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Posted: 8/7/2005 7:12:43 PM EDT
From Yahoo news... wonder if it's the same folks that promised to keep "Air America" broadcasting across the country?


Rich Liberals Vow to Fund Think Tanks

By Thomas B. Edsall, Washington Post Staff Writer Sun Aug 7, 1:00 AM ET

At least 80 wealthy liberals have pledged to contribute $1 million or more apiece to fund a network of think tanks and advocacy groups to compete with the potent conservative infrastructure built up over the past three decades.

The money will be channeled through a new partnership called the Democracy Alliance, which was founded last spring -- the latest in a series of liberal initiatives as the Democratic Party and its allies continue to struggle with the loss of the House and the Senate in 1994 and the presidency in 2000. Many influential Democratic contributors were left angry and despairing over the party's poor showing in last year's elections, and are looking for what they hope will be more effective ways to invest their support.

Financial commitments totaling at least $80 million over the next five years generated by the Democracy Alliance in recent months -- at a time when some liberal groups, such as the George Soros-backed America Coming Together, are floundering -- suggest that the group 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 in part at the expense of more traditional Democratic groups, although alliance officials say donors have committed to maintaining past contribution levels.

Alliance chairman Steven Gluckstern, a retired investment banker, said that President Bush's victory over Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) last year after millions of dollars had been poured into pro-Democratic "527" groups caused many contributors to think that a dramatically new approach is 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."

The Democracy Alliance will act as a financial clearing house. Its staff members and board of directors will develop a lineup of established and proposed groups that they believe will develop and promote ideas on the left. To fulfill their million-dollar pledge, each partner 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 longtime Democratic strategist Rob Stein, who spent years studying conservative groups -- in particular their success 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 now face a conservative "information-age Tammany Hall, a 21st century political machine, that is simply better than what we have on our side.

"The infrastructure we have was built for a different time and mission. It was built around the congressional majority we had for 60 years in the 20th century, the labor movement and the urban-ethnic city machines," he added.

As alliance officials see it, many liberal groups are designed to protect an agenda that was enacted by past Democratic majorities -- as opposed to generating new ideas and communication strategies to win support from voters who do not belong to labor or other traditionally Democratic constituencies.

Among those on the board are Ann S. Bowers, founding trustee of the Noyce Foundation and former executive at Intel Corp.; Albert C. Yates, former president of Colorado State University; and California high-tech entrepreneur Davidi Gilo.

The goal of the alliance, according to organizers, is to foster the growth of liberal or left-leaning institutions equipped to take on prominent think tanks on the right, including the Heritage Foundation, the Hoover Institution, the American Enterprise Institute and the Cato Institute, as well as such training centers as the Leadership Institute and the Young America's Foundation.

Almost all the alliance partners have been active donors of the Democratic Party and liberal interest groups. Many said they have concluded that their spending to date has lacked strategic coherence.

"There never has been an organized or coordinated look at connecting the dots of the progressive movement," said San Francisco businessman Mark Buell. He and his wife, Esprit de Corps founder Susie T. Buell, are major Democratic donors. Mark Buell, an alliance board member, said: "For 40 years, we had a voice somewhere, the White House, Congress, the Senate. For the first time, we find ourselves without a voice."

"To be effective in the 21st century in promoting your beliefs, it is necessary to have a financially secure institutional infrastructure that has the capacity to promote consistently and coherently a set of ideas, policies and messages," Stein said. "We understand that it's very hard to promote a belief system and to be operationally high performing if you don't have multi-year funding."

The shift of big money givers to the alliance poses a threat to the survival of such pro-Democratic independent groups as America Coming Together and the Media Fund. These two groups depended on many of the same donors to raise $196.7 million in 2003 and 2004. ACT recently announced that it is closing state offices and laying off most staff members. Democratic sources said its long-term survival is in doubt.

