Mac Supporter's Firm Funded Colombian Terrorists

Lindner's Chiquita also trafficked in arms
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2008 4:40 PM CDT
In this May 20, 2008, file photo Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., gives a thumbs up.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
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(Newser) – A billionaire who co-hosted a $2 million party for John McCain last week paid almost as much to a Colombian paramilitary group through his former company, the Huffington Post reports. Under Carl Lindner, Chiquita funneled $1.7 million to AUC, a group the US deems a terrorist organization—and one watchdog ties “to many of the country’s most notorious civilian massacres."

After a federal indictment last year, Chiquita admitted to the payments; a subsidiary also trafficked 3,000 AK-47s to the group—and funded other guerilla outfits, including the FARC, which McCain (who is in Colombia today) has deemed “one of the worst” terrorist groups.