Is Autism Speaks supporting vaccine-autism causation proponent Congressman Bill Posey?

19 Aug

Someone forwarded an email from the “Autism Action Network” recently. The email asked people to support Congressman Bill Posey’s election campaign by attending a fundraiser. Looks like a few big donors to Mr. Posey were going to attend, including Sallie Bernard of SafeMinds and Autism Speaks. Ms. Bernard certainly is with both organizations, but I wonder if she was attending as an Autism Speaks officer or if Autism Speaks was even aware that their name was being used to promote the fundraiser.

Perhaps Ms. Bernard wasn’t aware that her Autism Speaks affiliation was being used this way. I’ve seen some of my affiliations used where I didn’t expect nor want them. Perhaps Ms. Bernard was aware that the AS affiliation was being used in this advertisement, but Autism Speaks wasn’t. Perhaps Autism Speaks was aware and supported this effort. I’m not betting heavily on that last option though.

Here’s the list of donors for the fundraiser in the email I got:

Jennifer Larson of the Canary Party and Health Freedom
Sallie Bernard of Safeminds and Autism Speaks
JB Handley of Generation Rescue
Tony Lyons of Shy[sic] Horse Publishing
Barry Segal of Focus Autism
Mark Blaxill of the Canary Party and Health Freedom
Dr. Gary Kompothecras
Teri Costigan

The Autism Speaks name adds a legitimacy to this fundraiser that the other groups just can’t. The Canary Party and Health Freedom (which I assume to be Americans for Health Choice) are basically the same people with “Canary Party” as a political party and “heath freedom” as a charity. The Canary Party/Health Freedom team is led by the same people who funded large donations to Oversight & Government Reform Committee Chair Daryl Issa ($40k plus). JB Handley is not as vocal as he once was, but he founded Generation Rescue on the notion that “autism is just a misdiagnosis for mercury poisoning“. Sky Horse publishing is boutique publisher of many of the books on vaccines and autism, including “Age of Autism” and books by Andrew Wakefield. Barry Segal (Focus Autism) has been a large supporter of groups like Generation Rescue, the Age of Autism, SafeMinds and is very vocal on his belief that vaccines cause not only autism, but many other health problems as well. Gary Kompothecras has been funding Mr. Posey for years and is an autism parent and benefactor of groups promoting the vaccine/autism idea.

Without Autism Speaks’ name added to this, this would be very clearly all about a small but wealthy group of people pushing the failed ideas of vaccines and autism. People with failed and damaging ideas have the right to lobby members of congress along with everyone else. I, for one, am glad that the vast majority of Congress has moved on from the vaccine/autism-epidemic idea. I look forward to the day when that majority reaches 100%.

By Matt Carey

13 Responses to “Is Autism Speaks supporting vaccine-autism causation proponent Congressman Bill Posey?”

  1. lilady August 19, 2014 at 23:13 #

    I think it is time that Autism Speaks cleans house, by ridding itself of all the affiliations with the anti-vaccine groups and individuals associated with those groups.

    I appreciated all the efforts made by Autism Speaks for the re-authorization of the Autism CARES Act, which all those anti-vaccine groups and individuals opposed.

    Congressman Posey was in the forefront of those groups, representing their interests before the recent Congressional Oversight and Government Reform Sub-Committee…and, but for the work of Autism Speaks and dozens of other autism advocacy groups…that re-authorization would have been defeated.

    • Sheogorath November 24, 2014 at 01:21 #

      @ lilady: I think it’s far past time that Autism $peaks quit the fear mongering, told the whole truth about Autism, and stopped researching the causes of Autism in favour of keeping their promise to provide family services. If they won’t, then they should just shut down and stop channelling money away from local Autism charities that will provide these things. But what would I know since I’m ‘too high-functioning’ to speak for other Autistic people after finding my words four years ago?

  2. Barry August 20, 2014 at 17:14 #

    Anyone with mercury poisoning from vaccines that many experts feel that vaccines cause Autism in children! Also poisoning from amalgam silver fillings or from any other heavy metal poisoning should look into doing a proper detox with the natural mineral called zeolite that is proven to safely remove mercury, lead or any other heavy metal from the human body! For more information on this safe detox, do a search for Zeolite or look up the Dot Com Website For Zeolite.

    • Sullivan (Matt Carey) August 20, 2014 at 21:56 #


      this is your last post here. Making money by instilling fear in autism parents, then selling them fake cures is sick. Find another place to spam.

      And, yes, I removed the link to your site from your signature.

      • Narad August 21, 2014 at 10:47 #

        Making money by instilling fear in autism parents, then selling them fake cures is sick.


        Double heh.

  3. Science Mom August 21, 2014 at 17:50 #

    Damnit Narad, how do you do that! Is this the same Barry that vomits his detritus on AoA and Jakey’s blog?

    • Sullivan (Matt Carey) August 21, 2014 at 18:03 #

      I don’t think this is the same Barry.

  4. barbie February 17, 2015 at 14:28 #

    Hey, ya’ll who go Ganga parroting the government line, just wanna let you know, truth is the fat lady. And it ain’t over until the fat lady sing. Thank you to Autism Speaks. Keep your eye and ears tuned and your mind open to mind bending truth. Like a light, truth shines in the darkness.. More to come.

    • Lawrence February 17, 2015 at 16:14 #

      Huh? I’m not sure that’s English….

      • Sheogorath February 17, 2015 at 18:00 #

        You’re right, it’s Engrish… 😉


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