LEAKED Confidential Document Exposes Democrat’s ‘Dark Money’ Donors
May 6, 2014 8:03am PST
Last week the highly secretive Democracy Alliance met at the swanky Ritz Carlton in Chicago to solicit donations for Democratic election campaigns, and someone left behind a document listing off the confidential names of some of the people involved.
While the event held last week had some of the tightest security around and most of the attendees refused to talk to reporters, a reporter from the Free Beacon stumbled upon the list of names in a public area and published it for the world to see.
For those unfamiliar, the Democracy Alliance is an organization that solicits donations for left-wing groups and candidates from millionaires and billionaires around the nation. It works hard to ensure secrecy and that its work distributing millions of dollars remains free from the public eye. They don’t actually accept donations, but rather serve as a pass-through for the donors and prominent liberal groups like Center for American Progress, Media Matters for America, and Democratic Super PAC Priorities USA.
The group is made up of “partners” who must pay $30,000 in annual dues along with contributing at least $200,000 to the various groups that is supports, basically making it a liberal millionaires club. Among its partners are labor union bosses, financial and business leaders, and heirs to billion dollar fortunes.
The group refuses to disclose details about any of the transactions that it facilitates and its members are forbidden from speaking about its operations to anyone publicly, making this document an extremely rare find and allowing for the first time a look into the dark money behind Democrat politics.
As to be expected, labor unions have always donated heavily to Democrat causes so to find the names of labor bosses on the list isn’t surprising. One of those names is Noel Beasley, president of Workers United, which is a textile union affiliated with the Service Employees International Union. Another is Keith Mestrich, who the president of the union-owned Amalgamated Bank where Beasley, who’s the vice-president of the SEIU as well, serves as the chairman.
There were many other big labor names on the list but two that stood out were George Kohl, senior director for the Communications Workers of America, and Michelle Ringuette, assistant to Randi Weingarten who’s the president of the American Federation for Teachers and also a member of DA.
The salaries of union higher-ups are usually notable and place them in the top income brackets, however for the two people mentioned that’s not the case. Yet they were both able to donate more than $150,000 each, meaning their respective unions made the donations and they were merely liasons for them.
Many of the contributors to the DA have been successful in business or other ventures and some have been left a fortune. Amy Goldman is one of its members that was heir to her father’s wealth, who owned nearly 600 commercial real estate properties. She sued to obtain his $1billion estate and has since become the largest single donor to the Democrat party on record, donating over $6 million to different Democratic causes since 1990.
Those donations have included $1 million to Priorities USA in 2012, $500,000 to House Majority PAC the same year, $1.75 million to Planned Parenthood from 2011 to 2013, and $750,000 to Organizing for Action last year.
Others on the list have been extremely friendly to Obama and his presidential bids. The CEO of the financial services firm Seavest, Rick Segal, bundled somewhere in between $250,000 and $500,000 for Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign and Paul Bonskind donated nearly $200,000 to it.
For the people who shout the loudest about “evil millionaires” and engage in class warfare whenever it’s possible, they sure do love to take money from the rich. What’s worse, is the Democracy Alliance appears to be nothing more than a fancy, yet legal, money laundering organization that allows for massive political contributions to be made without there being any disclosure about them.
Funny how that works.
The full list is below, and you can check out the full article here.
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