According to an exclusive report by The Washington Free Beacon, progressive mega-donors gathered last week to discuss how they can strategically distribute $275 million for maximum impact on election 2020.
On April 3-5 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, Texas, the Beacon reported Thursday, the group of millionaire and billionaire liberal donors called the Democracy Alliance (DA) held its Spring Partner Retreat and Strategy Conference. Press from conference sessions was barred.
Called “a secretive club of wealthy liberals that’s the closest thing the left has to the vaunted Koch brothers’ political network” by Politico, the DA’s membership is rumored to include well-known Democratic super-donors George Soros, Tom Steyer and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.
According to documents obtained by the Beacon, the DA claims to have given $ 1.83 billion to liberal causes since its foundation in 2005. Members are required to commit to organizations identified by the group as important a minimum of $ 200,000 per year.
The DA has supported dozens of organizations over the years, including Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), Media Matters for America, Organizing for Action and the Center for Popular Democracy, according to Influence Watch.
The group plans to spend $ 275 million in 2020, with $ 135 million specifically allocated for election support, most of which, according to the Beacon, is expected to be used to defeat President Donald Trump.
“The stakes are clear and have never been higher,” the group said in the documents, according to the Beacon. “In the short term, progressives must win in 2020, and over the long term, we must combat the root of our current political crisis.”
The group’s targets also include $ 21.5 million for organizing climate change in at least five states by 2020, $ 10 million for voting in 25 rural communities, $ 10.7 million for digital development, and $ 10 million for funding year – round support organization in 10 states, according to its “Investment Strategy and Recommendations” document.
Significant investment is planned to support state-level activity on all levels including redistricting policy, voter outreach, judicial elections and general organizing efforts. Specifically, the DA hopes to fund programs that “amplify the policy records — and harm — that the Trump administration and conservatives have caused in Americans’ lives.” The group slated $200 million for this effort, which the DA hopes to raise by recruiting more state donors.
The Democracy Alliance is a “taxable nonprofit” corporation registered in the District of Columbia.