Ernest Gruening

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Template:TOCnestleft Ernest Gruening was an old leftist who eventually became a U.S. Senator from Alaska (D). His conduct in office and his radical rantings often had reporters and others questioning his mental stability. He was an isolationist but he had a habit of showing up in a few communist united front organizations that raised questions about how far left he actually was.


"By 1922, the Communists in America had received their orders from the Communist International to exploit Negroes in the Communist program against the peace and security of the United States. In 1923, the NAACP began to receive grants from the Garland Fund which was a major source for the financing of Communist Party enterprises. (Officials of the Fund included Communists William Z. Foster, Benjamin Gitlow, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Scott Nearing, and Robert W. Dunn, along with prominent leftwingers Roger Baldwin, Sidney Hillman, Ernest Gruening, Morris Ernst, Mary E. McDowell, Harry F. Ward, Judah L. Magnes, Freda Kirchwey, Emanuel Celler, Paul H. Douglas, Moorfield Storey, and Oswald Garrison Vilard). The grants continued until, at least, 1934."[1]

National Committee for a CITIZENS' COMMISSION of INQUIRY on U.S. War Crimes in Vietnam

Among the listed "Sponsors" of the totally communist-dominated "National Committee for a CITIZENS' COMMISSION of INQUIRY on U.S. War Crimes in Vietnam" (CCI), was "Hon. Ernest Gruening". It appeared on an undated letter from the CCI about their origins and post history of holding "regional hearings" into alleged U.S. war crimes in South Vietnam during the war (many of their witnesses refused to cooperate with Dept. of Defense Criminal Investigations Division who were investigating these "alleged" war crimes, most of which proved to be false or misidentification of military actions). The CCI was active in late 197o through early 1971 and held an exhibit of so-called "war crimes" in the U.S. House of Representatives' Longworth House Office Building in February 1971, hosted by Marxist congressman Rep. Ron Dellums (D-CA).[2].

Ruth Gage-Colby Testimonial Committee

Among the "Patrons" of the "Ruth Gage-Colby Testimonial Committee" dinner of January 20, 1972, was the "Hon. Ernest Gruening". The affair, which was created by a mix of old Communist Party USA (CPUSA) and Trotskyite Socialist Workers Party (SWP) members and sympathizers, plus radial members of Congress, was held to honor old Marxist sympathizer Ruth Gage-Colby, whose background included being a leader of the CPUSA-dominated, if not actually controlled "Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) organization as well as being one of the five leaders of the SWP's "peace" front, the National Peace Action Coalition (NPAC).

See the Ruth Gage-Colby page at KW for a full list and description of those "Patrons" for this dinner.



  1. From The Biographical Dictionary of the Left by Francis X. Gannon
  2. "Human Events" weekly, Feb. 6, 1971, "Darling of Radic-Libs Opens 'War Crimes' Show". This article can also be found in "The Meaning of the Bicentennial: Volume One: The Peoples Bicentennial Commission (PBC)", ACU (American Conservative Union) Education and Research Institute, Max Friedman, June 1976