The Populist Action Committee

                   (by Richard Hatch May 1993)    

     In 1991, the Populist Action Committee (PAC) was "formally launched by the Liberty Lobby, the Washington-based populist institution that publishes _The Spotlight_."  [Spotlight 6-3-91, pg 1] The PAC is intimately tied to the Spotlight, which is "a prime mover behind the PAC." [Spotlight, 9-9-91, pg A-3] Unlike conventional political action committees, the PAC will not give money directly to candidates for office, but rather will "promote and publicize populist candidates, urging patriots to make direct contributions to these candidates." [ibid]

                          The Kick-Off

     The featured speaker at the kick-off meeting was "English populist" John Tyndall of the British National Party. [_The Spotlight_ June 3, 1991, page 1]  Tyndall is a British "former" National Socialist who has been quoted as saying "The Jew is like a maggot feeding on a body in an advanced state of decay." [_Beyond the Pale: The Christian Political Fringe_ by Derrick Knight, Caraf Publications, Lancashire, 1982, page 47] The selection of Tyndall as featured speaker for the founding meeting is an indication of the political direction of the Populist Action Committee.

     Tyndall was a founder of the British National Party in 1960. [_The Other Face of Terror_ by Ray Hill with Andrew Bell, Grafton Books, 1988] The original BNP was "pro-nazi and anti-semitic" and later merged with other far-right groups to form the National Front in 1967. The NF promoted the exclusion of non-whites from England. [_The National Front_, by Nigel Fielding, Routledge & Kegan Paul, London, 1981, page 67-68]

     Tyndall resurrected the old BNP name when he founded a new party after the collapse of the National Front. As noted in a _Spotlight_ interview, the BNP publishes _British Nationalist_ and _Spearhead_. [Spotlight, 6-24-91 pgs. 16-17] The name _Spearhead_ is a throwback to the paramilitary organization in

which Tyndall was active during the original BNP days. Tyndall, who sported Nazi-style stormtrooper attire in those days, was " gaoled" for his involvement in this paramilitary group. [_The Other Face of Terror_ by Ray Hill with Andrew Bell, Grafton Books, 1988]

                 Promoting "Populist Candidates"

     According to Liberty Lobby founder Willis Carto, the PAC " will be promoting populist candidates." [Spotlight, 6-10-91, pg 11] The PAC does this in part by publicizing the activities of such candidates in the _Spotlight_. In one such case, the _Spotlight_ directed readers to Joe Fields who in 1992 was running for a California State legislature seat under the banner of the American Independent Party. Fields is notorious far-right activist from Southern California who in 1987 "identified himself to reporters as a member of the National  Socialist  American Workers Party." [Los Angeles Times March 11, 1988 pg. 30 section 1]

     Art Jones was singled out for publicity in a special PAC " wrap" addition to the Spotlight. [_Spotlight_, 3-9-92, pg A-2] The PAC identified Jones as one of "seven viable candidates for public office who are dedicated to the principles of populism...With your help, there is a chance to elect candidates unbeholden to special interests now plunging our country into ruin." Apparently, this was as far as the PAC could go, since the special PAC "wrap" noted that the "Populist Action Committee is a research and education entity not registered with the Federal Election Committee and does not endorse any candidate." [Spotlight, 3-9-92, pg A2]

     An earlier PAC report in the _Spotlight_ described Art Jones as a candidate who "puts America first." The _Spotlight_ went on to note that "Jones has been connected to far-right nationalist groups in the Chicago area by the local media." [_Spotlight_, 2- 24-92, pg.7] In fact, local media reports had identified Jones as a leader in the American Nazi Party. [Chicago Tribune 1-20-89 pg. 3]

     Jones was active in overt Nazi agitation as far back as 1979, when he was photographed at a Chicago rally wearing the swastika armband. He later became briefly involved with Civilian Military Assistance (CMA). CMA was part of the "private" support network for Reagan's contra war in Nicaragua. [Old Nazis, the New Right, and the Republican Party, by Russ Bellant, South End Press, Boston, MA, 1991, pp. 120-122]

     In 1989, Jones was vice chairman of the American Nazi Party. He became somewhat well known when he was photographed shaking hands with David Duke during Duke's run for governor of Louisiana. Even Duke, attempting to shake off his own past, called Jones a "Nazi kook." [The Emergence of David Duke and the Politics of Race, Douglas Rose, editor, University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, 1992, pg 64]  

                       Populist Personnel

     The make-up of the advisory board of the PAC gives an idea of why such "populist candidates" would be promoted by the PAC.

