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Proviso Probe

Thursday, February 15, 2007

POL, Rev. Claude Porter is a Republican


Rev. Claude Porter has made a bunch of money running Proviso-Leyden Council for Community Action (PLCCA). PLCCA's mission:
To create, through comprehensive and coordinated program activities, a climate of awareness within which conscious, self-directed social change toward the elimination of poverty can take place on the part of individuals, families and community institutions.

Critics have said that Porter is primarily about making money for him and his family and influence peddling. His programs do little to lift people out of poverty. And he's resistant to accountability. In one case when a individual at a funding organization started asking questions and the individual found himself off the board in question.

On PLCCA's welcome page there's a picture of Rev. Claude Porter with a Republican Congressman at the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) 2005 Tax Summit. What's eliminating poverty in Proviso Township got to do with Republican tax policy?

Porter was there because he's a Republican contributor. A month before Porter got his award from the National Republican Congressional Committee he gave $5,000. But that's not all.

Other Porter contributions include:
  • $300 NRCC, June, 2001
  • $200 Friends of Blagojevich, August, 2002
  • $500 Citizens for Lightford, March, 2003
  • $250 NRCC, November, 2004
  • $200 Citizens for Lightford, November, 2004
  • $250 NRCC, December, 2004
  • $200 NRCC, June, 2005
  • $5,000 National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), September, 2005
Does something seem wrong with someone nominally devoted to Proviso's impoverished being a big-time Republican campaign contributor?

Is Porter the classic poverty pimp? He raises money. He spends it with minimal accountability. And gets very little done for the money spent.

[UPDATE: The local ministers are posing with Congressman Ray
LaHood (R-Peoria). LaHood's signficant because he's a member of the House Appropriations Committee, the final gate keepers before Congress decides how to spend money.

[President George W. Bush pushed his Faith-Based Initiatives.
The idea was to give federal money to churches for social service
programs. Many people thought that it was more about buying off
churches and ministers and less about delivering social services.

[One obvious question for Porter is, were his contributions to the Republican Party about the same time PLCCA either received federal grants or was seeking federal grants?]

[UPDATE2: TPMmuckraker (Paul Kiel) has some 411 on NRCC's Business Advisory Council and "Businessman of the Year" program.
Building on my last post on the NRCC's bogus Business Advisory Council and "Businessman of the Year" program, it turns out that Abdul Tawala Ibn Ali Alishtari isn't the first member of the council to be indicted on charges of supporting terrorism.

[End update2.]

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22 Comments:

  • President Bush's "faith based initiatives" was partially (or entirely) about allowing the federal government to give money to churches to do social service work.

    I wonder if Porter's big contributions to the Republican Party were connected to grants PLCCA either sought or obtained.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 7:47 PM, February 15, 2007  

  • Nyberg,
    you are treading on hallowed ground here. opening this can of worms will unravel all of the corruption in Proviso.
    this slimy former county-sheriff-turn preacher, has been at it a long time. every politician in Proviso has been at this trough for one reason or another. he gets federal, state and county money while the meek and the weak get slain.
    dive into his many programs, buildings and inter-connectedness of friends in high places and you will have the keys to unlocking the doors.
    seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you.

    By Anonymous poon tang, at 8:17 PM, February 15, 2007  

  • It's about time someone began this conversation. Porter has been using the poor and marginalized to fill his coffers for far too long. Where does he live now? Westmont? Barrington? He drops in, takes the money and runs.
    The description of PLCCA reads like a dream come true for anyone in need, but typically they do nothing more than refer folks to other area agencies with less money but far more compassion.
    He's a malignancy that's spread way too far and sadly, it's probably too late to do anything about it!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:43 PM, February 15, 2007  

  • "Critics have said that Porter is primarily about making money for him and his family and influence peddling."

    The PLCCA budget is public information isn't it ?

    Does it substantiate this charge ?

    By Blogger chris miller, at 7:31 AM, February 16, 2007  

  • WOW Nyberg.....your opening up a can of worm! But the truth shall be revealed!! And basically your telling the truth!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:55 AM, February 16, 2007  

  • Did Karen Yarbrough put you up to this, Nyberg? She is so OBVIOUSLY desperate. Why don't you write about how bably she lost the House Leadership race. Then demanded a recount not once, but twice.

    No, on the other hand, I think I'll send the story to the no-ass-kiss, Trottie get my vote, West Suburban Journal.

    By Anonymous seriously entertaining, at 8:11 AM, February 16, 2007  

  • The budgets and records of non-profit organizations are not public records the way government records are.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 8:27 AM, February 16, 2007  

  • Anon 7:55 AM is "can of worm" and Anon 9"43 PM is "It's about time".

