If the seed money had come from folks on the other side, couldn't the same news sources claim that his money came from violent communist rebels who tortured people?
Yes? Couldn't both be true? Why would you want to argue it matters at all?
Um... I'm *not* arguing that it matters. I'm arguing against those who think it does. The specific point I was making was that if you look hard enough at any source of money, you can find some way to argue it's "bad". Which makes the argument irrelevant, doesn't it?
Maybe a different direction, but basically the same point you say I should be making. Except that the way you seem to think conservatives should say it involves them basically dismissing any ethical concerns about the source of money for something at all. I don't think that's a particularly great approach. Well, it's great if you want to fall right into the "greedy conservatives don't care about anything but making money" argument. Which I'm going to assume is precisely why you recommend it.
My argument isn't that we should ignore any ethical concerns, but that we should be reasonable in their application. The arguments being made here are not very reasonable. It's guilt by association of the most absurd degree.