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Posted: 8/7/2005 9:30:33 AM EDT
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/politics/3299407

80 liberals each pledge $1 million for alliance
Donors hope to copy success of think tanks run by conservatives

By THOMAS B. EDSALL
Washington Post

WASHINGTON - At least 80 wealthy liberals have pledged to contribute at least $1 million each to fund a network of think tanks and advocacy groups, to compete with the potent conservative infrastructure built up during the last three decades.

The money will be channeled through a new partnership called the Democracy Alliance, founded last spring in a series of liberal initiatives as the Democratic Party and its allies struggle with the loss of power in Congress and the White House. Many influential Democratic contributors were left angry and despairing about the party's poor showing in last year's elections, and are looking for more effective ways to invest their support.

Financial commitments totaling at least $80 million in the next five years at a time when some other liberal groups, such as the George Soros-backed America Coming Together, are floundering — suggest the Democracy Alliance is becoming a player in the long-term effort to reinvigorate the left. The group has a goal of raising $200 million, a sum that would inevitably come partly at the expense of more traditional Democratic groups.

Alliance chairman Steven Gluckstern, a retired investment banker, said President Bush's victory over Sen. John Kerry after millions were put into pro-Democratic "527" groups caused many contributors to think that a dramatically new approach was needed.

"It wasn't only the failure to win, it was the question 'what does it take to win?' " Gluckstern said. "Among the lessons learned was that to bring back the progressive majority in this country is not just a periodic election investment strategy."

Mirroring conservatives
The Democracy Alliance will act as a financial clearing house. Its staff and board of directors will develop a list of established and proposed groups they think will develop and promote ideas on the left. To fulfill their million-dollar pledge, partners must agree to give $200,000 or more a year for at least five years to alliance-endorsed groups.

The alliance is the brainchild of long-time Democratic strategist Rob Stein, who spent years studying conservative groups, particularly their successes in sustaining GOP politicians and achieving many of their policy goals. Simon Rosenberg, president of the New Democrat Network, is working with Stein and is a leading promoter of his effort.

Rosenberg said liberals and Democrats face a conservative "information-age Tammany Hall, a 21st Century political machine, that is simply better than what we have on our side.
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 9:41:37 AM EDT
The liberals are good at talking and not delivering. The money wont show up.
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 9:43:44 AM EDT
Wiat a minute, why don't they use that money and feed the starving kids and better education? or better yet, since they are so concerned with a deficit, just contribute to that.

Fucking libtards.
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 9:52:26 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 9:54:19 AM EDT

Trying to buy some brains again, eh ?
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 9:55:49 AM EDT
Publish their names and the source of their incomes, always happy to start another boycott.
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 9:57:30 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Airwolf

Rosenberg said liberals and Democrats face a conservative "information-age Tammany Hall, a 21st Century political machine, that is simply better than what we have on our side.



Fools. All the money in the world can't buy you ideas. The Democrats think all they have to do is communicate their ideas, and once the dumb voters understand what Liberals stand for, they'll swoon and put them back in power where they rightfully belong.

None of them, ever, has considered for a second, that they have gotten their message out loud and clear and the voters reject them on that basis. It doesn't even occur to them.
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 9:58:54 AM EDT
I don't think it will work for them, at least in the way they expect. Their "think tanks" are effectively the universities they dominate. To the extent that a progressive think tank would add value it would be in making the ideas palatable to the mainstream by moving them somewhat right.
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 9:59:06 AM EDT
and after all the social programs and skimmings, the think tank is left with a budget of about 5 bucks
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 10:00:34 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 10:03:15 AM EDT
Liberal Think Tank, are three words that don't go together. I'm looking forward to their work, it's good to get jokes paid for by someone else's budget.
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 10:07:36 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Sylvan:
Why pay for what they already have.
Communist Manifesto has worked for over 100 years.
I'll sell it to them for an even million.



Nail hit on the head!!!!!!!!!


Not bad for a West Pointer!!!
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 10:07:47 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Airwolf:
www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/politics/3299407

80 liberals each pledge $1 million for alliance
Donors hope to copy success of think tanks run by conservatives

By THOMAS B. EDSALL
Washington Post

WASHINGTON - At least 80 wealthy liberals have pledged to contribute at least $1 million each to fund a network of think tanks and advocacy groups, to compete with the potent conservative infrastructure built up during the last three decades.

The money will be channeled through a new partnership called the Democracy Alliance, founded last spring in a series of liberal initiatives as the Democratic Party and its allies struggle with the loss of power in Congress and the White House. Many influential Democratic contributors were left angry and despairing about the party's poor showing in last year's elections, and are looking for more effective ways to invest their support.

Financial commitments totaling at least $80 million in the next five years at a time when some other liberal groups, such as the George Soros-backed America Coming Together, are floundering — suggest the Democracy Alliance is becoming a player in the long-term effort to reinvigorate the left. The group has a goal of raising $200 million, a sum that would inevitably come partly at the expense of more traditional Democratic groups.

Alliance chairman Steven Gluckstern, a retired investment banker, said President Bush's victory over Sen. John Kerry after millions were put into pro-Democratic "527" groups caused many contributors to think that a dramatically new approach was needed.

"It wasn't only the failure to win, it was the question 'what does it take to win?' " Gluckstern said. "Among the lessons learned was that to bring back the progressive majority in this country is not just a periodic election investment strategy."




Then it appears that no lessons were learned. what they should have gotten from the last election was that even though Jorge Bush is a marginal political figure and not very popular, he still was a lot better than the clown they backed. Also the people are not as stupid as the elites think they are and they can still spot a phoney a mile off.
I've got some free advice for them, if you want to win elections start putting America first and quit telling anyone that doesn't support you that they're fucking idiots. Jorge Bush might want to start putting America first as well.
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