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 8:32 AM, February 16, 2007  

  • Actually, not-for-profits must file an IRS form 990. This information is public, and obtainable through Guidestar.org.

    Keep digging Carl. You're like that blind squirrel that is finally finding the nut!

    By Anonymous carlsnuts, at 8:59 AM, February 16, 2007  

  • Claude Porter is absolute trash!

    Any man who hates his community so much that he will ruthlessly pilfer from those that need it the most is the worst type of human being our society has to offer.

    Just because a man has "Rev." in front of his name dosen't make him any more righteous than you and I.

    In the end, he's just another man trying to get to heaven, and he will be judged as and with the rest of us common folk.

    By Anonymous Nino Brown, your soul is wanted in hell, at 11:47 AM, February 16, 2007  

  • 'It's about time' is saying...

    Having been in and around the social service arena in Maywood for over 20 years, the budgets and reports available to the public are only worth the paper they're written on. Grow up and find a better defense for this scoundrel!The only thing Porter has excelled in over the years, is hiding the money, i.e. grants, etc. that he receives. PLCCA is suposed to have rent money for those down on their luck.......but yet they NEVER have rent money available. Where is it? He has this fabulous fundraiser, but who benefits from the funds? Certainly not the poor mom with a couple kids who makes her way up to 11th and Madison and is promptly dispatched to another agency, because PLCCA is "out of" whatever she needs at the moment. Get out there in the streets and stop defending Porter.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:48 PM, February 16, 2007  

  • Am I being duped when I buy a bag of Peanuts from some gentlemen on the corner of 17th and Harrison?
    I am under the impression that buying the peanuts helps those down on their luck, could that money be going to barrington too?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:13 PM, February 16, 2007  

  • Hey Carl,
    This is not new news but it has never been public. We all have known about it but refused to challenge a man of "the cloth"?
    oh well. Good job Carl. Hey Carl ..where is the link to the PROVISO HIGHLIGHTER......Good Job on your new blog. We love it!!!!!

    By Anonymous old maywoodian, at 7:41 AM, February 17, 2007  

  • I realize it's the style of internet political discussion here (and maybe everywhere else ) -- but anonymous invective innuendo is worthless -- and should be worthless because it doesn't distinguish between the guilty and the innocent.

    By Blogger chris miller, at 9:59 AM, February 17, 2007  

  • I didn't allow one comment on the relationship between Lightford and Porter b/c it went a little too far speculating.

    But it does seem like a fair question to ask: why did Porter give to Lightford when he normally expects politicians to give to him.

    Porter hasn't give to Eugene Moore in the online records (going back to the 1990s). He didn't even give to Stroger.

    Porter hasn't given to any local politicians except Lightford. And his first contribution to Lightford was twice as big as any contribution he'd given before.

    Did the Senate Education Committee get PLCCA a big grant in 2003? When did Lightford become the chair of the committee?

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 10:00 AM, February 17, 2007  

  • Chris, I hear you.

    But innuendo and starting bad-faith rumors is part of politics. The Internet merely provided a new medium for doing what has been done from the beginning.

    I wrote about an anecdote I witnessed.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 10:12 AM, February 17, 2007  

  • So Carl you won't exposed Lightford's "baby's daddy"?

    By Anonymous tell the truth, at 7:39 PM, February 17, 2007  

  • The custody legal wrangling over Lightford's child was with some guy in DC, not a local figure.

    Absent some strong information, I assume the guy who thinks he's the father is the father.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 9:09 AM, February 18, 2007  

  • Not so. Paternity test in order!

    By Anonymous Anna Nicole Smith, at 11:01 PM, February 19, 2007  

  • I have worked for PLCCA and it is true that he is driven by money and the positioning of his family to continue his drain on the Community of Maywood, through his Connections with CEDA and public officials. This man and his family is a drain on the community it sits in. Their organization has made so much money that his children had their homes built from the ground up. His daughter is head of HR however has no degree and no formal training in that feild

    By Blogger 501c3Prophiteers, at 2:46 AM, January 31, 2009  

  • I have worked for PLCCA and it is true that he is driven by money and the positioning of his family to continue his drain on the Community of Maywood, through his Connections with CEDA and public officials. This man and his family is a drain on the community it sits in. Their organization has made so much money that his children had their homes built from the ground up. His daughter is head of HR however has no degree and no formal training in that feild

    By Blogger 501c3Prophiteers, at 2:50 AM, January 31, 2009  

  • I was looking at TV this week and I saw Bishop Rev Doctor or what ever he is calling his self these days, with the new governor Pat Quin. This profiteer smells blood in the warter. Their goes the dollars that are ment for the people in the Maywood area that he pilfers.

    By Anonymous 501c3prophiteers, at 10:27 PM, February 14, 2009  

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