Soros, the billionaire financier, was the most prominent backer of the 2004 Democratic groups, but he has assumed only a modest role in the Democracy Alliance. He has stopped donating to ACT.

There has been a flourishing of new, pro-Democratic think tanks and advocacy groups in recent years. Clinton administration chief of staff John D. Podesta established the Center for American Progress; former Democratic congressional aide David Sirota recently set up the state-oriented Progressive Legislative Action Network; and author David Brock helped create Media Matters for America last year, among others. All these groups are potential recipients of money from alliance partners.

In addition, the number of liberal bloggers on the Web has been growing at a fast pace, and their blogs have become both central forums for debate over party strategies and hugely successful vehicles for campaign fundraising, including raising through online contributions more than two thirds of the $750,000 used in the surprisingly competitive House campaign of Democrat Paul Hackett in Ohio. Rosenberg has created the New Politics Institute, an organization that works with bloggers.

Alliance organizers said they are seeking to avoid involvement in the ideological disputes that have plagued Democrats in recent years. But it may prove difficult to avoid them when the list of organizations eligible for contributions is drafted.

Stein has spent considerable time in the midst of internal Democratic wars, having served as chief of staff to the Clinton-Gore transition in 1992 and strategic adviser to former
Democratic National Committee chairman Ron Brown. In recent years, he has become a venture capitalist.

Jockeying for cash among possible recipient organizations has already begun. Robert L. Borosage, director of the liberal Campaign for America's Future, said the alliance will fund a "set of institutions in this city to be in the national debate, and we would like to be one of them."

Stein, who closely examined the finances of institutions on the right and left over the past two years, contends that there is a huge financial imbalance favoring conservatives that he puts at $295 million vs. $75 million.

In 2003, the 19 progressive organizations with budgets exceeding $1 million spent a total of $75 million, he said. In contrast, the 24 national think tanks on the right had $170 million in spending, along with state-based policy centers' $50 million and campus-based conservative policy organizations' $75 million to $100 million, according to Stein.

Liberal groups have been disproportionately dependent on one-year foundation grants for specific projects, Stein said, while the money flowing to conservative groups has often involved donors' long-term commitments with no strings attached. Stein noted that of 200 major conservative donors, about half sit on the boards of the think tanks they give to, increasing the strength of their commitment.



Try getting out of our lives with your big, interfering high-tax government!

Oh, wait, that would make you conservatives .
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 7:14:55 PM EDT
These idiots think it's think tanks that have made us successful.

It IDEAS that have made us successful. Something which they decidedly lack.
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 7:15:12 PM EDT

to compete with the potent conservative infrastructure


We have our own highways?

(yeah, i stoped reading after that sentance, im sure im not missing anything)
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 7:17:35 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/7/2005 7:17:57 PM EDT by DigDug]
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 7:19:52 PM EDT
Classic. F'n textbook definition of Insanity - try the same thing over an dover, expecting different results.
wtf was George Soros ~45 Million for - ACT, DNC, a raft of other LLLiberal / Seditionist groups funded to the tune of Millions, and they accomplished jack squat.
Same goes for Teresa Heinz's ('Kerry' only during campaign season) Tides Foundation - millions pumped to seditionist groups like the Ruckus Society and deomestic terrorists like ELF-ALF.

Go to discoverthenetwork.com, plug in your favorit LLLib-Traitor's name, and see where who's connected to whom.
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 7:22:27 PM EDT
It matters not a bit. The liberal, socialist message is falling on deaf ears now. They still believe they have the juice...but the fact is, communism and all of its bastards children are no longer viable systems. Much as they might hate it, capitalism has won. Since capitalism, with all of the evils they perceive flourishes best when unfettered by Big Government, they are doomed to remain in the abyss.

Let them try...they will just be pissing their money away. Americans no longer look at government in the same light as did our grandfathers or fathers.

Sorry libs...that's just the way it is.
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 7:27:52 PM EDT
Cool-N-Groovy.

