Politico: Big-money leftists considering major funding for #BlackLivesMatter
Oddly enough, the MSM denouncers of “big money” in politics are never concerned with the cabal of left-wing billionaires who manipulate public opinion from behind the scenes by funding the Astroturf-ish movements like #OccupyWallStreet in the last presidential election cycle and now #BlackLivesMatter. Operating under the ironic name of “Democracy Alliance,” a cabal of billionaire and mere centi-millionaire leftists meets in secret to decide where to spend their money to keep the left powerful.
George Soros, the financier whose billions mostly reside overseas in banking secrecy havens, already is known to have spent tens of millions of dollars funding Ferguson protests and spin-offs like BLM, according to the Washington Times. Now his colleagues in the Democracy Alliance are reportedly ready to up the ante with many millions more to fan racial resentment.
Kenneth P. Vogel and Sarah Wheaton of Politico report:
Some of the biggest donors on the left plan to meet behind closed doors next week in Washington with leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement and their allies to discuss funding the burgeoning protest movement, POLITICO has learned.
The meetings are taking place at the annual winter gathering of the Democracy Alliance major liberal donor club, which runs from Tuesday evening through Saturday morning and is expected to draw Democratic financial heavyweights, including Tom Steyer and Paul Egerman. (snip)
According to a Democracy Alliance draft agenda obtained by POLITICO, movement leaders will be featured guests at a Tuesday dinner with major donors. The dinner, which technically precedes the official conference kickoff, will focus on “what kind of support and resources are needed from the allied funders during this critical moment of immediate struggle and long-term movement building.”
The groups that will be represented include the Black Youth Project 100, The Center for Popular Democracy and the Black Civic Engagement Fund, according to the organizer, a DA member named Leah Hunt-Hendrix. An heir to a Texas oil fortune, Hunt-Hendrix helps lead a coalition of mostly young donors called Solidaire that focuses on movement building. It’s donated more than $200,000 to the Black Lives Matter movement since Brown’s killing. According to its entry on a philanthropy website, more than $61,000 went directly to organizers and organizations on the ground in Ferguson and Baltimore, where the fatal police shooting of Freddie Gray in April sparked a more recent wave of Black Lives-related protests. An additional $115,000 went to groups that have sprung up to support the movement.
As a member of the antiwar generation in the late sixties/early seventies, I observed organizers of demonstrations mysteriously able to fly all over the country, and I asked where the money came from. I never got a straight answer. After the fall of the USSR, we learned that the Russians were funding antiwar activists. These days, the manipulators are domestic, but the methods are the same.
Hat tip: Ed Lasky