Elizabeth Warren — The Democracy Alliance’s Chosen One

Robbie Jaeger
Sep 24, 2019 · 8 min read

The George Soros-led Network Of Billionaires Have Their Hands On Everything — Including The Working Families Party

The Democratic primaries, while still in their early stages, are becoming increasingly intense. So many candidates jockeying for position in a race that, depending on who you talk to, is ripe for the taking by anyone who has the stamina, intelligence, and appeal to claim victory. This election, more than ever, is going to be a marathon; and that means extensive and meticulous vetting for each and every presidential hopeful. Primary season is the time of year where a political party can take stock of where its at both literally and rhetorically — and the same is true for their voters. While there is becoming a clear definition of who among the contenders is not a progressive — but the debate is still raging over who exactly is; and this debate primarily centers around Bernie Sanders and the woman who many not only consider his biggest competition, but possibly the front-runner altogether — Elizabeth Warren. Sanders' progressive stripes have been earned and are more or less unquestionable; and although Warren likes to be portrayed in a similar light, there is something about the correlation between her message and those who back it that doesn’t add up — in fact, the math raises more questions than it answers.

Elizabeth Warren and her campaign have billed her as the “kinder, gentler" version of Bernie Sanders, insofar as her voice is softer, but her rhetoric (she argues) is just as — if not more — progressive. It is with that mindset she intends to set herself apart, and while her polling is up, she needed a firm endorsement; and last week, she got it from the Working Families Party, or WFP. The Working Families Party, whose primary focus is labor and union issues, has typically been an important endorsement for Democrats to have, and so early in the race, it would certainly give a boost — if not credibility — to any aspiring candidate; and it couldn’t be any more of a benefit to someone who’s progressive chops are contantly being questioned. For many, WFP’s endorsement of Warren has been used as a rallying cry for the Massachusetts senator’s credentials. For others, it draws a little suspicion; and taking a closer look at what the WFP actually is — and more specifically who funds them — raises some eyebrows as to not only the legitimacy of their rhetoric, but the intentions of their actions. To understand the WFP however, would require us to understand who funds them — and in that regard, they hold alot in common with some very familiar faces and institutions; and most of them are no friends to progressives. The most prominent of these is The Democracy Alliance, of which a former board member, Paul Egerman, is Elizabeth Warren’s campaign finance chair.

Let’s start there.

The Democracy Alliance is a semi-anonymous donor network funded primarily by none other than Democratic mega-donor George Soros. Since its inception in 2005, it is estimated the Alliance has injected over $500 million to Democratic causes. While it isn’t typical that they would endorse a candidate outright, they focus more on formulating a catalog of organizations and PACs that they recommend the network of about 100 or so millionaires and billionaires invest in. Democracy Alliance almost literally have their hands in every major left-leaning institution you have (and haven’t) heard of —John Podesta and Neera Tanden’s Center for American Progress, David Brock’s Media Matters, Center for Popular Democracy, Demos (we’ll come back to this one), and the Working Families Party. All of these organizations are listed on the Alliance’s website as recommended investments for it’s members; and invest they do. Here’s the rub: Democracy Alliance’s membership isn’t made entirely public — but we know enough that alot of the people that have sat in the highest levels of that organization have an affinity for Elizabeth Warren.

Democracy Alliance has had some of the wealthiest and politcally influential people come through it’s doors, and whether they are still an active part of the network is almost irrelevant — these are the billionaires that funded Obama’s rise to the White House, and tried to outright purchase the 2016 election for Hillary Clinton; and that’s what is so disheartening for those progressives who learn that those very same people are the ones maxing out to Elizabeth Warren.

Here is a non exhaustive list of current and former Democracy Alliance executives and partners that have given to Elizabeth Warren:

  • Patricia Bauman— Bauman is the Director of the Bauman Foundation, a massive nonprofit that her and her family have built that operates essentially the same as the Alliance. Bauman is a former board member. and currently sits on the board of several Alliance funded organizations. Bauman has donated $2,800 to Warren.
  • Weston Milliken — Milliken’s family made their immense wealth from the textile industry of yesteryear, he now works as a Los Angeles power broker. He’s given $5,000 to Warren.
  • Paul Rudd — no, not that Paul Rudd. Mr. Rudd is the head of Adaptive Analytics, a big data firm that caters to large corporations. According to Crunchbase, not only does Rudd actively remain an Alliance “partner", he also sits on the board of the Roosevelt Institute, another Alliance funded orginization. Rudd has given Warren $2,800.
  • Scott Wallace — former Congressional candidate from Pennsylvania, and heir to the Pioneer Hybrid International fortune. He’s given $2,800 to Warren.
  • Jeffrey Katzenberg — CEO of Dreamworks Animation, and one of the most powerful figures in the political finance sphere. He personally donated millions of his own money in support of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 run and helped give “independent" news outlet The Young Turks $20 million dollars in funding. He and his wife have both donated $2,800 each to Warren’s campaign.

