What Does This Secret Group Of Super-Wealthy Liberals Have In Store For America?

The Koch Brothers are all over the liberal media these days. The famous brothers are hated by liberals because the brothers’ deep pockets go to help fund a variety of right-wing causes.

However, are the Koch Brothers and their allies just a phenomenon of the right, whereas the liberal treasure chests are filled merely by humble commoners hoping to band together against right-wing big shots? Well, as most Western Journalism readers know, the answer is no. However, it is not just billionaire George Soros donating big money to help the radical feminists, environmentalists, and atheists fuel their agenda.

Instead, there is an entire organization of wealthy people that meets behind closed doors to determine the direction they want for America.  In fact, the Democracy Alliance, as it is called, will be holding its annual spring meeting this time in Obama’s hometown, good ol’ Chicago. The meeting will not be composed entirely of wealthy liberal donors, though. They will also be joined by union bigwigs and progressive stars such as Bill de Blasio. de Blasio will be delivering a keynote speech at the Ritz Carlton as the conference kicks off.

This conference is indeed secretive. Press are barred from the sessions, and participants are not allowed to discuss the proceedings.

The price to be a member of the club is a steep one.  Members have to pay $30,000 in annual dues and give at least $200,000 a year to recommended groups.

What do these recommended groups look like? They include various leftist groups such as Media Matters, the Center for American Progress, and Catalist.

Panels at the conference will focus on pushing various aspects of the leftist agenda, including income inequality, global warming, gun control, and abortion rights.

The conference looks to be moving leftward from its already liberal stances. A new leadership is replacing the Obama and Clinton loyalists who had been running the Democracy Alliance.  One reason this is important is that this club’s members could be important in determining whether Elizabeth Warren or Hillary Clinton gets the 2016 Democratic Presidential nomination. Erica Payne, who helped found the club and now leads a liberal nonprofit said the following:

I anticipate the Democracy Alliance becoming both more progressive and more aggressive (emphasis added) in the coming years. That will disturb centrist Democrats, but it will be healthy and productive for the country. They need to be challenged on these things.

So there it is. A “progressive” group filled with wealthy people, labor union officials, and progressive stars will be meeting this next week behind closed doors to discuss the direction they would like America to head.

Is this group really a “Democracy Alliance”  putting forth resistance against the corroding democracy in America? Or is this group meeting in secret to discuss how they can get this country under their grasp once and for all? Feel free to share your thoughts.

 

This post originally appeared at the Sound Money Institute, a site devoted to understanding the current economic problems from a free market perspective. It discusses how these problems can be solved on a political level and also how individuals can successfully navigate these economic problems for themselves.

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This Is Why We Should Fear George Soros, Not The Koch Brothers

Judging from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s nearly daily diatribes on the floor of the U.S. Senate, George W. Bush has been retired as the most despised villain and the cause of all the evils that plague the world. Bush has been replaced by the Koch (a Dutch name, pronounced “Coke”) brothers, who are often maligned by the left for their pecuniary influence in politics. Since those on the left are not equally malevolent toward George Soros, who does the same thing, it’s clearly not the money in politics that bothers them — it’s the ideology.

The Washington Post’s Pulitzer Prize winning Fact Check granted a “Four Pinocchio” rating to Reid’s latest round of attacks. The Post says Reid is “setting a high standard for deceptive speech,” and concludes that Reid’s party is “reaching blindly” for someone to cast the blame of their own failures on. The paper, critical of the falsity of Reid’s claim, chides him with, “If you want to join a gun fight, don’t fire blanks.”

David and Charles Koch are brothers who run Koch Industries, an oil refinery business that is the second largest private firm in the country. The brothers are tied at number 6 on Forbes top billionaires list with personal net worth of about $41 billion each. They’ve expanded and maintained their fortunes by successfully providing the refined product that keeps America moving – oil.

George Soros is chairman of Soros Fund Management, a hedge fund company. Soros is number 27 on Forbes list with a net worth of $23 billion. He’s made his fortune in large part by selling short against international currencies and collapsing financial institutions. In 1997, he was dubbed “the man who broke the Bank of England”; and he was blamed by the Malaysian Prime Minister for collapsing their currency during the Asian financial crisis. He was also convicted of illegal financial dealings in France. His big bet now is collapsing the U.S. dollar and the free enterprise system.