The members (and their descriptions) as of March 9, 1992 included:

Abe Linclon Austin (Monetary Scientist) Mike Blair (Investigative Reporter) Ken Bohnsack (Founder, Sovereignty) Robert Brock (Black Nationalist) Howard Carson (Publishing Consultant) Capt. G. Russel Evans (Historian) Lt. Col. James (Bo) Gritz (US Army, ret.) Dr. Martin A. Larson (Author) Roger Lourie (President, Devin-Adair publishing) Donald A. MacPherson (Constitutional Attorney) Pauline Mackey (Treasurer, ret. David Duke for President) Tom McIntyre (Former Chairman, Populist Party) Eustace Mullins (Author) John Nugent (Financial Consultant) Lawrence Patterson (Editor & Publisher, Criminal Politics) Col. L. Fletcher Prouty (US Air Force, ret.) John Rakus (President, National Justice Foundation) John Rarick (Former Congressman, D-Louisiana) Vince Ryan (Editor, The Spotlight) Sherman Skolnick (Chairman, Committee to Clean Up the Courts) Maj. James H. Townsend, Ret. (Editor & Publisher, The National Educator) James P. Tucker (President, National Media Services) Tom Valentine (Host, Radio Free America) Raymond E. Walk (President, Rayan Associates, Inc.) Robert Weems (Founding Chairman, Populist Party)

Some biographies may be useful in illustrating the caliber of advisors to the PAC.

Mike Blair

     "Investigative reporter" Blair is a longtime reporter for the _Spotlight_.  

Robert Brock

     Robert Brock is a "black nationalist" who promotes the repatriation of Black Americans and supports the so-called Pace Amendment to that end. This amendment would cause untold upheaval as it calls for the compulsory repatriation of most minorities in a period of one year. The Pace Amendment would establish mechanisms by which one's race would be judged by "a combination of blood type, ancestry, and appearance." [The Politics of Righteousness: Idaho Christian Patriotism, by James Aho, University of Washington Press, Seattle, 1990]

     Brock's unusual sense of humor was revealed in a surprise appearance at Pete Peters Identity Christian camp in 1988. Brock entered the meeting hall dressed in a KKK robe and revealed himself, at the podium, no doubt to hearty guffaws. [Scriptures for America Volume V, 1988, pg. 20]

     Brock also organized a 1992 Holocaust revisionist "First Amendment" conference in Southern California [Los Angeles Times 2-2-92, pg 1, part B] Institute for Historical Review regular Mark Weber spoke, as did Joe Fields, now with the Populist Party, and his Afrikaner-born wife Dee Fields. Joe proclaimed his belief in "the purity of the races... and the desirability of segregation."

Lt. Col. James "Bo" Gritz

     Gritz was "featured at two Liberty Lobby conventions in 1987 and 1990." [Spotlight, 10-26-92, pg 5] Gritz is a regular on the Christian Identity/Patriot/Liberty Lobby circuit. Rudy Proctor, who Gritz met while attending one of Pastor Pete Peters' Christian Identity camps, paid for tapes and press releases to be sent to radio stations as part of Gritz Khun Sa publicity campaign [Called to Serve, pg. 485-486]

     Gritz has also worked with another prominent Christian Identity activist, Richard Flowers, of Boring, Oregon. Flowers heads up the Christian Patriot Association (CPA), which publishes _The Patriot Review_ and sponsored a Gritz campaign trip to Oregon. Flowers believes that "Blacks in general have a lower IQ than whites, and most just want to come in and take over without establishing anything themselves." [_The Clackamas County Review_ week ending June 3, 1992, pg. 1-2]

     The CPA distributes an array of literature and audio/video tapes through their 76 page book catalog. [CPA Book Publisher Book Catalog 1992-1993] There are whole sections devoted to " Christianity-Race-Religion" and "The Jewish Issue." Audio tapes by old stand-bys of the Posse Comitatus movement, such as James Wickstrom, are available. [_Blood in the Face_ by James Ridgeway, Thunder's Mouth Press, 1990, pg 133 supplies an example of a Wickstrom tape message.] Holocaust revisionists are well represented with tapes by David Irving and books by Arthur Butz and Austin App.

     Gritz has had a direct working relationship with the CPA through the National Coalition to Reform Money and Taxes (NCRMT.) Gritz's Center for Action and the CPA, as well as a number of other "patriot" organizations are allied in this project to repeal income tax, return to the use of gold and silver, etc... The January 1992 edition of_The Petitioner_ newsletter, which reports on the activities of the coalition, approvingly interviewed Gritz and his campaign manager Charlie Brown and reported on Gritz's participation in the coalition.

