My colleague Jerry Kammer (who won the Pulitzer for sending Duke Cunningham to jail) has a new piece out on the Carnegie Corporation and its funding on immigration. Despite the “corporation” name, it’s Andrew Carnegie’s grantmaking foundation, the one that built all the libraries, and is dedicated to promoting “the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding.” Current president Vartan Gregorian (no relation, I’m glad to say) continues this tradition of rectitude and high-mindedness:
The Corporation is committed to the idea of investing in a wide range of both competing and complementary scholars and institutions as one way we can increase and help to create knowledge. Our goal is to augment the sources of knowledge that may be drawn upon to inform American leaders and citizens about the issues on the nation’s agenda, and thus enrich discussion and debate about them.
This reminds me of the cynical governor in O Brother, Where Art Thou: “Moral fiber? I invented moral fiber! Pappy O’Daniel was displaying rectitude and high-mindedness when that egghead you work for was still messing his drawers!” The Carnegie Corporation is certainly advancing and promoting something, but it ain’t knowledge and understanding. As Kammer describes, Carnegie has left behind its original purpose and joined with the usual leftist suspects — the Ford Foundation, Open Society Institute, Atlantic Philanthropies, the Tides Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation — to fund the work of the most strident and shrill open-borders activists. It’s spent at least $57 million over the past ten years not just to promote “comprehensive immigration reform” but to intimidate into silence anyone who disagrees. As Kammer writes:
While the Carnegie Corporation claims to be committed to enriching democratic discussion on complex issues, its immigration activism has funded smear campaigns that explicitly seek to narrow the national discussion by demonizing those who dissent from CIR.
I don’t know if Carnegie is also funding the gay-marriage movement, but its efforts on immigration are part of the same broad trend as the SPLC’s labeling the Family Research Council and others as “hate groups” — agree with us or shut up!
Maybe the funniest part is Kammer’s lead, where he describes a public-radio news story whose message was that Republicans had better back amnesty if they knew what was good for them. It was based on a report documenting increasing percentage of immigrants and their children among registered voters. But get this: The effort to register immigrants was funded by Carnegie; the report on the increase of immigrants among registered voters was issued by the immigration lawyers’ think tank, which is funded by Carnegie; and the radio story on the report was done by the Capital News Connection, which is also funded by Carnegie. Talk about vertical integration!
For all the seamy details, read the whole thing.