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Niel Ritchie, brother of Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, filed papers with the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board in early October 2010 to start up a new political action committee (PAC) called Greater Minnesota Votes. (from ballotnews.org)
Niel, currently the executive director of the League of Rural Voters, a nonprofit that creates media and advocacy campaigns for rural issues, has, in the past, had controversial connections with his brother. Both Mark and Niel own and operate a “’sustainable coffee’ company called Headwaters, Inc., which does business with the public using the name Peace Coffee.” Not only does Headwaters, Inc. conduct its operations out of the same office as the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), the very same non-profit organization Mark Ritchie is president of that “just happens to advocate society’s total conversion to Peace Coffee’s main product,” the company has received over $20,000 from the Tides Foundation, “alleged to be one of the most corrupt players in American political money laundering.” 
Founded in 1976 by California activist and liberal philanthropist Drummond Pike, the Tides Center and its tangled web of offshoot operations has “established itself as an important funding nexus for movements and causes aligned with leftist ideology.”  The Tides Center also has ties to the embattled ACORN organization. Wade Rathke, who helped found ACORN, “has been a Tides director from the start and chairs Tides, Inc.” 
Rathke’s brother, Dale, laundered over $900,000 from ACORN, a crime that was never reported to law enforcement; “the Rathke family was allowed to work out a deal to repay the money” so as to keep the incident quiet and out of the public eye. 
Steve Kest, who was executive director of the organized crime syndicate ACORN, has become a senior fellow at John Podesta's Center for American Progress (CAP). CAP is heavily funded by radical philanthropist George Soros and subprime mortgage hucksters Herb and Marion Sandler.(by Matthew Vadum from newsrealblog.com)
CAP is behind President Obama's bizarre smear attack against the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that claims the trade association is using foreign money to influence the election. The smear smacks of "reptilian desperation" and "oozes of slime and innuendo," says Charles Krauthammer. More on that in a moment.
Kest joins self-described "communist" and 9/11 truther Van Jones who is also a senior fellow at CAP. Kest participated in the eight-year long coverup of a million-dollar embezzlement at ACORN perpetrated by Dale Rathke, brother of disgraced ACORN founder Wade Rathke.
Under Kest's leadership, over time ACORN embraced progressively more brutal tactics such as the 1995 storming of a congressional hearing on the Community Reinvestment Act. ACORN national president Maude Hurd and other ACORN members caused such a ruckus they were arrested by Capitol police. ACORN researcher Stanley Kurtz says Hurd’s temper tantrum helped "save" the CRA, which Congress was then considering weakening.
Former president Theodore Roosevelt is shot by saloonkeeper John Schrank; with a fresh flesh wound and the bullet still in him, Roosevelt still delivers his scheduled speech (1912)
Nazi Germany withdraws from The League of Nations (1933)
A U-2 flight over Cuba takes photos of Soviet nuclear weapons being installed (1962)
Leonid Brezhnev becomes General Secretary of the CPSU and leader of the Soviet Union, ousting Nikita Khrushchev (1964)
Folk singer Joan Baez is arrested in a blockade of the military induction center in Oakland, California (1967)
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat receives the Nobel Peace Prize (1994)
President Obama nominates Sharon Lubinski of the Minneapolis Police Department to be the first openly homosexual person to serve as a Marshal in the United States Marshals Service (2009)
b: George Grenville (1712), Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890), Hannah Arendt (1906); d: Erwin Rommel (1944), Gerry Studds (2006)