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Congressman Louis T. McFadden of Pennsylvania is engaged in continuous anti-Semitic propaganda in cooperation with secret Nazi organizations and agents in this country, according to the fifth article on “Plotting America’s Pogroms” by John L. Spivak, which appears in the current issue of the New Masses.

The article is entitled “Congressman McFadden, Jew-Baiter and Crook,” and charges the Pennsylvania took a $25,000 bribe in a case in which his activities and those of an associate were branded by Justice Benjamin N. Cardozo in an official court decision as “fraudulent conspiracy.”

“The first mass outbreak of anti-Semitic propaganda engineered by Hitler agents came in the Spring of 1933,” writes Spivak, “a period in which, strangely enough, we find Congressman McFadden rising in the halls of Congress to attack the Jews while ostensibly discussing a gold clause repeal resolution.


The alleged $25,000 bribe, according to Spivak, was paid McFadden in connection with the absorption of the Marr Oil Company by the Southern States Oil Corporation.

The writer reports also that McFadden was restrained by former Attorney General Ottinger of New York State, through the courts, from selling $1,300,000 worth of stock of a new corporation known as the Federated Radio Corporation. Less than two weeks later, the report continues, McFadden filed a petition for bankruptcy in Canton, Pa., in which, the writer says, the value of the stock was placed at only $60,000.

“As evidence that Congressman McFadden sent bundles of his race-hatred speeches to organizations working closely with secret Hitler agents,” the article declares at another point, “so that they could distribute the material without paying the government postage, I offer the letter dated September 28, 1933, sent to Royal Scott Gulden by Jane C. Bittner. McFadden’s private secretary.”


Gulden was head of the anti-Semitic Order of ’76. Spivak quotes the letter as follows:

“Two mail sacks, one containing four bundles of five hundred speeches each, were sent to you this morning. I shall appreciate it if you will let me know when you receive them.

“Also, please turn over to your postman the two mail sacks as they are property of the U. S. Government.”

Another letter from McFadden to Gulden, on official Congressional stationery and over McFadden’s own signature, Spivak quotes as follows:

“I cannot begin to thank you for the opportunity which you gave me to meet with the group in New York which you called together. I shall hope that some good may have come from this meeting to your group. It was an inspiration to me, I can assure you, and I want you to know that I am deeply appreciative.”

Spivak writes he has no knowledge of what occurred at this meeting, but adds:

“I do know that it was held at the Union League Club, where on former occasions Gulden had met secret Nazi agents.” The letter quoted bears the date of July 7, 1933.

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