Sunday, May 22, 2005

The new Howard Hughes?

The new Howard Hughes? -

Link from Lucianne.

I found this very interesting. Most political junkies are familiar with George Soros. But how many have ever even heard of this man? I hadn't.

Peter B. Lewis - Chairman of Progressive Corp, the 3rd largest automobile insurer. Lewis is worth an estimated $1.6 Billion.

Donations to leftwing 527 Groups by big money for the 2004 Election!
Lewis - $22.9 Million
Joint Victory Committee-$16M ( this group combined the 3 largest 527s to defeat George W. Bush)
America Coming Together(ACT) - $3M (AFL-CIO,Sierra Club & pro-abortion Emily's List)
MoveOn.Org - $2.5M
George Soros - $23.5 Million
Stephen Bing - $13.9 Million

Lewis is an addicted Marijuana Smoker. He's an advocate for the legalization of marijuana, not just for medical marijuana.

In 2000, Lewis made the kind of news uncommon among billionaires: He was arrested after customs agents found 1.7 ounces of marijuana and 2 ounces of hashish in his luggage at a New Zealand airport. He later admitted to three charges of importing drugs. He also freely admitted that he was a regular marijuana smoker. The charges were dropped when the insurance magnate agreed to make a donation to a drug rehabilitation center.

This incident may have helped to raise Lewis' political consciousness, as they say. A year later he became the largest single donor to the American Civil Liberties Union. Significantly, there were minor "strings attached" to his $7 million gift -- namely, that $5 million be earmarked for the ACLU's drug-policy litigation project, which challenges laws on drug testing in schools and on the medicinal use of marijuana.

In 2003, Lewis' foundation, the Place Fund, gave 4,122 shares of Progressive Corp. stock valued at $293,432 to the Marijuana Policy Project and 665 shares of the stock valued at $49,965 to the Drug Policy Foundation of Washington.

In 2002 Progressive shares valued at about $199,000 went to the Marijuana Policy Project and 6,633 shares of Progressive valued at $998,598 went to the Drug Policy Alliance. The Tides Foundation, a major funder of leftist causes, also received 6,633 shares of Progressive stock.

Just in case you carry Progressive Insurance you might want to rethink that policy. You premiums support radical left wing organizations and the communistic ACLU.

For those that think marijuana is a harmless drug habit think again. A recent segment on the local news talked about the percentage levels of THC in marijuana. Back in the 70's and 80's the THC level was at 2%. Today, those percentages are between 6% and 13%. The average was not given. Even at 6% this is triple the strength from the 70's and 80's. Very addictive and harmful levels.

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