Economist Paul Krugman has been critical of Soros and others like him, “who not only move money in anticipation of a currency crisis, but actually do their best to trigger that crisis for fun and profit. These new actors on the scene do not yet have a standard name; my proposed term is ‘Soroi’.”

The Koch brothers and Soros spend lavishly in politics. They support individual candidates, contribute to political party campaign funds, lobby politicians, bankroll political action committees, and have established foundations and think tanks to influence politics.

The Kochs spend by far the most, but the bulk of it goes to lobbying. The Open Society Institute is one of George Soros’ organizations, and they provide part of the funding of OpenSecrets.org; so even realizing that their data may be skewed toward a more pejorative coverage of the Kochs, I’m going to rely on their data. According to Open Secrets, the Koch brothers have spent (or as liberals typically describe it, “invested”) over $50 million in lobbying from 1998-2010. During that same time, Soros and his primary Lobbying organization, the Open Society Policy Center, spent about $13 million.

Donations to federal candidates, parties, and political action committees give a smaller advantage to the Kochs. They invested $2.58 million vs. Soros’ $1.74 million from 1989 to 2010. When extended to include the past four years, the Koch brothers have contributed $18 million in political donations. This sounds like a great number, until we look at the 58 organizations ahead of them, including 18 different unions, according to Open Secrets. Those unions’ political contributions total over $638 million, almost all of whose funds go to liberal candidates, and is more than 35 times what the Kochs donate. Among those are the American Federation of State, County, & Municipal Employees ($60,667,379), the National Education Association ($53,594,488), the United Auto Workers ($41,667,858), and the Service Employees International Union ($38,395,690.)

But from here, the money for political influence gets a little more shady. From 2001 to 2010, the Koch brothers invested $1.5 million in other political groups, called 527 organizations, compared to Soros’ whopping $32.5 million.

The proliferation and expanded influence of 527s was made possible by the problematic McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform of 2002, so named because of the tax code, Section 527, that they fall under. As described by Benjamin Dangl, the groups “operate as shadow political campaigns working indirectly for or against a particular candidate.” Once contributed funds get to these groups, they can go anywhere; and the audit trail is virtually non-existent. Some are run totally above board and are very straightforward in their objectives. Many others are not. As Dangl says, “Prominent think tanks and campaign finance reform lobbyists say 527s are ‘illegal loopholes’ that enable the privatization of political campaigns.”

The groups that these men contribute to tell an even more significant tale than the sheer dollar volume they pump into our dysfunctional crony-capitalist, or corporatist, political system. Since the Koch brothers are ideological libertarians, they’re driven by the classical-liberal Jeffersonian philosophy that America was founded on. Perhaps nothing defines this self-defined mission for the brothers better than the mission statement on the Cato Institute website, which states, “The mission of the Cato Institute is to originate, disseminate, and increase understanding of public policies based on the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets, and peace.”

The Cato Institute, the Koch’s crown jewel, was established 40 years ago with seed money from Charles Koch, and his brother David still serves on the Board of the organization. Cato is recognized as the sixth most influential think tank in the nation, and number 14 internationally, with its scholarly and empirically documented research.

They also have contributed significantly to the Reason Foundation, publisher of Reason Magazine, applying reason and logic to economic and personal liberty issues. Nobel laureate Milton Friedman strongly supported the Foundation. And with a grant of $30 million, the Koch brothers were instrumental in the establishment of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, with similar objectives.

George Soros runs the Open Society Institute and the Soros.org website; and he contributes heavily to many organizations that ideologically are aligned with leftist causes, including Moveon.org. He is reviled abroad for his shady efforts to foment revolution and collapse currencies. His foundations have been accused of shielding spies and breaking currency laws, and he’s invested over $400 million in institutions of higher education to promulgate and teach his extremist ideology.

In short, the Kochs and Soros are heavily invested in politics and are, by all standards, prototypical “one percenters” in income, net worth, and political influence. And it would appear, at least ostensibly, that all three are playing the influence-for-money game according to the rules established by Congress. There is near universal contempt for the crony capitalism and corrupt corporatism that has tainted our political institutions and politicians (and adulterated our free-market system). But Congress has created the rules these players play by. Blaming the Kochs and Soros for using their resources to buy influence is like blaming collegiate athletes for the rules established by the NCAA.

