Soros Network Ready to Boost Radical Groups
By Matthew Vadum
Amidst internal dissent, George Soros’s shadowy political funding powerhouse is planning to execute a $200 million fundraising campaign this election cycle in order to benefit key groups pushing for a permanent radical left-wing Democrat majority.
The billionaire members of the elite fundraising empire known as the Democracy Alliance have reportedly funneled $500 million or more into leftist and pro-Democrat organizations. The goal of the Alliance is to foster a permanent political infrastructure of left-wing nonprofits, think tanks, media outlets, leadership schools, and activist groups.
Among the groups benefiting from the Alliance’s largesse are the John Podesta-founded Center for American Progress, Media Matters for America, America Votes, and Organizing for Action (an outfit that grew out of the Obama campaign and used to be known as Organizing for America).
Much of the money being spent by groups that enjoy support from the Democracy Alliance is being devoted to class warfare and the vilification of right-leaning billionaires Charles and David Koch in order to distract from President Obama’s failed policies. Members of the Alliance are “obsessed with” the Kochs’ funding network, according to Politico‘s Ken Vogel.
“Conservatives, particularly the Koch Brothers, are playing for keeps with an even more pronounced financial advantages [sic] than in recent election cycles,” according to a 62-page briefing book Democracy Alliance donors received before the annual spring of the group at Chicago’s luxurious Ritz-Carlton hotel.
“The briefing book reveals a sort of DA-funded extra-party political machine,” Vogel writes, “that includes sophisticated voter databases and plans to mobilize pivotal Democratic voting blocs, air ads boosting Democratic candidates, while also — perhaps ironically — working to reduce the influence of money in politics.”
As Vogel reports, the Democracy Alliance is embracing a series of projects its leadership believes help to advance the leftist cause.
According to internal documents, at the Chicago meeting the Alliance recommended increasing annual funding of the alleged “conservative misinformation” watchdog Media Matters for America from last year’s level of $2.4 million to $3 million in order to back the group’s “Metis” software for “tracking conservative smears.”
The Alliance also supports training for “acts of civil disobedience” by groups such as the New Organizing Institute, and funding for the Progressive Leaders Network, which has been described as the left-wing counterpart to the American Legislative Exchange Council. ALEC, which writes model legislation that it promotes in state legislatures, suffered mightily in past years as a result of false accusations of racism that the Van Jones-founded group Color of Change level at it based on ALEC’s previous support for voter ID laws.
The Alliance boasts that its support of Harold Ickes’s progressive voter contract outfit, Catalist, helped bring Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) in as a supporter of the (failed) Manchin-Toomey gun control bill, by applying voter pressure to the freshman senator.
The Alliance aspires to play a “lead national role in the fight against voter suppression in the lead up to the 2014 election” by supporting the Brennan Center at New York University. The Center generates an unending stream of propaganda promoting the lie that voter fraud is a figment of conservatives’ imagination.
But not all the limousine leftists of the Democracy Alliance are happy campers, according to internal documents obtained by Lachlan Markay of the Washington Free Beacon.
The group’s president, George Soros protege Gara LaMarche, believes the Alliance hasn’t been aggressive enough in steering the ship of state to port. He reportedly told the meeting attendees in Chicago that Alliance members need to spend “the hundreds of millions of dollars that will be necessary to make a serious effort” to elect Democratic candidates and push more leftist policies.
LaMarche acknowledged separately that some former members “had the perception we were not sufficiently independent of the Democratic Party or the White House, or failed to take a long enough view of infrastructure and power-building beyond the next election cycle.”
Facebook magnate and New Republic editor Chris Hughes joined the Democracy Alliance last year but his husband Sean Eldridge, a Democratic congressional candidate in New York, did not.
Internal documents say the two have “indicated that they are unlikely to renew their membership in 2014” but “have indicated that they would like to return to the DA at a later date.”
Two other Alliance members quit outright. Art dealer Ronald Feldman and manufacturing executive Donald Budinger left the group earlier this year.
“Three other partners—former investment banker and U.S. ambassador to Germany Phil Murphy, tech entrepreneur Tim Gill, and Steve Cohen, whose professional associations are not clear—are at risk of ceasing their involvement with the DA,” Markay writes. To offset the losses, the group aspires to bring 16 new members into the fold by the end of 2014.
According to LaMarche, some Alliance members feel there “is a sense … that we have become a bit stalled. … We haven’t grown enough as a partnership to keep pace with the challenges before us.”
The invitation-only member-based Alliance, co-founded by radical billionaire Soros, describes itself on its website as a “first-of-its-kind partnership of change-makers who are committed to a stronger democracy and a more progressive America.” The Democracy Alliance keeps its membership confidential but the names of members leak out from time to time.
The Democracy Alliance is registered as a taxable nonprofit corporation (in the District of Columbia) in order to prevent public scrutiny of its finances and internal affairs.
It is a collection of more than 100 socialist venture capitalists, spoiled brat rich kids, heirs and heiresses, Hollywood moguls, and unethical bankers that funds left-wing groups that aspire to smash the American system. It was created following the 2004 elections, which brought stinging defeats to the Left in battles for the White House, Senate, and House of Representatives — long before most in the media had even heard of the Koch brothers. Leftist blogger Markos Moulitsas has called the Alliance “a vast, Vast Left Wing Conspiracy to rival” the conservative movement.
The Democracy Alliance recently announced that its new chairman of the board is John C. Stocks, executive director of the National Education Association. His NEA bio states that the signature of his career has been “an unmatched drive for social justice and positive change in education.” He also served as a Democratic member of the Idaho state senate and was honored in 2007 by the Saul Alinsky-inspired Midwest Academy, which trains community organizers. Stocks succeeds Taco Bell heir Rob McKay as Alliance chairman.
By giving to far-left philanthropies that wish to abolish the border such as Soros’s Open Society Foundations (formerly Open Society Institute), Democracy Alliance members fund the open borders free-for-all immigration policies that laid the foundation for theongoing invasion of southern states by illegal aliens from Latin America.
Soros himself has also given more than $100 million to groups that support “immigrant rights,” immigration amnesty, and open borders since 1997. The idea is to flood America with reliably Democratic future voters who will support Soros’s extreme policy agenda.
Soros makes little effort to conceal his contempt for this nation. He openly favors the collapse of the greenback and the decline of America in general. “The main obstacle to a stable and just world order is the United States,” he has said.
Soros praises Red China effusively, saying the totalitarian nation that cuts babies from unauthorized pregnancies from the wombs of their mothers, tortures and kills religious dissenters such as Falun Gong members, and runs over eminent domain resisters with steam-rollers, has “a better-functioning government than the United States.”
It is only logical that Hillary Clinton, who presided over the shameful Benghazi saga and coverup as secretary of state, would be Soros’s choice for the White House in 2016. Clinton is a hardcore Alinsky devotee just like President Obama.
Soros came out as an early supporter of the Benghazi bungler’s prospective presidential candidacy.
And because Soros’s wealthy leftist friends in the Democracy Alliance often follow his lead, a tsunami of early money may be poised to boost the former U.S. secretary of state’s campaign.
Whether the American people are ready for Barack Obama’s third term is a separate question.