their main contact and Vice President is John F. Rohe, who is a noted anti-immigration writer and advocate attorney for hate speech.
“>HERE is the breakdown of Colcom’s donations between 2006 and 2009.
It is important to note that for 2006, 2007 and 2008, Colcom made no donations to any organization related to the pro-choice movement or Planned Parenthood; this underscores the fact that Colcom is not interested in supporting the pro-choice movement, but has instead taken a warped and distorted extrapolation of Margaret Sanger’s works. It is also important to note that Colcom donates its money not only to organizations that oppose “illegal” immigration, but also to organizations that favor drastically reduced levels of all immigration– legal or otherwise.
The major funding source for the bulk of the anti-immigrant movement is one foundation, filtered through the auspices of John Tanton. This accounts for message cohesion, but constitutes nothing less than well funded astroturf.