Houston, We Have A Problem: Let’s Start With Tides

Aug 30, 2009 by

On July 28, 2009, I put up a post titled “The Apollo Alliance” that had just been spoken about on Glenn Beck.  In the comments section, this little note was left:

Glenn Beck’s recent representation of the Apollo Alliance was filled with distortions and convenient omissions. To set the record straight, Beck failed to note that business leaders across the country support Apollo’s efforts to promote bipartisan policies that will lead to domestic job creation and the revival of our struggling manufacturing sector. Our goal is to put millions of Americans to work in a new generation of high-quality, green-collar jobs so that our country and our citizens can prosper again.

The clean energy economy is here. The misguided, pessimistic rhetoric coming from those who would rather let our economy fail than be proven wrong is a dangerous impediment to American progress. We need to keep moving forward, embrace new ideas, rebuild the country’s middle class, and finally break our addiction to dirty fossil fuels. For more information about the Apollo Alliance, visit our Website at apolloalliance.org
–Jenna Scatena, Apollo Alliance

I, of course, had to reply to the above comment with this:

Wow Jenna – thanks for stopping by and dropping free koolaid for everybody – unfortunately for you – we are not partaking.

“The misguided, pessimistic rhetoric coming from those who would rather let our economy fail than be proven wrong is a dangerous impediment to American progress.”

Are you freakin’ kidding me? Let the economy fail instead of being proven wrong? Rest assured that simple economics negates everything that this administration and the LAST administration has done.

As for your Apollo Alliance, rest assured I will start digging on what Glenn spoke about and we will see exactly what I find – and I am pretty sure you won’t like it – but my readers know I am fair and I report all the pieces of the puzzle.

Hopefully the 1/2 of the country that wants a free ride will wake up soon and realize that there is no free lunch.

As for the rest of my readers – can you believe the people that come here and just assume we are non-thinking, non-reading, msm slurping twits?

As good as my word, I have started digging and have been finding some rather interesting facts. I thought we might just start with a little muckety map that originated with the Tides Foundation because they seem to have their fingers in just about everything…


In this order, click on Tides, Drummond Pike, Democracy Alliance, Wade Rathke, ACORN, and then Sidley Austin. Take a good look, get to know the names as you will be hearing more about them in coming posts.

Drummond Pike from Green Tracking Library:

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Drummond MacGavin Pike

Drummond Pike was born in San Rafael, California in 1948, the third of four brothers. His father, Peter Pike, was an investment banker. His mother, Catherine Cline Pike, was Marin County’s first female pediatrician.

Although Drummond Pike came from a well-off family, he was not the heir of a great fortune, as were so many other leftist philanthropists of his generation, such as Joshua Mailman and his secretive “Doughnuts” group of wealthy heirs, which included Jeffrey Bronfman of the Seagram’s whiskey fortune, and Harriett McKnight Crosby from two fortunes, the McKnight timber, real estate and skyscraper money and the Crosby General Mills money. The Doughnuts took over the U.K.-based Threshold Foundation in 1981 and in 1984 made it a project of Tides Foundation to pool their inherited wealth and fund leftist groups that could do a lot with a little. Pike remained a Director of Threshold Foundation when it incorporated independently in 1986, and remains today. He is now a millionaire himself.

Pike’s leadership talent showed early. He majored in political science at the University of California at Santa Cruz and gained note as an anti-Viet Nam War protester. He was selected as campus representative to the Board of Regents during his senior year in 1969, where he was known as an aggressive student-power advocate.

In 1970, activists from the Ford Foundation-created Center for Community Change set up The Youth Project in Washington, D.C. with Pike as associate director. It was a pass-through funding group (which would plant the seeds of later tactics in Pike’s mind) of rich young heirs who financed poor young activists in anti-business community organizing.

The Center for Community Change itself was funded by early progressive foundations: the Stern Family Fund, Needmor Fund, Abelard Foundation, DJB Foundation, J.M. Kaplan Fund, Helen Lehman Buttenwieser’s Joint Foundation Support, and Stewart R. Mott Charitable Trust, giving Pike his first big-money connections.

