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As it turns out, Gregory Ross is associated with David Horowitz and the Frontpage website. Horowitz takes money from the Bradley, Olin, Sarah Scaife and Smith Richardson foundation, in particular billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife. Horowitz, a neocon of the most By law, 501(c)(3) organizations are not permitted to engage in political activity, endorse or oppose political candidates, or donate money or time to political campaignssort, has taken “more than $1.2 million from Scaife-controlled foundations since 2000 and more than $5.6 million since 1989″ for his Center for the Study of Popular Culture, according to Terry Krepel, citing Media Transparency. But “Dickie” Scaife is more than your average neocon. He is intimately connected to the Wall Street CIA apparatus and the secret government, according to research conducted by Edward Spannaus. “From 1973 to 1975, Scaife ran Forum World Features, a foreign news service used as a front to disseminate CIA propaganda around the world,” notes Political Friendster. “The CIA has always recruited the nation’s elite: millionaire businessmen, Wall Street brokers, members of the national news media, and Ivy League scholars,” writes Steve Kangas. “Historically, the CIA and society’s elite have been one and the same people. This means that their interests and goals are one and the same as well.”