Since most of the Koch’s political money goes into lobbying, their funds are well documented, as required by congressional accounting rules. With most of Soros’ political “investments” going into 527s, the funds are less traceable and has earned Soros the dubious honor of being dubbed the “Godfather to the left.”

The classical-liberal principles of individual freedom and free markets that are so fully embraced and advanced by Charles and David Koch are the very principles the nation was founded upon. They are the principles that made America great. The progressive socialistic agenda advanced by Soros is antithetical to America’s founding precepts; and it is heavily invested in the failure of not only the U.S. dollar, but the collapse of the U.S. economic system.

As distasteful as the pay-for-influence system is, the ideological objectives and uses of that influence should be of even greater concern. Should we fear those who support the ideals that made America great, or the one who seeks to destroy and fundamentally transform the country?

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Soros Ramps Up Financial Support For Desperate Leftist Causes

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The American left is perpetually outraged by the ostensible influence wielded by conservative activists and billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch. Despite the fact that recent reports revealed they are nowhere near the most generous or influential political donors on the scene, their vicious detractors continue to portray them as evil incarnate.

In fact, major donors are overwhelmingly unions, which disproportionately support leftist causes with the revenue from their dues-paying members.

While painting the Koch brothers as an enemy for their political passion, however, the radical progressive crowd conveniently omits the staggering amount of money pumped into their own political machine by billionaire George Soros.

His group Open Society Policy Center more than tripled the amount of money it dedicated to partisan causes in just one year, hitting $11 million in lobbying expenditures last year alone.

Executive Director Stephen Rickard said the spike in spending was due to the fact that a number of leftist causes are now being discussed at the legislative level. The Alliance for Citizenship, a coalition dedicated to securing amnesty for illegal aliens, received the biggest chunk of the center’s capital.

The center’s parent organization, the Open Society Foundations, has dedicated over $100 million in support of illegal immigrants over the preceding 16 years, according to a report released in 2013.

Soros’ activism is not limited to throwing millions of dollars through this affiliated organization, of course. He became one of the first official backers of a 2016 presidential candidate about four months ago when he announced the creation of a political action committee called Ready for Hillary.

Despite the fact that the oft-discussed candidacy of Hillary Clinton is as yet unconfirmed, Soros has committed a significant sum of his astounding wealth toward the effort to put another Clinton in the White House.

When the leftist movement is in a bind, its adherents can rely on wealthy benefactors in the worlds of investment and entertainment to bail them out. Soros is just one of the many sources of such financial support.

The fact that these same beneficiaries castigate the Koch brothers as perpetrating some nefarious campaign is likely best described, in the parlance of the Sigmund Freud, as projection.

–B. Christopher Agee

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Find Out Why George Soros Got Punched In the Face!





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Though the outrageously partisan, incredibly wealthy political activist has attracted no shortage of enemies by supporting some of the most despicable leftist causes in American history, few would resort to physically attacking octogenarian George Soros. According to recent reports, though, at least one jilted lover felt a punch to the face was exactly what he deserved.

Attorney Marty Singer recounted the incident in court papers filed a few days ago, explaining actress Adriana Ferreyr “lunged at Mr. Soros … and struck his head with her hands” during a deposition regarding her lawsuit against the nabob.

A profanity-laden tirade followed, Singer recounted, which also included a physical attack on him and fellow Soros attorney William Zabel.

“I was able to grab both of Ms. Ferreyr’s arms to move her away from Mr. Soros,” Singer wrote, at which time she “immediately swung at my face, knocking off my glasses.”

The lawsuit pertains to an alleged promise Soros made to purchase a nearly $2 million apartment for Ferreyr, whom he dated for about five years. The couple reportedly broke up in 2011; and, according to the suit, Soros never made good on his promise.

Ferreyr’s attorney, Bill Beslow, explained that his client “will set forth the complete story of what transpired” when the time is appropriate.

Through his bitterly partisan group Media Matters, Soros is able to use his immense wealth to disseminate invective and ad hominem attacks against conservatives. He has pledged his support to Hillary Clinton in her likely 2016 presidential bid and is a frequent critic of anything Christian.

Furthermore, he has been widely accused of using his massive holdings to devalue the currencies of entire nations for his own financial benefit. Soros wants to cede American sovereignty to the international community and routinely bankrolls similarly far-left efforts.

