Peter B. Lewis gifts $8 million to ACLU
Cleveland-based philanthropist and chairman of the Progressive Corporation,
Peter B. Lewis, recently made a donation of $8 million to the American
Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). It is a gift with "no strings attached" for
the ACLU to use as it sees fit, says national ACLU spokesman Richard
Lewis' donation is the largest in the history of the organization, topping
his own previous gift to the ACLU of $7 million in 2001 and a $7 million
match he made to a donation by the Ford Foundation in 1999. Lewis, an ACLU
member since 1972, approached the organization with his desire to donate
the money, Alleyne says.
During the 2004 election cycle, Lewis was the second leading donor to the non-party organizations known as "527s" -- named after a section of the U.S. tax code that permitted unlimited "soft money" donations to groups pledging to use the funds not for the "express advocacy" of any particular political candidate, but rather for "voter education," "issue-oriented" political advertising, and other nebulous enterprises. Lewis donated nearly $23 million to such organizations in 2004, including $16 million to the Joint Victory Campaign, $2.9 million to America Coming Together, and $2.5 million to Move On.Org.
Along with George Soros, Lewis is a key financial supporter of Democracy Alliance and Media Matters for America.
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