Candidate John Kerry's Wife has Donated Millions of Dollars to a
Foundation that Funds "Anti-American" efforts-Disputed!
Summary of the eRumor The eRumor says that
Senator John Kerry's wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, donates millions of
dollars to The Tides Foundation. The eRumor says that the foundation supports various antiwar groups
including one that offered to defend Saddam Hussein, another that
seeks to ease restrictions on immigration from Muslin terrorist
states, a group that has close relations with the terrorist group
Hamas, and a radical Hispanic group that advocates returning all of
California, Arizona, New Mexico and Arizona to Mexico.
This story is a complex one and each
side has its own explanation.
It got started with a report in December of 2003 by the Capitol
Research Center, a conservative watchdog group in Washington, DC.
It was quoted in several newspapers including the Washington Times
and the Wall Street Journal.
The report was titled "The Tides Foundation...Liberal
Crossroads of Money and Ideas."
It explored the founding of the organization and a companion group
called the Tides Center and charged that they are used as channels
for wealthy liberals to make donations to activist causes but
without being tied directly to the activist organizations.
The article didn't focus on Teresa Heinz Kerry or the Heinz
Endowments but did use Heinz donations as an example of what it was
It claimed that between 1999 and 2001 the Howard Heinz endowment,
one of two of the Heinz endowments, donated $4,298,500 to the Tides
Foundation or the Tides Center.
There is no dispute that the Tides Foundation and Tides Center fund
But supporters of Teresa Heinz Kerry say the Heinz Endowments
donations have been for specific projects in Pennsylvania.
They liken the Tides Foundation and Tides Center to the United Way
through which donations can be given for a specific group or cause
and don't suggest that there is support for all the other United Way
A statement by the Tides Foundation disputes the Capitol Research
Center's estimate of more than four million dollars in donations to
Tides. It says that the Heinz Endowments have given only $230,000 to the
Foundation and that was between 1994 and 1998 and used solely to
support a "pollution prevention initiative and other
environmentally friendly practices by industries in Western
Pennsylvania." Confusingly, however, a document on the Heinz Endowments website
itemizes its own donations to the Tides Foundation and the Tides
center, which total $8,116,000 between 1994 and 2004.
Both the Tides Foundation and the Heinz Endowments are headquartered
The president of the Heinz Endowments, Maxwell King, said that any
of the articles that charged that donations were being secretly
given to political activist groups are wrong.
One of the contentions of the Capitol Research Center that some of
the donations are "fungible," meaning that they can be
used for something other than the stated reason for the donation.
In a response to an article about all this in the Washington Times
in March, 2004, King said, "In fact, by contract, every penny
of our support to Tides has been explicitly directed to specific
projects in our region. It cannot legally be redirected and is
the exact opposite of 'fungible.'"
So the bottom line is that the Tides Foundation and the Tides
Centers do provide grants to many left-wing activist organizations. The Heinz Endowments to make sizable donations to the Tides
Foundation and the Tides Centers. But there is dispute over whether any of those Heinz donations find
their way into some of the leftist causes that are mentioned in the
Heinz supporters say they do not and that the money donated has gone
to specific community causes in Pennsylvania. Heinz critics say the Tides organizations exist, in part, to provide
ways of making donations to activist groups in secret so the Heinz
contributions should be scrutinized.
Last updated 7/13/04
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
Maria Teresa Thiersten Simoes-Ferreira Heinz Kerry.
Married Senator Kerry in 1995. She only took his name eighteen months
ago and she is an "interesting" paradox of conflicts.
If you thought John Kerry was scary, he doesn't hold a candle to his
wife! Maria Teresa Thiersten Simoes-Ferreira Heinz Kerry was born in
Mozambique, the daughter of a Portuguese physician, was educated in
Switzerland and South Africa. Fluent in five languages, she was working
as a United Nations interpreter in Geneva in the mid-60's when she met a
"handsome" young American, H. John Heinz, III, who worked at a
bank in Geneva. He told her his family was "in the food
They were married in 1966 and returned to Pittsburgh where his family
ran the giant H. J. Heinz food company. He was elected to the US House
of Representatives in 1971, and in 1976 he was elected to the first of
three terms in the United States Senate. A Republican, he wrote a
burning diatribe against some of the causes backed by young House member
Several years later, in 1991, he was killed when his plane collided with
a Sun Oil Company helicopter over a Philadelphia suburb. The senator,
his pilot and copilot, and both of Sun's helicopter pilots were killed.
He was survived by his wife, Teresa, and their three young sons.
Four years later, having inherited Heinz's $500 million fortune, she
married Senator John Forbes Kerry, the liberal then-junior senator from
Massachusetts. She became a registered Democrat and the process of her
radicalization was set in motion.
Heinz Kerry is not shy about telling people that she required Kerry to
sign a prenuptial agreement before they were married. John Kerry may not
have check writing privileges on the Heinz catsup and pickle fortune,
but he is certainly a willing and uncomplaining beneficiary of it.
A lot of hard-earned money, made through many years of hawking catsup,
mustard, and pickles has fallen into the hands of two people who despise
successful entrepreneurship and who believe in the confiscatory
redistribution of wealth.
So how does Mrs. Heinz Kerry spend John Heinz's money?
Just one example:
According to the G2 Bulletin, an online intelligence newsletter of
WorldNetDaily, in the years between 1995-2001 she gave more than $4
million to an organization called the Tides Foundation. And what does
the Tides Foundation do with John Heinz's money?
They support numerous antiwar groups, including Ramsey Clark's
International Action Center. Clark has offered to defend Saddam Hussein
when he's tried.
They support the Democratic Justice Fund, a joint venture of the Tides
Foundation and billionaire hate-monger George Soros. The Democratic
Justice Fund seeks to ease restrictions on Muslim immigration from
They support the Council for American-Islamic Relations, whose leaders
are known to have close ties to the terrorist group, Hamas.
They support the National Lawyers Guild, organized as a communist front
during the Cold War era. One of their attorneys, Lynne Stewart, has been
arrested for helping a client, Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, communicate
with terror cells in Egypt. He is the convicted mastermind of the 1993
World Trade Center bombing.
They support the "Barrio Warriors," a radical Hispanic group
whose primary goal is to return all of Arizona, California, New Mexico,
and Texas to Mexico.
These are but a few of the radical groups that benefit, through the
anonymity provided by the Tides Foundation, from the generosity of our
would-be first lady, the wealthy widow of Republican senator John Heinz,
and now the wife of the Democratic senator who aspires to be the 44th
President of the United States.
Aiding and supporting our enemies is not good for America, regardless of
your political views.