Community organizer was no billionaire [Letter]

June 02, 2014

I can't speak to Majority Leader Harry Reid's worth or wealth, but I am confused as to why my father is mentioned in Lyle Rescott's recent letter complaining about rich socialism backers ("A narrow view of money and politics," May 29).

Saul Alinsky's yearly salary at the time of his death was $25,000. Hardly a princely sum. He owned no stocks, his life insurance policy was the totality of his estate. He owned an 8-year-old Chevy and we lived in a rented apartment. I guess the mention of his name is just included as a "dog whistle" for those who need a boogie man to convince them of evil.

David Alinsky

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