Newsbrief: Prohibitionist Bush Supporters "Expose and Oppose" Soros 10/29/04

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In an event timed just days before next week's national election, prohibitionist supporters of President George Bush held a "National Anti-Drug Summit to Expose and Oppose George Soros" Thursday in Washington, DC. Soros, the Hungarian-born billionaire currency speculator, has long supported drug reform initiatives through his Open Society Institute, as well as supporting democratic openings in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

But despite the "anti-drug" language of the attack on Soros, it appears he is being targeted not because of his support of drug reform but because of the millions of dollars he has thrown into the effort to defeat President Bush. As the summit announcement notes, "Through a loophole in the campaign finance law, Soros is spending tens of millions of dollars to defeat President Bush, who opposes drug legalization." The summit was "designed to draw attention to how Soros intends to subvert our nation's anti-drug policy if he achieves his stated goal of defeating Bush on November 2," organizers announced.

The event featured a gaggle of notorious prohibitionists, including Maryland anti-drug activist Joyce Nalepka, former DEA administrators Donnie Marshall and Peter Bensinger, recently resigned deputy drug czar Andrea Barthwell, former NIDA head Robert Dupont, and Robert Charles, current Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs and former counsel and staff advisor to Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert. Hastert himself made waves a few weeks ago when he slandered Soros on national television by implying that he made money through consorting with drug cartels (http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/352/soros.shtml).

In a further indication of the summit's intensely partisan focus, it will also feature the release of a "comprehensive report on how the major media have completed failed to investigate the Soros agenda for America and his controversial financial dealings." That report is authored by Cliff Kincaid, editor of the conservative publication Accuracy in Media (http://www.aim.org).

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