July 17, 2006


A New Alliance Of Democrats Spreads Funding: But Some in Party Bristle At Secrecy and Liberal Tilt (Jim VandeHei and Chris Cillizza, Washington Post, 7/17/06)

An alliance of nearly a hundred of the nation's wealthiest donors is roiling Democratic political circles, directing more than $50 million in the past nine months to liberal think tanks and advocacy groups in what organizers say is the first installment of a long-term campaign to compete more aggressively against conservatives.

A year after its founding, Democracy Alliance has followed up on its pledge to become a major power in the liberal movement. It has lavished millions on groups that have been willing to submit to its extensive screening process and its demands for secrecy.

These include the Center for American Progress, a think tank with an unabashed partisan edge, as well as Media Matters for America, which tracks what it sees as conservative bias in the news media. Several alliance donors are negotiating a major investment in Air America, a liberal talk-radio network.

But the large checks and demanding style wielded by Democracy Alliance organizers in recent months have caused unease among Washington's community of Democratic-linked organizations. The alliance has required organizations that receive its endorsement to sign agreements shielding the identity of donors. Public interest groups said the alliance represents a large source of undisclosed and unaccountable political influence.

Basically, any charge leveled by a Democrat at a Republican is self-description. They're either a party of ten year olds or of the emotionally disturbed.

Posted by David Cohen at July 17, 2006 9:52 AM

Stories like this, or the ones a couple of weeks ago going after the Daily Kos, do show there are liberals in the party and in the media who understand the problem. But Markos and his pals have become the Nikolai Bukharins of the Democratic Party, leaving most too fearful of open confrontation less they be accused of Liebermanism and be forced to confess their sins at some future DNC show trial.

Posted by: John at July 17, 2006 10:22 AM

Like the purple cow routine, it's really hard not to picture them gathered wearing pirate hats fashioned from newspaper.

Posted by: Brother Qiao at July 17, 2006 10:53 AM

Anytime I hear about folks investing more $$$ in Air America, I can't help but smile.

Keeping pouring down that rathole. Eventually it'll catch on. No, really.

Posted by: Dreadnought at July 17, 2006 11:50 AM

They think they can flim-flam the gun people.

Wrong. It all fits together. For example, the whole business of needing permission slips from the axis of weasels is related to gun issues, as exemplified by the way we just slapped down the U.N. conference on small arms.

The folk-enemies and culture-traitors cannot separate themselves from the gun-grabbers and baby-killers because of what they are. They are statists; they are witches. Were they to stop opposing the ways of the ancestors they would no longer be leftists.

Posted by: Lou Gots at July 17, 2006 5:01 PM

In what way are these people any different from Abramoff and the other lobbyists, yet we are just supposed to assume that because they are democrats they will be for the common man. That most assuredly does not play in my circle!!

Posted by: dick at July 17, 2006 7:28 PM

dick, you're very lucky to have a circle of like-minded people for support. We've never had such a luxury and without blogs like this one and talk radio, we'd really feel alone and adrift in a leftie world.

Posted by: erp at July 18, 2006 7:41 AM


Posted by: David Cohen at July 18, 2006 10:47 AM