I don't agree with Limbaugh on everything but, he's nailed it pretty close on THIS one,......these idiots are SO out of touch with mainstream America that they can't comprehend that their "Advice' to America is seen as the self-loathing ranting that it is.

"Err-America" needs to keep putting that image out. "America sucks, first and foremost' is a terriffic sales-pitch to communicate to the average voter

Link Posted: 8/7/2005 7:28:49 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 7:29:50 PM EDT
Yawn.
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 7:30:33 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Treadhead:
Cool-N-Groovy.

I don't agree with Limbaugh on everything but, he's nailed it pretty close on THIS one,......these idiots are SO out of touch with mainstream America that they can't comprehend that their "Advice' to America is seen as the self-loathing ranting that it is.

"Err-America" needs to keep putting that image out. "America sucks, first and foremost' is a terriffic sales-pitch to communicate to the average voter





Rush has been pretty blunt about it lately: "And you liberals wonder why the rest of us are laughing our ASSES off watching you..."

He's right (again)!!
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 7:31:36 PM EDT
Hey, this can be serious. I think MacGyver worked for one of those.
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 7:33:51 PM EDT
Just let 'em keep polling the same group of college kids... the NO WTO "anarchist" crowd who hangs out with the earth firsters and PETA types.... as well as the college professors (except that dutch guy ) and Hollywierd types.

Sure... keep goin' that way, buddy...
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 7:34:29 PM EDT

Originally Posted By rayra:
Classic. F'n textbook definition of Insanity - try the same thing over an dover, expecting different results.
wtf was George Soros ~45 Million for - ACT, DNC, a raft of other LLLiberal / Seditionist groups funded to the tune of Millions, and they accomplished jack squat.
Same goes for Teresa Heinz's ('Kerry' only during campaign season) Tides Foundation - millions pumped to seditionist groups like the Ruckus Society and deomestic terrorists like ELF-ALF.

Go to discoverthenetwork.com, plug in your favorit LLLib-Traitor's name, and see where who's connected to whom.



Typical fix from a liberal mindset, "More money = better results"
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 7:37:07 PM EDT

Rich Liberals Vow to Fund Think-Our-Way Tanks


I knew it!
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 7:41:08 PM EDT

Originally Posted By VA-gunnut:
Liberal and Think Tank in the same sentence...



Hell the words liberal and think...............


They are the true meaning of "A mind is a terrible thing to waste".

Link Posted: 8/7/2005 10:18:27 PM EDT
Liberals Think Tanks = Brown shirts......Or.......Dens of Anti American evil terror cells bent on the destruction of the United States as we know it.
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 10:21:21 PM EDT

Originally Posted By VA-gunnut:
Liberal and Think Tank in the same sentence...






Ha! Exactly! If they are actually doing any REAL thinking in this "think tank" what will happen is they will become conservatives. Then what will the contributors do?????
Link Posted: 8/7/2005 10:25:28 PM EDT


Can't really fault them for wanting to broaden their base. I mean, how many elections are THESE guys gonna win for them?




Link Posted: 8/7/2005 11:22:41 PM EDT
They used to know how to "work" with totalitarian socialists in South America and Central America. Governments and the military could communicate effectively with the totalitarian liberals in ways that libs could understand and respect. They used a bit of physical therepy to help progressives have a valuable learning experience. They even used accupuncture and body piercing, both things that libs love.

How many democrats can fit in a 'soccer stadium'?? Where the hell is Galtieri when we really need him?

Hey democrat, how bout some Chile to go with that Pinochet.

Send a liberal to camp...in El Salvador. Lend em a 'White Hand'. Hmmmm, give em 'free miles' on Southern Air.

Read them their rights: "you have the right to remain silent" (no matter how high the voltage goes.) Free speach thereapy, hell the socialists always want free medical care, they'd love it.

Just kidding.



Link Posted: 8/8/2005 3:37:12 AM EDT


There ya go.

A liberal think tank....
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