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2. The importance of the post or posts he occupied in
these organizations. (The Communists commonly limit
such posts to individuals who are either Party members
Or who possess the Party's confidence, though sometimes
big names" are pushed up front as protective coloration.)
3. The extent of his activity.
4. The importance of such organizations in the Communist setup.
5. His adherence to these organizations despite public
exposure of their Communist character.
6. His standing in the Communist press, which oper-
ates under strictest Moscow and Part) censorship.
7. His standing in Communist organizations.
8. His public statements and writings regarding the
Soviet Union, the Communist Party, individual Commu-
ptts and Communist-initiated campaigns and organizations.
9. His persona] associations with Communists or sympathizers.
Extent of Communist Pahty Membership
.1 '""' latest estimate ol Communist Party membership by
I federal Bureau of Investigation is about 22,603. The
K*t recent breakdown by states is based upon a niciiiliei-
^P of 31,608 in 1951, as drawn up by the FBI.
('oiitiiiunist Party membership l>y states 1951
P» Hampshire 52
Washington, D. C.
L. show the growth of the Party, it is inte
review ol the total Party membership
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teresting to add
oxer tt period
Ni] i 'ls &ven by Earl browder, its general secretary
'HI(K l945, in his pamphlet W,
i the pseudonym Americ...
N I i -v '" °Pen Party nieinbc
j ('/' show that the Part) membership 1
""'s from the depression year of 1932
here Do We Go From Here?
pseudonym Americus. His references are un-
■■•> in open Party members. Mr. Browder's figures
show that the Partv membership had increased over
Changes In the relume ,,/ membership ef CPUSA
H e&nning of
At beginning ol
the year of — Con.
nK 13.000 in the Arim-il I ,„,,..
kls '""'-i m News, April, 1956
Election returns for 1928, 1932, 1936, and 1940 show how
many voters actually supported the Communist Party presidential candidates, except in the states where the Part)
was not admitted on the ballot. In 1932 this figure was
approximately seven times the Party membership figures
as given by Browder. In 1940, during the highly unpopular
Stalin-Hitler pact, it closely approximated the Party membership figure, on a one-vote-per-Party-member basis.
The Progressive Party backing Henry A. Wallace was
publicly supported by the Communist Party. In this connection the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee received, on October 7, 1954, the testimony of Matthew
Cvetic, a former FBI informant who had worked his way
Matthew Cvetic (left)
of Pittsburgh, FBI
within the Communist
Party for seven years,
in 1950 shows records
to Rep. Francis E.
Walter (D., Pa.),
Acting Chairman of
the House Un-American Activities
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into the Communist Party of western Pennsylvania, becoming a member of its organizational, educational, and
finance committees as well as its nationality, political, and
trade-union commissions. We quote him in part:
Now, we were din (ted. in a directive which was road to
US in the Communist Party headquarters, based on the Communist International of 1935, where all Communist Parties
in the world wire ordered to set up in the various countries —
and this included the American Communist Party — a coalition
party nl Communists and Progressives ° * ° The primary
steps which were taken during the years after 1945 to consummate this objective — and this was as early as the last part
of 1945, in a report which was given by William Z. Foster,
the then national chairman of the Communis! Party in which
he stressed that one ol the big objectives of the Communist
Party is the setting up of a coalition party in the United
States ° * • And as a result of this report of William Z. Foster, subsequently an organization known as the Progressive
Party oi the United States was organized On a national basis.
I was a member of the organizational committee of the
Communist Party, and as a member of this committee I was
one ol the eight ranking members of the Communist Part)
for the western Pennsylvania district. The Progressive Party,
which later you will recall, in the L948 campaign, had presidential candidates, was set up by the organizational committee and also the political commission of the Communist Party.
I myself sat in do/ens of meetings where we set up the Progressive Party * * ° The personnel that moved around within
the framework of the Progressive Party in key positions were
assigned out of the Communist Party office ° ° ° In other
words, it was controlled by planted, key Communist agents,
who had absolute control of the Progressive Party • * •
I attended meetings iii Communist Party headquarters
where we discussed candidates who would be put op for
ofliee in the Progressive Party. And the final determining factor of who the candidates would be was decided right in the
headquarters of the Communist Party ° * *
I recall very vividly sitting in several meetings in Communist Party headquarters " ° ° and 1 recall why the decision to