While maintaining a low public profile, the alliance plays an influential role as the left’s central money hub, attracting political donors interested in more than simply making campaign contributions. Last week’s meeting at the Ritz-Carlton in Chicago drewan array of Democratic powerbrokers eager to influence the donors’ thinking, including White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards.
Many of the group’s top contributors come from the party’s liberal wing. That was evident last week in the conference’s theme — “A New Progressive Era?” — and the focus by speakers such as New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on economic inequality.
What? I thought organized big money donor groups fronted by think tanks were evil. Like the, well, evil Koch Brothers and the Americans For Prosperity foundation to which they donate.
Gotta give WaPo mild props for at least admitting that this is a lefty group, rather than calling it a “non-partisan activist group.”
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