118false accusations against kerry's wife
- Aug 4, 2004New FactCheck.org Document: Internet "Whispering
Campaigns" Falsely Accuse Teresa Heinz Kerry
Bogus e-mail messages claim she's given millions to
some linked to terrorists, and located Heinz factories
claims are false.
False allegations about Kerry's wife have been
circulating for months,
but the velocity of the Internet "whispering campaign"
substantially with the approach of the Fall campaign.
One false message claims Teresa Heinz Kerry gave $4
million to a
foundation that used the funds to support a list of
including one with alleged links to Hamas and another
that is said to
have offered to provide a lawyer for Saddam Hussein.
But public records
show otherwise. Heinz Kerry's foundation money was
directed to projects
such as "Sustainable Pittsburgh," which promotes
Another widely circulated e-mail claims Kerry and his
wife "own" dozens
of H.J. Heinz Company factories in Europe and Asia. It
accuses Kerry of
hypocrisy for denouncing offshoring of US jobs while
off that cheap labor."
That's also false: neither of them own Heinz. Public
records show Heinz
Kerry isn't an officer of the company, isn't on the
company's board of
directors, and isn't even close to being the largest
Heinz Endowments do own Heinz stock -- less than 4% of
the company --
but income from that stock goes to charity, not to the
FactCheck.org has received hundreds of copies of these
two e-mails from
subscribers who asked us to check out whether there's
any truth to
They have been circulating like a virus, relayed by
people who either
don't bother to check out whether they are true, or
don't care. It's
modern equivalent of the old "whispering campaign" in
served as political weapons.
Bogus E-mail (excerpt):
Teresa Heniz Funds Hamas?
Subject: Catsup, Pickles and the Radical left .
. .So how does Mrs. Heinz Kerry spend John Heinz's
money? Just one
According to the G2 Bulletin, an online intelligence
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 anti-war groups , including
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.
Justice Fund seeks to ease restrictions on Muslim
They support the Council for American-Islamic
Relations, whose leaders
are known to have close ties to the terrorist group,
They support the National Lawyers Guild, organized as
a communist front
during the Cold War era. One of their attorneys, Lynne
arrested for helping a client, Sheikh Omar Abdel
with terror cells in Egypt He is the convicted
mastermind of the 1993
World Trade Center bombing.
They support Planned Parenthood, the National Abortion
League, and the Abortion Action Project. They support
the most violent
of all homosexual action groups, ACT-UP.
They support the "Barrio Warriors," a radical Hispanic
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
Heinz, and now the wife of the Democratic senator who
aspires to be the
44th President of the United States.
Teresa Heinz Kerry and the Tides Foundation
The more virulent of these nasty, false mailings
alleges that she's
given more than $4 million to the Tides Foundation
<http://www.tides.org/index_tds.cfm> of San
Francisco to fund a
variety of "radical" groups including some that the
supportive of terrorists.
To start, that's flatly denied by Maxwell King, the
President of the
Heinz Endowments. King told FactCheck.org:
King: Neither she nor her foundations has ever funded
any of the
extremist organizations or unpatriotic causes listed
in the email you
The Tides Foundation also says that no Heinz funds
have gone to any of
the groups named in the e-mail. Further, it says Tides
little or no money to several of them. Christopher J.
of Communications of the Tides Foundation, told us
that the allegation
about a Ramsey Clark group is utterly false, for
Herrera: We have made no grants to this organization
nor can we
find any association with it in our records.
According to Herrera, Tides Foundation gifts to the
Guild total "approximately $30,000 over the last ten
donations to the Council on Islamic Relations amounted
to a single
$5,000 grant in 2002 for a Southern California project
"Interfaith Coalition Against Hate Crimes." But even
small sums didn't come from Heinz money as alleged.
Where $8 million went
Both groups say the only money given directly to the
the Heinz Endowments was $230,000 given between 1994
and 1998, all used
to support a pollution-prevention initiative and other
projects in Western Pennsylvania.
Much larger sums have gone through a related legal
entity called the
Tides Center <http://www.tidescenter.org/aboutus.cfm>
administers grants for groups receiving donations that
themselves incorporated as a nonprofit organization.
