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Friday, October 01, 2004

The Feith's of Philadelphia

Philadelphia Inquirer | 09/28/2004 | As Iraq struggles, critics zero in on Pentagon aide: "Feith grew up in Elkins Park and attended Philadelphia's Central High School. He is the son of a Holocaust survivor who lost his parents and seven siblings to the Nazis.
Dalck Feith, now 90, owned a sheet-metal business that supplied parts for Jerrold Electronics, a firm founded by former Gov. Milton J. Shapp that made set-top boxes for cable TV. Through this connection, Dalck Feith got to know Ralph Roberts, founder of Comcast. Today, the Feith family is one of Comcast's largest private shareholders.
Douglas Feith's brother, Donald, runs Feith Systems & Software in Fort Washington, which sells computer programs that store huge numbers of documents. It has contracts with the Defense and Commerce Departments and other government agencies, as well as Comcast, AT&T, Toll Bros. and others. In the last two years, Feith family members have contributed at least $14,500 to President Bush, the Republican Party, and Sen. Arlen Specter (R., Pa.), according to campaign records.
The family also has strong ties to Israel. Feith's former law partner, Marc Zell, lives and works near Jerusalem."

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