Tuesday, February 15
It cannot be underestimated, the enormous benefits that a former President of the U.S., such as Bush, provides a convicted felon like Sun Myung Moon, in giving legitimacy to his various organizations. Moon has paid George Bush's family well for their efforts on his behalf. In public speeches, Moon himself has taken credit for the elections of Ronald Reagan and George Bush and with his Washington Times newspaper, and his followers manpower for passing out brochures and voting scorecards, as well as likely financial support, it would appear that Moon certainly played a key role in helping these two men. It may be that Bush and Reagan saw it that way as well, because Moon was a V.I.P. guest at the first Reagan-Bush inauguration. For a man as vilified by society as Moon, to be a guest of that caliber, has the smell of favors being re-paid. One wonders how many more favors, Moon and his multi-billion dollar church/business/political conglomeration are owed by the former President and whether his son, if elected President, will be the one to help pay Rev. Moon back?
From Common Dreams
"In the 1980s, Norquist was a leader of the College Republicans when they were getting subsidies from the secretive fortune of Sun Myung Moon, a South Korean theocrat whose organization has a long track record of illicit money-laundering. Moon was pumping tens of millions of dollars into American conservative organizations and into the right-wing Washington Times.
Some Republicans raised red flags, citing Moon’s history of brainwashing his disciples and his contempt for American democracy and individuality. In 1983, the GOP’s moderate Ripon Society charged that the New Right had entered “an alliance of expediency” with Moon’s church.
Ripon’s chairman, Rep. Jim Leach of Iowa, released a study which alleged that the College Republican National Committee “solicited and received” money from Moon’s Unification Church in 1981. The study also accused Reed Irvine’s Accuracy in Media of benefiting from low-cost or volunteer workers supplied by Moon.
Leach said the Unification Church has “infiltrated the New Right and the party it wants to control, the Republican Party, and infiltrated the media as well.” Leach’s news conference was disrupted when then-college GOP leader Grover Norquist accused Leach of lying.
For its part, the Washington Times dismissed Leach’s charges as “flummeries” and mocked the Ripon Society as a “discredited and insignificant left-wing offshoot of the Republican Party.” [For details on Moon’s ties to the GOP and the Bush family, see Robert Parry’s Secrecy & Privilege: Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq.] "
From: CIA GOES DOMESTIC - BACKS BUSHERS VIA SUN MYUNG MOON
A key feature of that right-wing machine has been the Washington Times,a publication financed by South Korean theocrat Sun Myung Moon. Secrecy & Privilege unearths evidence that Moon's fortune has relied on illegalmoney laundering and that investigations of this criminal conspiracyhave been short-circuited by Republican administrations.