The Tides Center
takes a fee, typically between 7% and 9%, for handling
disbursing, legal and administrative work, but the
rest legally must go
to the group for which the donor intended it.
The Heinz Endowments released a list
<http://www.heinz.org/files/HP_Digit.pdf> of grants
million given through Tides since 1994. None of the
money went for the
"radical" groups named in the e-mail.Instead, the
grants included such
$1.6 million for " Sustainable Pittsburgh
<http://www.sustainablepittsburgh.org/> ," which
promotes such projects
as "bike to work week."
Just over $1 million for the " Chemical Strategies
<http://www.chemicalstrategies.org/> ," which looks
for ways to cut the
use of chemicals in industry.
$800,000 for the " Green Building Alliance
<http://www.gbapgh.org/> ," which promotes buildings
that use less
Nearly $1.4 million for the "Pennsylvania Energy
spun off several renewable-energy projects before
going out of business
at the end of 2000.
Included in the $8.1 million are grants from the
Howard Heinz Endowment
and also the Vira I. Heinz Endowment, which
collectively make up the
Heinz Endowments. Heinz Kerry chairs the Howard Heinz
larger of the two, and is a member of the board of
directors of the
smaller Vira I. Heinz Endowment.
The list appears to be accurate: FactCheck.org checked
each grant on
list against those that the Heinz endowments reported
to the US
Revenue Service on their form 990's for the five years
2002. We found no discrepancies: all the grants on the
matched grants reported on the IRS forms, where there
could be legal
penalties for false reporting. We would have checked
990's for other
years but those before 1998 are not readily available,
and the two
endowments aren't scheduled to file their forms for
2003 until Aug. 15.
(Anyone who wants to check for themselves can call up
the Heinz form
990's here <http://www.guidestar.org/index.jsp> ,
where they are
posted for all to see by Guidestar, a national
database of nonprofit
organizations. The service is free, but registration
The Scaife Connection
This false allegation has its roots in a study
December, 2003 by the conservative Capital Research
Washington, DC. It stated that the Tides Foundation
and Tides Center
"effectively 'launder' donor dollars" so that "the
original donor can't
be linked to the ultimate recipient." It said the
Heinz Endowments had
given $4,298,500 to Tides between 1995 and 2001. That
turned out to be
much less than the actual amount, and far from being
donations from Heinz are listed on the endowment's
<http://www.heinz.org/index.asp?loc=J,J4> as well as
available form 990's.
One of the study's authors then wrote an opinion piece
that appeared in
the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, accusing Heinz of
teaming with Tides to
engage in "secretive funneling of cash . . . to
activist groups." In fact, none of the Heinz money was
earmarked for any of the organizations listed.
two articles have been quoted widely on conservative
pages and on conservative websites, one of which is
quoted in the bogus
e-mail we cite here.
Worth noting is that the publisher of the Pittsburgh
conservative Republican donor William Mellon Scaife,
also gave $260,000 to Capital Research in 2002,
according to a March 7
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Scaife attracted notice in
the 1990's when he
funded some of the journalistic investigations into
affairs. It was the editorial page director for
Tribune-Review, Colin McNickle, whom Heinz Kerry told
to "shove it" in
much-reported incident during the Democratic National
Heinz Kerry and the Overseas Food Factories
Another e-mail that many of our subscribers have asked
about claims --
falsely -- that Heinz Kerry and her husband "own"
hypocritically are "making millions off all that cheap
denouncing Bush for letting jobs go to other
Teresa Sends Jobs Offshore?
Check your Heinz 57 labels
Shortly after reading the following e-mail content, I
happened to look
at the label of a jar of Heinz sandwich slice pickles.
Check some of your Heinz products.
Sen. John Kerry keeps talking about U.S. corporations
country and setting up shop in foreign countries,
taking thousands of
jobs with them. He is right, because that has
happened. However, he is
trying to blame it on George W. Bush.
As far as I know, Bush has not moved one factory out
of this country
because he is not the owner of a single factory.
