Originally published by WeaselSearch.
by John Connolly
Sept. 4, 2001 -- FLORIDA (weaselsearch.com) -- When the stone thrower himself lives in a glass house, it is a matter of legitimate public interest.
John Fund, the forty-six year old writer on the staff of the Wall Street Journal's editorial page, has staked out a position as a man of integrity. On his frequent appearances on cable and network talk shows, he espouses the position of the right-wing conservatives. He is friends with people in the Bush White House. He is a dear friend of Conservative Grover Norquist. He recently met with Vice President Dick Cheney. During the Clinton presidency he wrote often of the terrible acts committed by Clinton against women. On his appearances on Television evangelist Pat Robertson's 700 Club show, he often condemns those who do not live up to the highest moral standards. This conservative pundit seems to be on television more often than I Love Lucy reruns.
Although he portrays himself as a voice of the religious right, the never-married Fund has cut a wide swath of sexual relationships throughout the Libertarian and Conservative parties. He's a regular right-wing Lothario.
He is also a hypocrite.
There is nothing newsworthy about consensual sex between two unmarried adults, even if one of those supposed adults acts badly. But, when a high profile public person stakes out the moral high ground, that person had better not be standing on quick sand.
A few months age, Morgan Pillsbury, a twenty-seven year old woman, contacted me with information about her former lover of three years, John Fund. Although I had heard stories of Fund's less-than-cavalier treatment of women and particularly his Clintonesque treatment of one particular woman, I did not think that information worthy of a story. Amusing gossip, yes -- newsworthy, no. But the story Morgan told gave me pause. If her allegations were true, Fund's relationship with her was not only bizarre; it was treacherous and bordered on the perverse. To back up her story of the bad behavior of John Fund, she furnished me with a tape recording she made of a conversation she had with Fund. The tape and conversations with Morgan's' mother, Melinda Pillsbury-Foster, and others confirmed Morgan's tale.
Twenty years ago, Melinda and John Fund both worked for the then fledgling Libertarian party in California. Fund was the executive director of the local party in Sacramento. Melinda, who at the time was the mother of four children, began sexual relationship with the much younger Fund. Melinda said, "John and I had a sexual relationship for four or five years. When he moved east, we remained friends. It never really ended." Melinda, who is still active in the Libertarian party, went on to say, "Six or seven years ago, John called and during the conversation he told me, 'Melinda, if any of your children come east, have them look me up.' I didn't realize that he was using me as a dating service!" Last year Melinda learned that not only had Fund been sleeping with Morgan, he was the father of the child she would abort.
Not only had Fund violated his twenty-year-old friendship with Melinda Pillsbury-Foster, he, much like Congressman Gary Condit (Fund recently wrote a scathing indictment of Condit's behavior), insisted that Morgan keep their three-year-affair secret.
Morgan was 23 years old the first time the then-43-year-old Fund took her to bed. Sounds all too familiar, doesn't it? According to Morgan, John Fund was the third man she had been intimate with. She had contacted him when she moved to the New York area after a bad breakup with her previous boyfriend. Instead of receiving consolation from the man who had on occasion been her baby-sitter back in California, Fund took her to bed. In 1999, confronted with an unplanned and apparently unwanted pregnancy, Fund abandoned Morgan and, without attempting to dissuade her, allowed the distraught young women to have an abortion without any support from him.
John Fund is a full time writer for the Wall Street Journal. Yet, when I began researching a profile on Mr. Fund, he -- unlike most other journalists -- began a campaign to kill the story. A source close to Fund told me a few days ago that Fund and a confederate were attempting to plant a false and malicious blind item about two people at Talk magazine. They believed that the item would so frighten the victims that they would see to it that my profile of Mr. Fund was spiked. Mr. Fund and his pals can congratulate themselves -- to protect innocent people from being attacked; I have pulled the piece from Talk magazine. Hence this abbreviated piece which is written solely to introduce the reader to John Fund on tape with Morgan Pillsbury, the mother of the aborted child.
So that there should be no confusion, this tape was made legally and given to me by Morgan Pillsbury. Ms. Pillsbury also gave me her permission to use her name, as did her mother Melinda Pillsbury-Foster. I have learned that very recently Ms. Pillsbury, who has experienced some financial difficulties, has at Fund's request moved in with him. John Fund lives in an apartment in Jersey City, just a stone's throw from the Holland Tunnel. I have also been told that Mr. Fund, for whatever reason, has given Morgan cash and a new computer.
The following is a transcription of the tape of Morgan Pillsbury and John Fund. Mr. Fund makes mention of how he is being threatened by Melinda. He apparently believes that Melinda has no right to be angry for his deceiving her for three years, all the while sleeping with, and impregnation her oldest child. For those who doubt the veracity of the transcript or wish to hear the anger and seething hostility of John Fund, Please listen to the audio tape. John Connolly
Note: I wish to thank Michael Mann, who runs WeaselSearch, for his assistance.
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