Posted on | November 30, 2012 | 10 Comments
The Free Beacon’s Matthew Continetti observes how little attention was paid to the recent meeting of the Democracy Alliance, a left-wing fundraising network backed by billionaire George Soros:
More likely the media simply ignore data that complicate their preferred narrative. When it comes to the fraught relationship between money and politics, that narrative is as follows: Money in politics is corrupting only because rich businessmen trade campaign donations to Republicans for low taxes and fewer environmental regulations.
Continetti points out a little-noted development:
Earlier this year the Democracy Alliance scraped away groups that were not affixed like barnacles to the hull of the Democratic Party and left alone the groups that were.
Among those who support the creation of a progressive infrastructure, there is heavy debate over whether to fund organizations closely aligned with the Democratic Party or those that operating outside it and pressuring it to move in a more progressive direction.
The groups dropped by the Democracy Alliance tend to be those that work outside the party’s structure. Groups with closer ties to the party, such as the Center for American Progress and Media Matters, retained their status with the Democracy Alliance as favored organizations.
The decision to drop certain groups was delivered to those affected last week. Among the ones axed are Robert Greenwald’s Brave New Foundation, James Rucker’s Citizen Engagement Lab, Melanie Sloan’s Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (known as CREW), Third Way, the Center for Progressive Leadership, the Advancement Project, Democracia, Free Press and Simon Rosenberg’s NDN, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. Groups working on issues relating directly to people of color appear to be the most dramatically affected.
Why so little attention? It may have to do with how left-wingers gain access to this sweet, sweet subsidy of “non-partisan” philanthropy:
While the Democracy Alliance does not give directly to progressive groups, it pulls together a network of donors to attend two annual conferences. Groups on a select list are given access to those donors and a chance to make presentations on behalf of their organization. . . .
The Democracy Alliance maintains a low profile by forbidding recipients from talking publicly about the organization.
The first rule of Soros money is, nobody talks about Soros money. And it seems the the New York Times, the Washington Post and other major news organizations are playing by the rules.