     Gritz also participated in at least one Patterson Strategy conference in October 1991 (See below entry for Patterson.) [_Criminal Politics_, July 1991, pg. 29]  

Martin Larson

     Larson's column appears practically every week in the _Spotlight_. Larson writes primarily on economic matters, but manages to throw in enough other tidbits to make things interesting. For example, he feels that "the powers that be are doing everything they can to encourage breeding among welfare recipients." [Spotlight, 3-9-92 pg 18]  

Roger Lourie

     Lourie's Devin-Adair company is a long-time source of right- wing publications. In addition, "Devin-Adair and Regnery published the greater part of those World War II revisionist studies which faulted the Roosevelt administration for intervening against the Axis powers." [_The Liberty Lobby and the American Right_, by Frank P. Mintz Greenwood Press Westport, Connecticut, 1985, page 48]  

Tom McIntyre

     McIntyre was chairman of the Populist Party when they nominated "former" Klansman David Duke as their Presidential candidate in 1988. (Gritz was nominated to run as Vice Presidential candidate--see above for Gritz.) [Spotlight, 3-28- 88, pg 4]

Eustace Mullins

     Mullins is the author of the virulently anti-Jewish book _The Biological Jew_ [Faith and Service Books, Stauton, VA, 1968]. Mullins, in this lengthy comparison of Jews with biological parasites, wrote:

     The Jew has always functioned best as a panderer, a      pornographer, a master of prostitution, an enemy of the      prevailing sexual standards and prohibitions of the gentile      community....

     We must remember that there is no Jewish crime per se, since      the existence of the Jewish parasite on the host is a crime      against nature, because its existence imperils the health      and life of the host...

     This religious ceremony of drinking the blood of an innocent      gentile child is basic to the Jew's entire concept of his      existence as a parasite, living off the blood of the host...

     The Jews do not want anyone to know what Nazism is. Nazism      is simply this--a proposal that the German people rid      themselves of the parasitic Jews. The gentile host dared to      protest against the continued presence of the parasite, and      attempted to throw it off. It was an ineffectual reaction,      because it was emotional and ill-informed...

     Mullins' writings are a standby on the Klan/neo-Nazi circuit. A recent Sons of Liberty book list included Mullins titles such as _Jewish TV: Sick, Sick, Sick_, _The Jewish War Against the Christian World_, and _Easter_, which the catalog tells us give a "look at the 5,000 years of history in the ongoing war between the Satanic-Jewish forces and their Babylonian religious system and the rest of humanity." [Sons of Liberty Fall 1992 catalog, New Christian Chrusade Church]  

Lawrence Patterson

     Patterson addressed the national committee of the Populist Party in 1988 when they gathered for the David Duke nomination. Patterson's _Criminal Politics_ newsletter carries warnings of a " Zionist Trilateral Party" conspiracy to merge the United States, the USSR, and Europe. This conspiracy is "anti-American, anti- religious, atheistic, anti-Christian, anti-Catholic, and, anti- Protestant." [_Criminal Politics_, July 1991, pg. 6]

     Patterson's newletter, which went for $15 an issue in 1991, listed Eustace Mullins (see above) as contributing editor. Eric Butler and Ivor Benson were listed as correspondents. Butler has been a long time leader of the Australian League of Rights and is " considered a mentor by active racists and anti-semites throughout the English-speaking world." [_Beyond the Pale: The Christian Political Fringe_ by Derrick Knight, Caraf Publications, Lancashire, 1982, pp. 23] Similarly, Benson--Information Advisor to the former Rhodesian government --was a stauch supporter of apartheid in South Africa [ibid. pg. 153]

Pauline Mackey

     Mackey is another veteran of the David Duke campaign.

Col. L. Fletcher Prouty

     Prouty has maintained a strong relationship with the Liberty Lobby for years. During the lengthy legal battles surrounding the Mermelstein lawsuits against the Liberty Lobby and Willis A. Carto, Prouty and fellow PAC advisory board member Lt. Col. James " Bo" Gritz were "prepared to testify as character witnesses on behalf of Liberty Lobby founder Willis A. Carto." [The Spotlight, October 7, 1991, page 12]

     Prouty has been a guest on the Liberty Lobby sponsored Radio Free America program dozens of times. Prouty was a featured speaker at the 35th Liberty Lobby Board of Policy convention were he said "If anybody really wants to know what's going on in the world today, he should be reading _Spotlight_" and explained that " one of the first enemies we have in this country is usury". [Spotlight, 10-8-90, pg. 14]  

John Rarick

     Rarick has been "a willing enough ally of the Liberty Lobby" for years. [_The Liberty Lobby and the American Right_, by Frank P. Mintz Greenwood Press Westport, Connecticut, 1985, page 155] Rarick was a prominent activist in the segregationist white Citizens Councils.  

Robert Weems  

     Weems was the founding chairman of the Populist Party. Weems was a "voting member of party's national executive committee" in 1988, when the party nominated David Duke. [Spotlight, 3-28-88, pg 4] Also the founding national chairman of the PAC, Weems was a Mississippi KKK leader [_Blood in the Face_ by James Ridgeway, Thunder's Mouth Press, 1990, page 131]

     Weems was scheduled to speak in July 1991 at the "First National Identity-Christian Conference in Reidsville, North Carolina. His topic was "Internationalism and How it Relates to Race, Nation, and Faith." Other speakers at the conference included Eustace Mullins and Lt. Col. James "Bo" Gritz. The promotional materials for this conference included advertisements for books such as _Our Nordic Race_, _White Race--True People of Israel_, and _God's Call to Race_. [Conference mailing, June 1991]    

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