December 26, 2008, - 3:57 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Like reader “There Is No Santa Claus,” I note, again, that most of the greedy people who lost money from the Bernard Madoff scam were liberals and lefties, and I really don’t feel bad for any of these “victims.” Least admirable among them is the ACLU, which was an indirect donee of Madoff, who gave a ton to similar far-left enablers of America’s enemies.
Hahahahahaha. The Islamic Terrorists Civil Liberties Union lost money because of Madoff, and I should be sad about this because . . . ? Actually, I see this as one of the great things about this whole Madoff affair.
Read it and smile:
Among the casualties of Wall Street money manager Bernard Madoff are several civil liberties groups–including two that are now being forced to close their doors.
The Jeht Foundation and The Rockit Foundation, based in Manhattan, said they’re shutting down at the end of January because of their benefactors’ investments with the veteran Wall Street money manager. They are the latest alleged victims to step forward in the unwinding of the Ponzi fund that investigators claim was being run by the 70-year-old Madoff. . . .
Robert Crane, who heads both the Jeht and Rockit funds, said the foundations will let go all 26 of their employees. The groups have a combined annual budget of $32 million and provide more than $500,000 a year to the American Civil Liberties Union, he said. The funds also provided $57,000 this year to the New Jersey chapter of the ACLU for its “Unlock the Vote” campaign to allow citizens on parole or probation to vote.
“This is sad,” said Crane. “We’re not the only ones impacted by this, by a long shot, but that doesn’t make it any easier.”
Deborah Jacobs, spokeswoman for the New Jersey ACLU, said the demise of the Rockit and Jeht foundations will hit her organization particularly hard. Their $57,000 donation represents 10 percent of the chapter’s political lobbying budget, she said. Most charitable donations are tax deductible and cannot be utilized for lobbying, unlike the funds’ contribution.
“This is a huge loss for us,” Jacobs said.
I cry frozen crocodile tears for the ACLU, whose milkshake was just drunk by its own patron saint, Bernie Madoff. So sad, too bad. Now, maybe they can defend him in court.
BTW, I await the further headlines on this injury to the poor old ACLU. Here’a a start: “Madoff Scam: Muslims, Illegal Aliens, Criminal Convicts Who Can’t Vote–Hardest Hit.”