That cannot be said about Kerry and his wife, Teresa
According to the Wall Street Journal, the Kerrys own
32 factories in
Europe and 18 in Asia and the Pacific. In addition,
their company, the
Heinz Company, leases four factories in Europe and
four in Asia .
they own 27 factories in North America, some of which
are in Mexico and
I wonder how many hundreds of American workers lost
their jobs when
these plants relocated to foreign countries. I also
wonder if the
workers in Mexico and Asia are paid the same wages and
workers in the United States.
Of course they're not. However, Kerry demands that
other companies that
relocate should pay the same benefits they did in the
U.S. Why does he
not demand this of the Heinz Company, since he is
married to the owner?
If Kerry is elected, will he and his wife close all
factories and bring all those jobs back to America? Of
won't. They're making millions off that cheap labor.
If you can read this, thank a teacher.
If you are reading it in English, thank a soldier.
This one can also be proved false from publicly
available records. In
fact, Heinz Kerry has no role in running the food
As the H.J. Heinz Company reports in its most recent
proxy statement on
file with the Securities and Exchange Commission,
Heinz Kerry is not on
the company's board of directors
htm#toc82155_4> , nor is she listed among the
htm#toc82155_2> (those who control 5% or more of the
shares). The charitable foundations she controls once
held much more
Heinz stock but sold off most of it nearly a decade
ago to diversify
their investments. The Heinz company said in a recent
currently controls less than 4% of the company's
stock. The largest
shareholder is actually a California investment
company that owns
roughly three times as much as the Heinz charitable
About all that is true in this e-mail is that the
Heinz company has a
number of factories overseas.
Its most recent annual report
1e10vk.txt> , also publicly available at the SEC's
website, lists 32
factories owned in Europe (and three more leased), and
18 in Asia and
the Pacific (plus four more leased). Heinz also
reported selling just
over $3 billion in products in Europe and more than $1
billion more in
Asia and the Pacific -- accounting for roughly half
The company issued a statement
back in March,
when this e-mail first began circulating, saying that
60% of its sales
are outside the US (including those in Mexico and
Canada as well as
Europe and Asia) and that it locates plants in other
accommodate those customers by providing facilities
closer to those
markets" and "to pack the freshest ingredients, tailor
its recipes to
local tastes and deliver the final products in a
timely and efficient
The company also distanced itself from the Kerry
campaign and Heinz
H.J. Heinz Co: In light of some misleading
speculation, the H.
J. Heinz Company would like to make clear that neither
Kerry, Senator John Kerry nor any member of their
family is involved in
the management or board of the H. J. Heinz Company. .
. . They have no
involvement in the Heinz� Ketchup business or any of
brands or products.
The Heinz company also said it is "nonpartisan." Worth
is that the company's Political Action Committee has
given nearly all
its donations to Republican candidates, including
$5,000 to the Bush
campaign and nothing to Kerry's as of the most recent
available. That's additional evidence, as if any was
needed, that the
company isn't "owned" by Kerry's wife.
Heinz Endowments, " The Heinz Endowments Grants to
<http://www.heinz.org/files/HP_Digit.pdf> / Tides
Howard Heinz Endowment, IRS Form 990PF, fiscal years
1998, 1999, 2000,
Vira I Heinz Endowment, a Pennsylvania Non Profit
Corp, IRS Form 990PF,
fiscal years 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002.
Gretchen Randall and Tom Randall, " The Tides
Crossroads of Money and Ideas," Foundation Watch,
Center, Washington DC, December 2003.
Tom Randall, " The Heinz Endowments have teamed with a
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review , 14 Dec. 14, 2003. (Also
Dennis B. Roddy, " Right zooms in on Heinz grants
foundation work provide grist for foes," Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette , 7
H.J. Heinz Company, "SCHEDULE 14A, Proxy Statement
htm#toc82155_4> Pursuant to Section 14(a) of the
Act of 1934," 2 July 2004.
H.J. Heinz Company, "FORM 10-K: ANNUAL REPORT
1e10vk.txt> PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934 For the fiscal year ended April
28, 2004" 17 June
H.J. Heinz Company, "H.J. Heinz Company Confirms Its
Widely Held Public
Ownership And Non-Partisan Status," news release
, 22 March 2004.
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