Swift Boaters Resurface for GOP

Kerry angered over donations to fellow veteran McCain
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 3, 2008 1:29 PM CST
John F. Kerry and William B. Rood, right, are shown at the Swift boat base at An Thoi, Vietnam, shortly after the action for which Kerry was awarded the Silver Star and Rood was awarded the Bronze Sta   (KRT Photos)
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(Newser) – The renamed Swift Vets and POWs for Truth—infamous for derailing John Kerry’s 2004 presidential bid—have returned, contributing and bundling nearly $200,000 to Republican candidates. This doesn’t “bode well” for clean politics, writes the Nation’s Christopher Hayes, who sought out Kerry’s comment on Swifties’ donations to John McCain (who once called the group “dishonest and dishonorable”): “There is such a thing as dirty money.”

Mitt Romney has been the biggest recipient of the Vets' largesse, followed by McCain and then Rudy Giuliani. Hayes infers from the group’s non-support of Mike Huckabee that their military stance is a charade: The operation’s “chiefly concerned with the continued upward redistribution of wealth.” Far from a mere “side show,” the smearers “are modern conservatism's core funders.”