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The Truth About "Campaign For A Progressive Future"

Friday, October 20, 2000

The Campaign for a Progressive Future has begun running ads attacking pro-gun candidates. The ads bill the group as a grassroots organization of concerned citizens, the reality is quite different. Most of the group`s donors are extremely wealthy social activists with a history of supporting extreme causes that many American`s don`t agree with, such as the legalization of drugs. Below you can see for yourself a listing of the group`s officers, donors and those they have given money to.

A summary of the officers of Campaign for a Progressive Future follows.

Laura Bergthold
Director/President

Associations:
Founder, Campaign for Americas Future. She is currently employed with Act III Communications owned by Norman Lear, Chairman and CEO. Noman Lear is a major Hollywood film producer, director, screenwriter, political and social activist. He contributed $10k (maximum amount) to the Clinton Legal Defense Fund.

Frank Smith
Director/Secretary

Associations:
Founder, Campaign for Americas Future GreenVote - College youth led national organization founded to protect the environment.

Steven Cobble
Director/Treaurer/Consultant

Associations:
Currently an independent political consultant. Formerly employed with The Arca Foundation as Executive Director. Their interests are campaign finance reform, "concern with the dramatic deterioration of conditions for working people in this country," U.S. policy toward Cuba. The Arca Foundation gave $50,000 to the Institute for America`s Future (Campaign for Americas Future) in 1999.


A summary of contributors follows.

Alida R. Messinger--$80,000.00
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10112

Associations:
Alida R. Messinger Charitable Trust, Rockefeller Family Trust --Trustee

Interests:
energy conservation, environmental, child health organizations

Steven T. Kirsch--$250,000.00
1010 Rincon Circle
San Jose, CA 95131

Associations:
Kirsch Foundation -- a $75 million foundation Founder of Infoseek

Interests:
primarily devoted to environmental, medical research

George Soros--$500,000.00
Soros Fund Management
888 Seventh Ave.
New York, NY 10106

Associations:
Soros Foundation

Interests:
in the U.S. "Correcting the deficiencies of the essentially open society," gun control, international human rights

Elizabeth Gilmore--$250,000.00
218 East 18th Street
New York, NY 10003

Associations:
Global Habitat Project--Executive Director,

Interests:
GHP is an organization that seeks to inform youngsters about the natural world, motivate them to protect the environment, and enable them to become confident learners. GHP publishes Greenspeak, and environmental publication researched and written by kids for kids that promotes environmental awareness, science education, literacy, and English as a Second Language. Elizabeth`s background includes acting as the Lead Project Designer for an award-winning educational video series and, while the New England Director of UNICEF she was instrumental in organizing the Boston Summit for Children in 1990.

Irene Diamond--$500,000.00
375 Park Ave.
New York, NY 10152

Associations:
The Irene Diamond Fund, Inc., Aaron Diamond Foundation, Warner Brothers, Samuel Goldwyn -- movie producer, Paramount Pictures, Hal Wallis -- movie producer

Irene Diamond had been head of the story department at Warner Brothers where she was in charge of examining and identifying scripts for possible production as motion pictures.

A native of Pittsburgh, Diamond pursued a film industry career in New York City and Hollywood, becoming a senior story and talent editor for Warner Brothers, Samuel Goldwyn and Paramount Pictures. Among her credits, during many years of work with the producer Hal Wallis, are the purchase and development of the scripts Come Back Little Sheba, The Rose Tattoo, and Casablanca.

Interests:
arts, aids research, human rights, civil liberties

Eli Broad--$25,000.00
SunAmerica, Inc
One SunAmerica Center
Century City
Los Angeles, CA 90067

Associations:
Sun America, Inc. - CEO & Chairman of the Board, Kaufman & Broad Home Corporation - Chairman, Democratic National Convention, Los Angeles 2000 - Chairman, Broad Foundation, The Broad Art Foundation

Interests:
art, culture and the community, education contributed $10k (maximum amount) to Clinton Legal Defense Fund

Expenditures by The Campaign for a Progressive Future have gone to the following:

NAME

ADDRESS

CITY

EMPLOYER

OCCUPATION

AMOUNT

Coie Perkins

607 Fourteenth St, NW

Washington, D.C. 20005

Perkins, Coie, Inc.

Law Firm

$1,731.69

Crounse, Malchow & Schlackman

1133 Fifteenth St, NW

Washington, D.C. 20005

Crounse, Malchow & Schlack

Direct mail firm

$1,014,971.50

Laguens, Hamburger, Stone Med

4301 Connectiicut Avenue,

Washington, D.C. 20008

LHS Media

Television & radio production

$94,508.90

The Maccabee Group

216 Third Street, SE, #1

Washington, D.C. 20003

The Maccabee Group

Research

$6,000.00

Lake, Snell, Perry & Associates

1726 M Street, NW

Washington, D.C. 20036

Lake, Snell, Perry & Associates

Polling Firm

$52,901.30

Steve Cobble

P.O. Box 6608

Falls Church, VA 22040

Self Employed

Political Consultant

$16,036.34

Robert L. Borosage

3714 Morrison St, NW

Washington, D.C. 20015

Self Employed

Research & Consulting

$8,602.23

Media Strategies & Research

445 Union Boulevard

Lakewood, CO 80228

MSR

TV & radio time buying firm

$457,832.00

National Journal

1501 M Street NW

Washington, D.C. 20005

National Journal

Publishing firm

$1,997.00

Million Mom March PAC

San Francisco General Hospital

San Francisco, CA 94110

Million Mom March PAC

Gun safety advocacy

$200,000.00

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