Yesterday the TV audience of Glenn Beck heard that an ex-member of the Weather Underground terrorist group is a co-founder of the Apollo Alliance, an influential left-wing environmentalist group that helped write President Obama‘s stimulus legislation. The $60 billion in funding which the legislation providesÂ for â€œgreen jobs,â€ a utopian fantasy not taken seriously by economists, was inserted at the request of theÂ Apollo Alliance, which began as a project of Campaign for America’s Future.
The domestic terrorist turned eco-terrorist-in-a-business-suit is named Jeff Jones. Jones used to work as communications director for the Environmental Advocates of New York and promoted his son’s memoir about growing up in a radical family in a 2004 “Democracy Now” interview.
“Jeff has been involved not just in those terrorist activities with the Weather Underground,” said Phil Kerpen of Americans for Prosperity.Â Added Kerpen:
He was actually part of the Weather-buro modeled on the politburo which was the high leadership where he was with Bill Ayers. But Jones was on the run, hiding from the law for about a decade before he was finally caught in a dramatic raid where his 4-year-old saw him arrested in 1981. He then became an adviser to environmental groups, to labor organizations and to the New York state government where he sits on a commission for Governor [David] Paterson.
Kerpen explained that Jones is also anÂ advisor toÂ the Workforce Development InstituteÂ in New York, “which is advising state and local governments and universities on how to write their grants to get stimulus funds from the stimulus bill that he and his friends at Apollo wrote.”
Kerpen said radicals run the Apollo Alliance but its public face is less scary:
They’ve got the mainstream guys. Carl Pope, the president of the Sierra Club, is on the board of the Apollo Alliance. They’ve got […] Leo Gerard from the International Steelworkers Union on the board of the Apollo Alliance. John Podesta, from the [Center for AmericanÂ Progress] â€” all of the mainstream elements of the Obama administration and the liberal and progressive movement are tied in with these people.
TheÂ person associated with theÂ Apollo Alliance to receive the most media attention lately, however, is Van Jones, President Obama’s green jobs czar. Jones used to be aÂ member of the board of the Apollo Alliance and is a self-identified “communist.”