Drummond Pike - George Soros - Tides

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                          DRUMMOND PIKE

                                   Founder and President of the Tides Foundation
                                   Director of Environmental Working Group
                                   Views the United States as a racist nation
                                   Opposes the Iraq War
                                   Calls for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention center

                          Born in San Rafael, California in 1948, Drummond Pike has served as a
                          leading official of a number of leftwing philanthropic organizations, most
                          notably the Tides Network, which he founded in 1976. He was the Tides
                          Foundation's chief executive officer until September 2010.

                          Pike earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of
                          California at Santa Cruz, and a master’s degree in that same field from the
                          Eagleton Institute at Rutgers University. During his college years, he gained
                          notoriety as an anti-Vietnam War protester and a student-power advocate,
                          leading to his selection as a campus representative to the Board of Regents
                          in 1969.

                          In 1970 Pike was associate director of the Youth Project (YP). Initially
                          organized by activists from the Center for Community Change, YP was a
                          funding group through which wealthy donors could finance the activities of
                          young activists engaging in anti-business community organizing.

                          In 1976 Pike was selected by Alan S. Davis, son of American Association of
                          Retired Persons co-founder Leonard Davis, to head his newly formed Shalan
                          Foundation. That year, a young New Mexico couple came to Pike seeking to
                          donate anonymously to a particular organization and needing a public
                          foundation to funnel their money to the donee. The Shalan Foundation could
                          not accommodate their request. Thus Pike and Arca Foundation president
                          Jane Bagley Lehman co-created the Tides Foundation as a public charity that
                          could facilitate the anonymous transfer of funds to leftwing recipients.

                          Pike also heads the Tides Center, which was created in 1996 by the Tides
                          Foundation. The Tides Center functions as a legal firewall insulating the
                          Tides Foundation from potential lawsuits filed by people whose livelihoods

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                          or well-being may have been harmed by Foundation-funded projects.

                          In addition to his duties with Tides, Pike serves as a director of the
                          Environmental Working Group (EWG) and as a board member of such
                          activist groups as: Democracy Alliance; the Solidago Foundation, which
                          contributed $15,000 to the Institute for Policy Studies; the Endswell
                          Foundation, an environmental group in British Columbia; and Working
                          Assets. Other organizations in which Pike has held leadership positions
                          include Island Press, Network for Good, the Sage Centre, the Threshold
                          Foundation, the Charity Projects Entertainment Fund, the Social Venture
                          Network, the Sierra Fund, and America’s Charities.

                          Pike founded the website (now to facilitate
                          online charitable contributions to leftwing causes. He also created the
                          Tsunami fund, an anti-capitalist, anti-gun ownership lobbying group. Both
                          organizations have strong ties to the Tides Foundation.

                          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

                          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

                          Pike has made a number of campaign contributions over the years, mostly to

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                          Democratic candidates such as Sherrod Brown, John Edwards, and Barack
                          Obama. He also has given money to Political Action and the
                          Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

                          Pike is a great admirer of ACORN's founder and longtime leader Wade
                          Rathke, who has been a Tides Foundation director since its inception.

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