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Since David Lynch became the leader of American Front in 2002, his greatest strength has been his connections, which stretch across the country and even into Canada.  Lynch solidified relations with the prominent Pacific Northwest neo-Nazi group Volksfront; its leader, Randall Krager even donated money to an “Aryan POW” defense fund sponsored by Lynch in January 2007.  But Lynch has also been supportive of the Vinlanders Social Club, a rival racist skinhead group, and its umbrella organization Blood and Honour Council 28.  In California itself, Lynch has ties to a number of racist skinhead groups, including the Sacto Skins, Bay Area Skinheads, the Confederation of Racialist Working Class Skinheads, the United Society of Aryan Skinheads, and the Berdoo Skins.

As a Sacto Skin and American Front member, Lynch has been a key organizer of white supremacist events since his re-emergence in 2005. In March 2005, American Front joined Volksfront, the Golden State Skins and the Hangtown Bootboys for an anti-gay protest at the El Dorado County Courthouse in Placerville, California. That same year, along with the Northwestern Hammerskins, another racist skinhead group, he helped lead a vigil on Whidbey Island, Washington, on the 20th anniversary of the death of Robert Mathews.  Mathews was the leader of a 1980s white supremacist terrorist group called The Order, which committed armed robberies and murders. He was killed in a shootout with police on Whidbey Island in 1985.  Tom Metzger, a notorious white supremacist who once headed White Aryan Resistance and now runs a Website and online publication called “The Insurgent,” also appeared at the event. Metzger and American Front have a long association.

In the summer of 2006, Lynch collaborated with the neo-Nazi National Vanguard in holding anti-immigration protests at a Home Depot in Roseville, California.  Later that year, in collaboration with various racist skinhead groups and other white supremacists, he organized a “Free the Order” rally outside a federal building in Los Angeles. 

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