This is just a snapshot of the type of support from this enigmatic and immensely powerful network. There are others, like Nick Hanauer, Robert Bowditch, and Susie Buell, who may not have donated this cycle but have given the max in previous cycles for Warren’s bids for Senate. The preceding information is a tell; this organization has had their eye on Warren for a very long time. The one thing that almost universally unites these establishment placating billionaires is the fact that they all — almost without exeption — threw their immense wealth and influence behind Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, and they heavily fund the DNC, with affiliate Patricia Stryker of the Bohemian Foundation donating in excess of $100,000 to the party institution itself this year. The establishment wing of the Democratic donor base — and Democracy Alliance in particular — have courted Warren before (she has spoken at events hosted by the network) and this time they may get their wish; and starting off with a friendly endorsement from a more-than-friendly organization, like the Working Families Party, would be a great place to start. Except, WFP doesn’t appear to be wholly objective, when you consider who funds them.

The Working Families Party shares the same financial backers as Demos — a think tank that Warren’s daughter was on the board of — and the Center for Popular Democracy. In fact, two members listed as National Advisors, Brian Kettenring and Ana Archila, are directors for the Alliance funded group. WFP and Demos work with each other regularly, with the former not being shy from taking big money whenever they get the chance. At the time of writing, preliminary reports that Demos recently transferred $45,000 to WFP ahead of Warren’s endorsement, which given the fact that Warren’s daughter Amelia is a former board member, raises some very legitimate and serious concerns. Additionally, earlier this year, on June 27, a woman named Katrina Schaffer donated $183,000 to the Working Families Party’s independent expenditure account — meaning that money is pretty much spent on whatever the WFP wants. Schaffer is a self-described LGBT advocate and stop-motion animator, but aside from that, she has some obviously deep pockets. In fact, Schaffer is the great-granddaughter of Joyce Hall — the founder of the Hallmark cards empire. Schaffer herself donated to Warren in 2012, and her mother Roswitha was a heavy financial backer for Hillary Clinton in 2016. This is another damning optical indictment on the legitimacy of the WFP’s internal process; one that sends a message that the entire institution and their favor can possibly be bought — which, regardless of the truth, is terrible for their credibility. It almost renders their endorsement worthless.

As investigations such as this one continue, evidence continues to mount on two fronts:

  1. The Working Families Party seems to be a vehicle for the wealthiest backers to purchase the direction of the organization’s rhetoric.
  2. Elizabeth Warren is being financially backed, and endorsed, by the same people who propped up Hillary Clinton, and use organizations such as WFP as a political shell company to manipulate public opinion — which should scare the hell out of progressives.

The moral of the story is this: the George Soros' and the Jeffrey Katzenberg’s of the world are not allies to the progressive movement. They are allies to the movement of money, and power, amongst themselves. The Democracy Alliance and their affiliated network of anonymous billionaires are putting their hopes in Warren, presumably because she represents an opportunity to return to the status quo of the pre-Trump era. They see her as a means to an end, and one thing is for sure: they do not fear her, because if they did, they would not support her candidacy. Its that simple. The glaring question that every progressive should be asking is why, given their supposed similarities, has Bernie Sanders not received a dime from Democracy Alliance? Why is Warren taking their money? She knows who they are, and what they do. She knows they are the reason why people distrust PACs, whose methods of funding she has sworn off (for the primaries). Again, for any progressive who feels Warren is the superior alternative to Sanders, please ask yourself why the same people who propped up centrists in Obama and Clinton are now throwing their weight behind a “progressive" in Warren. It doesn’t add up; and the equation itself should be a red flag to those who distrust the elite and the candidates they feel comfortable enough to publicly push upon the American citizenry.

The Democracy Alliance, WFP, and all the rest are all connected at the top by the same plutocrats who want to sell you the notion that they have suddenly turned over a new, progressive leaf. Don’t buy it on face value.

    Robbie Jaeger

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    Independent Investigative Journalist. Sociopolitical Critic. Following The Money Down The Rabbit Hole And Back Again.

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