Sun May 5, 2013, 02:36 PM
WillyT (57,078 posts)
Rich Liberal Donors Throw Weight Behind Obama Agenda - LATimes
Rich liberal donors throw weight behind Obama agenda
A network of wealthy liberal political donors is steering funds to Organizing for Action and other groups to push Obama's agenda in Congress. Immigration reform is a high priority.
By Matea Gold, Washington Bureau - LATimes
May 4, 2013
WASHINGTON — An influential network of some of the country's wealthiest liberal political donors is steering resources to an advocacy group backing President Obama's agenda and to organizations working to pass immigration reform, providing a surge of money that could boost the president's legislative goals.
Democracy Alliance, an invitation-only group that makes funding recommendations to its members, selected the pro-Obama Organizing for Action and immigration reform groups such as the National Immigration Forum as some of its top 2013 priorities at its spring conference in Laguna Beach last week, according to leaders of the organization.
The group has a low profile but carries significant sway on the left, with deep-pocketed members that include billionaire investor George Soros and Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes.
The endorsement could deliver a cash infusion for Organizing for Action, a nonprofit group formed by the president's top political aides that has been pressing for Congress to pass a universal background check for gun buyers, among other issues. After setting a goal to raise $50 million this year, it brought in less than $5 million in the first quarter.
The nod from the network will allow immigration reform advocates to step up lobbying and media campaigns to push a bipartisan bill in the Senate.
The decision to embrace groups seeking political victories in Congress is a shift from the main focus of Democracy Alliance, which was founded by strategist Rob Stein in 2005 with the goal of building a bulwark of progressive organizations to take on well-established think tanks and advocacy groups on the right.
Rob McKay, a San Francisco-based philanthropist and chairman of the group, said the vast majority of the estimated $500 million distributed so far has gone to help finance such organizations, including the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank; Media Matters for America, which aims to debunk conservative claims; and Catalist, which maintains a voter database used to help campaigns target potential supporters.
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Response to WillyT (Original post)
Sun May 5, 2013, 03:45 PM
OKNancy (33,182 posts)
3. good! our rich guys are better than their rich guys
vast majority of the estimated $500 million distributed so far has gone to help finance such organizations, including the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank; Media Matters for America, which aims to debunk conservative claims; and Catalist, which maintains a voter database used to help campaigns target potential supporters.
Response to DJ13 (Reply #5)
Sun May 5, 2013, 04:40 PM
jazzimov (1,405 posts)
6. Please stop spouting RW talking points here.
Obama does NOT want to "cripple" SS and Medicare. He wants to reform them to make them more viable.
IMHO the best way to do that is to raise the caps and also apply them to Capital Gains - but that is considered "a tax increase" that Republicans will never go for. Therefore, GOTV is even more important in 2014 to get a Dem majority in both houses.
Response to bowens43 (Reply #4)
Sun May 5, 2013, 04:49 PM
ProSense (116,387 posts)
8. If they're
"If they are pushing obamas agenda They're not liberals"
...pushing climate change, the economic recovery, gun control and immigration reform, "they're not liberals"?
The recent retreat, held over five days at a luxury oceanfront resort, drew more than 150 donors and activists for sessions on topics such as the economy, gun control and climate change. Speakers included Gov. Jerry Brown, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Robert Reich, who was President Clinton's labor secretary.
The hottest topic of the conference was immigration reform, as leaders of the Service Employees International Union and other advocates emphasized that comprehensive legislation could pass this year.