The National Jewish Democratic Council today (Friday, Feb. 4) demanded that House Speaker Dennis Hastert
return $1,500 in contributions from Myron Kuropas, whose views on Jews have been denounced as anti-Semitic.
(See previous story)
NJDC Executive Director Ira Forman, basing his request on a story appearing in the Feb. 4 edition of the
"The GOP leader of the House should not profit from the funds of someone who attacks Jews for
exploiting the Holocaust. Speaker Hastert should return this tainted money at once. It is utterly unacceptable for Mr.
Hastert to repeatedly accept donations from a man long known as utterly hostile to the Jewish
community. This is a man who consistently defended John Demjanjuk, and who repeatedly argued that
Jews played a driving role behind Soviet leader Josef Stalin's murderous policies in Ukraine.
"It's shocking enough that this individual accompanied Secretary Powell to Ukraine in an official
delegation formed by the White House, and it's disturbing enough that this man is an old hand in
GOP circles -- working as he has with President Ford, President Reagan, and Senator Bob Dole.
"We cannot change what's happened over the past 20 years, but we can rectify donations made to the
Speaker of the House within the past year. Speaker Hastert should return these funds immediately."