Top Secret Group to Give $40M to Liberal Activist Groups

Tuesday, 20 May 2014 11:36 AM

By Melissa Clyne

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The Washington Free Beacon has lifted the curtain to reveal the organizations supported by the top secret Democracy Alliance, a "dark money" group backed by George Soros and other deep-pocked liberals.

The term "dark money" refers to organizations, such as Democracy Alliance, that do not have to disclose their donors. The 21 groups listed in the DA portfolio, obtained by the Free Beacon, include the Center for American Progress, Media Matters for America, the Black Civic Engagement Fund, and the Latino Engagement Fund.

In total, left-leaning activist groups are set to receive about $40 million, according to the internal report.

The closest thing Democrats have to conservative billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch — who have drawn the ire of leading Democrats — DA members must pay annual dues of $30,000 and contribute at least $200,000 a year to recommended groups, Politico reported last month.

Formed in 2005, the DA has funneled more than $500 million to its chosen organizations. Both donors and the recipient organizations are prohibited from speaking publicly about the DA’s operations, according to the Free Beacon.

The group’s Spring Investment Conference took place in Chicago last month, according to Politico, and included key party leadership, as Democratic National Committee Chairwoman and U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Kentucky Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser and close friend of President Barack Obama's and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. A number of Bill and Hillary Clinton allies also attended.

Security at the conference was tight, according to the Free Beacon, and attendees refused to answer and questions about their involvement.

Politico reported that the DA is focusing on using its vast resources to impact the 2014 and 2016 elections via "political data, voter registration, ground organizing, and advertising to influence."

They also planned to try to reach a consensus about whether the party should embrace a "progressive populism" posture, a la Hillary Clinton, or a "more cautious, centrist course," like Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Also to be weighed: The "measure of dissatisfaction with what they see as a level of timidity on their pet issues from the Obama White House," according to Politico.

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