Letter written to me by a long time Libertarian who knew Fund in Sacramento and in the LP.
Melinda, I saw your post about the Raimondo article on Fund. John Fund never has been a registered Libertarian. Not for a single day in his life. What follows is in thanks for your writing what you have written...I also posted Raimondo. I always like Raimondo's writing; never liked the guy, what little I knew of him. I never was a fan of your activism either; but I like what you've written over the years. And, I can't say I took sides in the troubles regarding your daughter...though I knew John Fund very well, and though we had mutual friends, and spent alot of time together socially, I never was on his side. I believe he as wrong in that matter involving your daughter and I believe many people you know helped him get away with it. Just cause I knew John. Good thoughts in your article today; there is one part of your theme on which I would like to suggest some more information so you will have that to consider. And that very simply is that you and others holding title in the LP gave us Fund, and he was not then and is not now part of some giant capable and culpable organization. There are twits. There are no Neo-Cons, at least not in the sense of intelligent, capable activists. These Neo-Cons, my good lady, simply are twits, and hired twits at that. I agree with your view of Koch et al. Most people wouldn't hire Fund except as an automaton. He was sponsored in by a Sabre grant, given a short paying gig by Novak, and rose, basically by writing scurilous garbage about good people...well, about people, whom he made look really bad. His first score was something Reader's Digest paid him $3,000.00 for,and which blew the reputation and career of a lady then working in the Reagan White House. I know the amount and the details because he was feted, at the same home I describe below at an earlier time, and I asked him how he could write something like he'd written. It was a story the poor lady told him when she was half in the bag. It made her look crazy and she lost her job with the Reagan Administration. In the perversion of upper crust society, it raised John's reputation and pay rate. Fund, at that time and lasting till today, has been feted at many libertarian and Libertarian events; paid far more than he's worth to spin fantasies. Like the fantasies he told the LPC Exec Comm, like he told about his candidacy in Sacramento...I worked with those local candidates...Fund NEVER did. I didn't know, like you, that he'd lied about running himself, until the Raimondo article came out. I knew, at a distance, both Garris and Raimondo. I regarded each like Fund, and kept my distance from all. However, you and yours hired him, embraced his bullshit and rewarded him for it. I don't knock you for that; except if the LPC of that time had anything to be proud of, it would at least have had one member who'd spotted the biggest and most obvious lie, as I tell you about below. Fund was hired on by the LPC precisely because he was full of shit. That's the reason the same organization had hired Garris before him. The organization quite frankly was dominated by people who had no people skills...and, as a collective, certainly was full of itself and full of shit. Fund never was registered to vote as a Libertarian. Not for a day. At the time he was scheming (along with Crane) to cut Garris out of the job as Director of the California LP, I asked him why he was registered as a Republican. We were having dinner and drinks at a friends' house; there were, as I recall, three other people present, in addition to Fund and I. Fund considered the removal of Garris at that time to be a done deal, though not finalized. Crane was his mentor in that. John was surprised I knew he wasn't registered to vote as a Libertarian. The only reason I asked him the question was because he had been enthralling the assembled with more of his insider wisdom regarding the LP. He told me his party affiliation would not hinder his getting the job of Director, since "they'll never find out" or something like that. Probably he was playing to me, as he knew I held the LP in very low regard, especially the LPC. I was then as now a registered Libertarian. We then discussed the lackadaisical nature of the LP committees, including the LPC Exec Comm. I remember in this conversation also Fund first explaining to me his theory that "the higher you go in the Libertarian Party the more socialistic it is". He was right about the fact that his bona fides never were checked. The LPC was not noted actually for doing any politics, and although the State of California at that time provided your Exec. Comm. with free lists of registered party members, apparently no one ever checked. The fact of alternate registrations could be true, if he had bothered to falsely register elsewhere using a completely bogus name, and for whatever screwy reason. Likely, his insistence to you that he lived this alternate life as intrepid activist is more Fund bullshit. His name, John Fund, was on the registered list, as a Republican (along with his sister and mom, all of whom resided at the one address in Fair Oaks, CA). It was easy to check. No one did. Frankly, I think someone should have checked. I knew he was a registered Republican both because I worked campaigns then, and I had voter lists and I had noticed. And, as said, I'd asked him about it. He told me he didn't want to be registered as a Libertarian because it was a red flag to the IRS---and, yes, this was when he still was living at home, going to school sporadically and part-time and before he became an official Star Trek promoter. He also told me that registration as a Libertarian would hinder his career path, whatever those may have been at that time...he hadn't yet applied for the Sabre Foundation grant which sent him to DC. No one on the Exec Com ever bothered because none of those on that board, at that time, ever actually ran proper campaigns. If you remember, it was alot about bullshit posturing and little about any actual personal track record of accomplishment by those holding titles. I knew him then, and quite well. He had absolutely no political skills. He was a very intelligent guy. He could be very charming. He also could not be believed. Some people spot that very easily. Some, like those who sit on large committees, white table cloths and water glasses (LPC EXEC COMM, or US SENATE, take your pick) don't know much. Fund was just the kind of guy one would expect the LPC of that time to hire. I would urge you to look beyond your own experiences in the LPC before declaring it dead. It's been a job for many to bring it back from what was done to it, but it hasn't died and has been revived. There still is some of that same problem, title holders doing nothing but causing problems...but, that's party politics. It's much less these days then before, from what I can tell. xxxxxxxxxxxxx