Pike earned a master’s degree in political science at Rutgers University while with the Project, then returned West to open its San Francisco office, but was soon hired away by Youth Project funder Alan Stephen Davis, son of insurance mogul (and AARP co-founder) Leonard Davis, to lead his Shalan Foundation, which was incorporated in New York (in 1969, from the Chittenango Trust and the ML.com Charitable Lead Trust), but housed in San Francisco. “Shalan” was a compressed portmanteau of his wife Shane’s first name and his own - ShAlan.

In 1976, when Pike had just joined Shalan (or so the official story goes), a young couple from New Mexico approached him with a problem: they wanted to donate anonymously and needed a public foundation to handle their grants. Shalan couldn’t accommodate them, so Pike and Jane Bagley Lehman, Reynolds tobacco heiress and president of Arca Foundation (1970-1980), co-founded the Tides Foundation as a public charity to help them. That may be true, but it hardly seems a credible reason for a savvy and seasoned person of exceptional wealth such as Jane Bagley Lehman to fund and lead a substantial startup foundation.

The more likely story is that Lehman, who had just moved to California from New York, thought up the foundation idea herself after meeting Pike and seeing his talent in action. The Tides name evidently came from Pike, for a Sausalito bookstore where leftist readers and writers mixed. Lehman completely controlled the Tides Foundation, serving as its board chair until her death in 1988. Her daughter Susan Lehman Carmichael served as a member of the board of directors of both the Tides Foundation and the Tides Center until 2000.

Other donors came, and Pike ran Tides “out of his desk drawer at Shalan” for several years – another unlikely story. If it was run out of anybody’s desk drawer, it was more likely Lehman’s nearby facilities. Pike’s first big coup was helping Norman Lear create People for the American Way in 1980, when he also helped establish the National Network of Grantmakers, today the premier self-described “progressive” donor association for the far left.

In 1981 Davis gave Pike a year to separate. At year end, Pike and Tides went independent and rented offices with Lyman Casey’s Bothin Helping Fund.

Pike’s empire has grown into what is being called the “Tides Family of Organizations,” run by the Tides Network, a sort of tax-exempt holding company that rules many non-profit subsidiaries.

Wade Rathke, controversial ACORN co-founder, has been a Tides director from the start and chairs Tides, Inc..

Pike is co-founder and president of the Tides Foundation (1976) and Tides Center (1992).

  • The Tides Foundation is a pass-through for other foundations’ money. Tides Foundation is a public charity, not a private foundation. Tides Foundation passes other foundations’ money to a spectrum of left-wing organizations which the original donors would not or could not support on their own.

  • The Tides Center shelters a wide variety of leftist “social change” groups under its legal and tax-exempt status, providing management and payroll services, fundraising assistance, and legal counsel for an 8% fee, while the groups themselves operate their own projects and programs. Because none of the more than 260 projects under the Tides umbrella files its own Form 990 with the IRS, their finances are totally secret and not available for public inspection, an issue that requires congressional remedy.

Drummond’s power connections as of 2009:

