A group that's taking a stand against Republicans holding town hall meetings with their constituents was founded by a former Hillary Clinton staffer and has ties to liberal billionaire George Soros.
The Town Hall Project was started by Jimmy Dahman, who worked as field organizer in Iowa for Clinton during her failed presidential bid. According to The Washington Free Beacon, the company that owns the group — The Action Network — is in the same Washington, D.C. building as a Soros-funded organization.
There's also a a labor organizing group at the address, the website reports.
Republican lawmakers have faced hostile crowds at town halls nationwide in recent weeks. Rep. Jason Chaffetz said recently he believed paid protesters were at one of his events.
"You could see it online a couple days before, a concerted effort in part to just cause chaos," Chaffetz said. "Democrats are in disbelief that they have nothing but flailing and screaming to deal with this."
According to the Free Beacon, The Action Network's staff includes former Service Employees International Union (SEIU) executive Mark Fleischman; Brian Young, a former campaign staffer for Howard Dean and John Kerry; Jeffrey Dugas, who has worked for John Podesta and Sen. Elizabeth Warren; and former SEIU employee Rich Clayton, a veteran of the labor group Change to Win.
The disruptions at town halls have forced a handful of Republicans to end their events earlier than scheduled. Clinton herself entered the fray with this tweet on Wednesday:
According to LifeZette, Dahman appeared on CNN this week and had this to say: "We're not taking sides on any policy issues or primaries or anything like that. We're just — encouraging people to engage in the process and empower them to use their voices."
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