In general, he embodies the exact opposite of the conservative ideal. Despite the left’s insistence that conservatives are dangerous and potentially violent, though, it was not a political adversary who decided a face jab was in order. Judging from the allegations surrounding this altercation, Soros is just as capable of making enemies in personal relationships as he is by continuously insulting half of the nation.

–B. Christopher Agee

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Obama Operative Masquerades as Catholic Expert





 

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Christopher Hale, of a group called Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, has emerged on CNN and Fox News as a defender of Pope Francis against Rush Limbaugh’s charges that the pontiff spews Marxism.

The stories on CNN and Fox News cited Hale as a critic of Limbaugh and defender of the pope without noting his group’s connections to George Soros, the billionaire atheist, and that Hale worked on the “National Faith Vote Team” for the “Obama for America” 2012 presidential campaign organization.

Hale was also an intern in the Obama White House and worked for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

Frank Walker of the conservative Pewsitter website labels the group a religious and political Trojan Horse designed to mislead Catholics and produce votes for the Democratic Party. Soros, the major financial backer of the Democratic Party’s “progressive” base, also supports such causes as drug legalization, the rights of “sex workers” and felons, euthanasia, radical feminism, abortion rights, and homosexual rights.

The Fox story by Lauren Green, which aired on Bret Baier’s “Special Report” on Wednesday night, highlighted Hale’s criticism of Limbaugh and defense of the pope, without noting that the papal document “The Joy of the Gospel” had criticized conservative economic policies, dubbed “trickle-down” by the Vatican. Green misidentified the papal document as “The Gospel of Joy.”

Hale told Fox that the pope only wants “human-centered capitalism” promoting “people over profits,” and that he is challenging both liberals and conservatives. But that is not how Limbaugh and other conservatives are seeing it.

The Vatican document is emerging as cannon fodder for the Obama administration as it tries to change the subject from the pitfalls of socialized medicine to “inequality,” low paid workers, and other social problems.

On Wednesday, in a speech to the Center for American Progress, another Soros-funded group, President Obama favorably cited the pope’s remarks. Obama said, “Some of you may have seen just last week, the pope himself spoke about this at eloquent length. ‘How can it be,’ he wrote, ‘that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points?’”

But conservative Catholic writer Victor Biorseth countered, “We are already seeing how collectivism kills right here in America with the bare beginnings of Obamacare, which is a government controlled redistribution of both health care itself and health care insurance. In all likelihood people have already died, and many, many more will die, due to the critically ill losing their doctors, losing their health care facilities, being required to start treatment procedures all over again, not being able to, and losing their insurance coverage.”

Biorseth calls it “trickle-down collectivism.”

As AIM has reported, Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good received at least $200,000 from George Soros and offered a “Health Care Reform Prayer,” asking for God’s help in passing Obamacare.

We noted that the executive director of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good (CACG) at the time was Victoria Kovari, a former organizer for the Gamaliel Foundation, the same group that helped launch Barack Obama’s career as a community organizer in Chicago. She had also served as co-chair of Catholics for Obama.

The chairman of CACG is Alfred M. Rotondaro, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress.

How Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good became a source for stories attacking Limbaugh on Fox News and CNN is itself an interesting story.

It was first promoted as a “Catholic” group that is opposed to Limbaugh, by Media Matters, which is also Soros-funded. Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good had launched a campaign to “Tell Rush Limbaugh: We support Pope Francis!” It went on, “To call the Francis a proponent of ‘pure marxism’ is both mean spirited and naive. Francis’s critique of unrestrained capitalism is in line with the Church’s social teaching.”

While he found parts of the document on evangelism to be worthwhile, Catholic writer Biorseth also took issue with the pope’s statement that Islam is a peaceful religion. The pope had declared that “authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence.”

Biorseth countered, “No they are not. All the Koran’s violent verses instructing disciples to either convert us all to the religion of Islam, subjugate us all under Islamic law, or kill us all, were the later verses, after the flight to Medina, abrogating and replacing all the earlier more peaceful verses written at Mecca. Ask an Imam. Violent jihad is preached in virtually every Mosque on earth; all good Moslems will, at the very least, give moral support and not oppose terrorist acts done in the name of jihad. That’s just the way it is.”

Before he issued his document on “The Joy of the Gospel,” Pope Francis met in the Vatican with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the former KGB officer who now claims to be a Christian.

 

This commentary originally appeared at AIM.org and is reprinted here with permission.

 

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