  • Co-founder, National Network of Grantmakers (1980), which remains an important source of funding for left wing political activism.
  • President and Director, Tsunami Fund, a 501(c)(4) lobbying organization funded by individuals and foundations to influence legislators in passing anti-capitalist laws.
  • President, eGrants.org,  created by Tides Foundation, “a nonprofit focused on Internet fundraising” (only for left-wing anti-capitalist groups).
  • President, Highwater, Inc., a private corporation wholly owned by Tides Foundation. Highwater was a general partner in Thoreau Center Partners, LP, which leased office space to the Tides Center at $219,202 annually.
  • Co-founder (with John Harrington), director and shareholder of Working Assets, a left-wing telephone and credit card firm that sells its services to the Tides Center.
  • Director, Environmental Working Group.
  • Former director, Solidago Foundation, created by Pike to fund the Tides Foundation.
  • America’s Charities – Board Member
  • Burt Foundation – Director
  • Charity Projects Entertainment Fund (CPEF) – Treasurer / Director
  • Democracy Alliance – Treasurer / Director
  • Endswell Foundation (Canada) – Chairman
  • Environmental Working Group – Treasurer
  • Farallon Fund – President
  • Global Environment Project Institute Inc (GEPI) – Director
  • Groundsprlng.org – Secretary / Board Member
  • Harding Rock Fund – President
  • Heller Family Foundation Inc – Director
  • Island Press – Center for Resource Economics – Board of Directors
  • League of Young Voters – Director
  • Livingry Foundation – Treasurer
  • Nathan M. Ohrbach Foundation Inc – Assistant Secretary and Assistant Treasurer
  • Network for Good Inc – Board Member
  • Rouhana Family Foundation Inc. – Vice President
  • Sage Center – President
  • Threshold Foundation – Director
  • Tides Advocacy Fund – CEO / Ex officio
  • Tides Canada Foundation – Founding Chair
  • Tides Center – CEO / Ex officio
  • Tides Center (PA) – CEO
  • Tides Foundation – Director / CEO
  • Tides Network = CEO / Ex Offico
  • Tides Two Rivers Fund – CEO / Ex Officio
  • Tides, Inc – CEO / Ex Officio
  • Underdog Foundation – Trustee
  • Welthorn and Ehrmann Families Foundations – Director

From Discover The Networks:

Pike endorsed a May 1, 2003 document titled “10 Reasons Environmentalists Oppose an Attack on Iraq,” which was published by Environmentalists Against War. Other signers of the document included the Earth Island Institute, Friends of the Earth – US, Global Exchange, the Rainforest Action Network, the Ruckus Society, and Working Assets.

Viewing the United States as a nation infested with “structural racism” that limits opportunities for nonwhites, Pike favors a highly progressive tax structure (i.e., one that taxes the rich at much higher rates than the poor) as a necessary means of redistributing wealth. Pike also supports socialized medicine.

Pike has been an outspoken critic of America’s involvement in the Iraq War. In April 2008 he wrote, “[M]ore Americans have died in Iraq than died on 9/11. One wonders if our misguided taste for revenge has run its course, since how else does one explain what we’ve done?” Pike also has called for the closing of the Guantanamo Bay detention center that houses Islamic terrorists captured on Middle Eastern battlefields and has accused the Bush administration of mandating the torture of the Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib. In April 2008 Pike criticized Rep. Tom Tancredo, the Republican congressman who has consistently pointed out the threat posed by illegal immigration, as “the Chief Immigrant Baiter among right wing politicians who collectively seem intent on blaming Spanish-speaking immigrants for every ill.”

Later in 2008, Pike’s close ties to the community organization ACORN surfaced after it was learned that Dale Rathke, the brother of ex-ACORN president Wade Rathke, had embezzled nearly $1 million from ACORN and its affiliated groups in 1999 and 2000. Pike personally repaid this money to ACORN.

And who can forget Jacob Hacker standing in front of a Tides backdrop talking about single payer healthcare:

17 Comments

  1. rt: Houston, We Have A Problem, Let’s Start With Tides: http://bit.ly/NIXvM http://bit.ly/6W47v

  2. Houston, We Have A Problem: Let’s Start With Tides http://bit.ly/OBrrY

  3. Are you the owner of this blog? I am “jbjd”; XXXX sent me to you. I would have liked to link your blog to mine – I link both liberal and conservative blogs – because you post useful information about how our government is designed to work. But I cannot, for this one reason: you feature Canada Free Press. Did you know that this is essentially a front for Douglas Hagmann, Founder of Northeast Intelligence Network? (“NEIN,” get it? “No,” in German.) Doing a Google search of these people, I found that just reading the results disclosed everything I needed to know. Digging further only verified those results. If you already knew about these people when you linked to them then, I cannot connect myself with this blog. If you had no idea then, I wish you would be more careful. I will check back occasionally to see when they are gone.

  4. no-nonsence-nancy

    DT, how did you do that map? You’re a wizzard. It’s a lot to digest. Going back to digest more.

