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Texas Congressman and GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul claims he never read the racism-tinged newsletters that bore his name in the 1980s and 1990s, but a direct-mail newsletter solicitation sent out over his signature claimed authorship and warned potential contributors of what he called an approaching “race war in our big cities” and claimed a “federal-homosexual” conspiracy to conceal the dangers of AIDS.
“Save yourself and your family,” Paul urged in the letter, sent out after he lost a re-election bid and before he returned to Congress.
While on Capitol Hill, I developed extraordinary sources in House and Senate committees, the White House, the Treasury, the Fed, the Justice Department, and even the IRS. These patriotic Americans won’t talk to the liberal media but they do trust me and they want you to know what’s really happening.
That’s why I wrote Surviving the New Money. That’s why I publish the Ron Paul Investment Letter and the Ron Paul Political Report. To protect middle-class Americans and their savings from the federal shears.
The publications contained frequent racist remarks, anti-Semitic diatribes and flagrant homophobia.
The newsletters referred to the Martin Luther King national holiday as “Hate Whitey Day,” called gays “fags” and “queers” and warned of a “Jewish conspiracy to destroy America.”
Paul’s story about his involvement with the newsletters has changed over the last two decades, ranging from claims that his comments were “taken out of context” to the current spin that he didn’t write them, never read them and now disavows them.
But former Paul aides tell Capitol Hill Blue the Texas Congressman and twice-failed Presidential candidate was “heavily involved” in deciding the themes of the newsletter and personally approved each issue before they went out in the mail.
“He read them, every line of them,” says former aide Eric Dondero, who confirms each issue was faxed to Paul for review and approval.
“He would sign them at the bottom of the last page, giving his OK before faxing them back to the printer,” Dondero says.
Other former Paul aides confirm Dondero’s recollection of Paul’s involvement with the newsletters.
When questions about the content of the newsletters arose during a Congressional election campaign in 1996, Paul did not deny writing or approving the content. Instead he told The Dallas Morning News that the content was “taken out of context.”
In a 1995 interview with C-SPAN, Paul touted the newsletters he claimed he never read.
The solicitation letter sent out by Paul urged subscribers to subscribe to the Ron Paul Political Report and the Ron Paul Investment Letter.
“Each month I give you the trustworthy information, analysis and recommendations you need to protect yourself, and increase our wealth, in the 1990s,” Paul says in the letter. “As the only former high official to publish a financial letter, I supply facts and analysis available nowhere else.”
The letter plays on paranoia, warning readers about “an IRS agent with an AK-47.”
“While muggers, robbers and racists run free on the streets, the power of the state is focused on you.” the letter says.
I’ve been told not to talk, but these stooges don’t scare me. Threats or no threats, I’ve laid bare the coming race war in our big cities. the federal-homosexual coverup on AIDS (my training as a physician helps me see through this one). The Bohemian Grove — perverted, pagan playground of the powerful. Skull & Bones: the demonic fraternity that includes George Bush and leftist Senator John Kerry, Congress’s Mr. New Money. The Israeli lobby, which plays Congress like a cheap harmonica.
Paul also urges readers to cash in on catastrophe:
A liberal clergyman sneered: “Isn’t it immoral to benefit from catastrophe?” I told him, “No, not if you didn’t cause it.” In fact, the few who preserve and even increase their wealth in the coming chaos will be needed to rebuild America.”
Salvation and wealth, the letter says, is available for just $99, which in return will bring a special report (“Surviving the New Money) along with an annual subscription to the Ron Paul Investment Letter and the Ron Paul Political Report). A two-year subscription was available for $189 or readers could get three years for $279.
While there is no evidence that subscribers got rich from information in the newsletter, Paul pulled down close to a million dollars a year in the heyday of the publications.
When asked on CNN this week about the money he made from the newsletter, Paul walked off the set.
When asked about the fundraising letter, Paul’s Iowa campaign chairman Drew Ivers said Paul does not deny material distributed over his signature but still claimed the candidate knew nothing about the actual content of the newsletters.