Magazine April 11, 2016, Issue

Benefactors with Great Wealth

Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires behind the Rise of the Radical Right, by Jane Mayer (Doubleday, 464 pp., $29.95)

When John D. Rockefeller gave $100,000 to the American Board of Foreign Missions in 1905 to support Congregational ministries overseas, his critics seized on a piece the Congregational Church’s moderator, the Reverend Washington Gladden, had written a decade before, in which he had denounced giving by the rich as “tainted money.” These fortunes, Gladden had charged, were acquired “by methods as heartless, as cynically iniquitous as any that were employed by the Roman plunderers or robber barons of the Dark Ages.” “Is this clean money?” he asked. “Can any man, can any institution, knowing its origins, touch it without being

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