  5. Sidley Austin would be White House Attorney Greg Craig’s firm. I assume that all these wealthy douchebags will be gladly turning all their wealth over to the state for redistribution by ACORN and the rest of the fascists. Oh wait…they’ll just be redistributing it to themselves.

    I wonder when all the poor schmucks running around thinking they are advocating for themselves, by beating up protestors and shaking down banks, are going to realize they’re still just as poor and screwed over as they were before? They think they’re empowering themselves when they’re nothing but tools for a bunch of rich idiots using their organizations as tax dodges.

    Hope and change my ass.

  6. So, Jenna…how’s all that info workin’ out for ya…?

    ;)

    As always, LM, thanks for another great job!

  7. jbjd,

    Are you the owner of this blog? I am “jbjd”; XXXX sent me to you. I would have liked to link your blog to mine – I link both liberal and conservative blogs – because you post useful information about how our government is designed to work. But I cannot, for this one reason: you feature Canada Free Press. Did you know that this is essentially a front for Douglas Hagmann, Founder of Northeast Intelligence Network? (”NEIN,” get it? “No,” in German.) Doing a Google search of these people, I found that just reading the results disclosed everything I needed to know. Digging further only verified those results. If you already knew about these people when you linked to them then, I cannot connect myself with this blog. If you had no idea then, I wish you would be more careful. I will check back occasionally to see when they are gone.

    You obviously did not reread your comment after you wrote it and did not hear yourself saying these words, did you? Pretty inflammatory information with no links to back it up and a pretty pissy attitude to go with it. I am glad you cannot connect yourself with my blog as I require approval before I allow my link on another site and you seem to think you can just do it. Who are you again?

    I took some time to investigate NEIN and Canada Free Press and the only connection I can see is that they post his articles with a disclaimer. Next time you deign to stop by and leave a comment, leave some credible links to prove your point.

    Hele Mai!

  8. The “green” mafia are formidable indeed. Selling the new green energy and green collar jobs as the savior of inner-city blacks (all the while funding ACORN to carry this unpotable water)is a brilliant strategy. “Green jobs” are nothing but unicorn farts, as no “green technology” can replace what currently works–unless of course the cost of what currently works quintuples and/or is declared illegal. Enter Waxman-Markey.
    My Soylent factories still need investors…

  9. Practical Madman

    “Green” is the new “RED” (as in Red communists). A communist by any color is still a communist. These guys are so entrenched! When someone has to have so many different links to so many different “charities”, it is a given that they have much to hide!

    Great post DT. I love coming here because I learn so much!

  10. Madman, you have no idea…I got the white board out and have been mapping the 100s of organizations that are interconnected. Tides is just one hub.

  11. NormaJean

    DT, I get such a kick out of you, equally….what message is jbjd really trying to get across, since I’ve been forward this message six times today:

    http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/14157

    America, kick ass on 9/12 and let the usurper know his time is limited!

  12. Guys,

    jbjd is one of the good guys. He’s done a ton of work on the Natural Born Citizen issue, and is a true Patriot. Maybe we should just agree to disagree.

  13. DT,

    Is there any connection between TIDES and the Institute for Policy Studies/Cora Weiss?

  14. Wholly cow, there you go again Diamond, drilling down, showing who is who and how to connect the dots. You blow me away.

    I have to get this wordpress trackback thingie figured out so that I can spread the word. You and Dr. Kate have been rockin’ it.

    There is a reason why I check your blog several times a day and that is to get the real scoop on these bisturds that are manipulating The People.

    I am working hard to wake people up in my little corner of the world. Thanks again for all that you do.

    Wave while you are in DC, I’ll be the gray-haired women with glasses.

  15. Walt – What do you think? It’s coming…not to worry, but the web is so large, it needs many posts.

    Nerve – we’ll meet I am sure.

    GG – just giving jbjd’s attitutde a hard time. Eye-opening comment first thing in the morning.

  16. drkate

    Excellent. Most appreciated, as well as the discussion of your informed readers!

  17. DT, your brilliance AND cred are beyond reproach–as always, keep up the great works!!

    ;)

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