A network of deep-pocketed Democrat donors aligned with billionaire financier George Soros is mulling whether to fund and support liberal activist groups that've formed to challenge President Donald Trump and his agenda, USA Today reports.
According to the news outlet, organizers of January's Women's March in Washington and leaders of Indivisible – a group that rallied massive turnouts at recent congressional town halls, and has created a how-to manual on resistance – will make pitches to the Soros-aligned Democracy Alliance ahead of its spring meeting in Washington.
"Everybody is impressed by what's come up in a grassroots sense and doing what we can to support that and connect that up to a larger infrastructure," the Democracy Alliance's president, Gara LaMarche, told USA Today.
Ezra Levin, a former congressional aide who helped start Indivisible with his wife, Leah Greenberg, and other ex-Capitol Hill staffers, said the group has raked in more than 10,000 donations totaling over $500,000 since last January through ActBlue, a fundraising engine for liberal candidates and causes.
"We're certainly not looking for anybody to own it by providing like some kind of enormous amount," he told USA Today. "That’s not our model."
"If the Democracy Alliance and other folks in this space ... are interested in supporting a broad movement that is fundamentally led at the ground level, we think the movement needs their support," he added, USA Today reported.
USA Today reports it's not unusual for established political organizations to align with activist; conservative groups like FreedomWorks and Americans for Prosperity, founded by billionaires Charles and David Koch Koch, worked with Tea Party-fueled activists to oppose former President Barack Obama’s agenda – and helped fuel a GOP takeover in the House in 2010.
The Democratic Alliance conference will be preceded by a two-day, invitation-only summit that opens Wednesday, USA Today reported.
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