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Tuesday, September 21, 2004
Swift Boats of the Apocalypse. Some guy sends a fax to CBS News and the world as we know it comes to end, but
this continues unabated:
The Swift Boat Veterans for Truth has launched another flurry of television advertisements attacking Democrat John Kerry, and Houston homebuilder Bob Perry is providing most of the money.

In a report available to the public on Monday, the organization disclosed that it spent $326,210 on ads aired earlier this month in New Mexico and Nevada — states considered key to winning the White House this year.

Of that amount, $250,000 was donated by Perry, a longtime support of President Bush and other Republican candidates.

Perry, 71, earlier this year gave the Swift Boat Veterans $100,000 in start-up money at the urging of Houston attorney John O'Neill, co-author of a book critical of Kerry's military record.

According to the group's most recent report to the Federal Election Commission, seven other Houston residents chipped in smaller donations totaling $8,500 to the 527 political organization, so-called because of its designation under the federal tax code.

The $250,000 donated by Perry on Sept. 13 is the latest in a string of large donations from major Texas businessmen. Texas oilmen and longtime Bush family supporters Boone Pickens and Albert Huddleston previously gave $500,000 and $100,000, respectively, to the "Swifties."
There are an awful lot of rich Bush family supporters in that list. And there's no coordination between the Swifties and the Bush campaign, right?

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