By Arnold Ahlert
Why the Left’s secretive group of millionaires and billionaires thinks it’s morally superior to the Koch brothers.
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The highly secretive Democracy Alliance (DA), which takes great pains to keep its work disbursing millions of dollars to left-wing causes beyond public scrutiny, has made a foolish mistake. According to the Washington Free Beacon, a document left on the floor following the DA’s latest meeting at Ritz Carlton hotel in downtown Chicago reveals the names of a number of wealthy individuals committed to moving U.S. policies to the left.
Wealthy might be an understatement. The document has a list of new DA “partners” who must each contribute $30,000 in dues per year, plus an additional $200,000 in spending to groups supported by the DA. It also reveals the identities of DA “advisors,” foundation participants and other individuals who are getting a “sneak peek” at the DA’s activities. These partners include top labor, financial and business leaders as well as heirs to billion dollar fortunes, all of whom are recognized as large Democratic campaign contributors.
The event was rife with hypocrisy. Despite Democrats’ regular pronouncements about the lack of transparency in political funding, the four-day meeting was closed to the media and the public, and participants are barred from discussing the details of the proceedings. Moreover, most of those invited were barred from the “Partner’s Only” room.
Politico reporter Ken Vogel attempted to interview some the participants, but people like Obama White House aide Valerie Jarrett, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes ignored questions about the double-standard. DA staff even grabbed a reporter’s arm to prevent him from talking to George Soros’s son Jonathan, founder of the Friends of Democracy PAC that aims to spend between $5 million and $6 million in 2014 on candidates who support campaign finance reform. Other attendees removed their name tags when Beacon reporters approached them.