Can’t believe I missed this….Straight from the CNN liberminators, this appears—I swear if Sessions and President Trump don’t stop this man and his money factory, we will never have any peace.
Progressive activists to unveil new $80 million network
By Gregory Krieg, CNN
May 23, 2017
The anti-Trump “resistance” movement is growing — and getting richer.
At their spring gala Tuesday night, the Center for Popular Democracy Action will unveil a new $80 million effort to coordinate the work of dozens of smaller progressive groups from around the country.
The activist organization’s new initiative — which, as a 501(c)(4) nonprofit political organization, is not required to disclose its donors — arrives as part of a broader effort on the left to channel anger at the Trump administration into a lasting power base, with the ability to influence policy debates within the Democratic Party while boosting candidates on the local, state and federal levels.
The growing network spans 32 states, with 48 local partners, as part of concentrated effort to mobilize new voters — pushing back on voter ID laws and partisan gerrymandering efforts while pumping up campaigns for automatic voter registration programs — ahead of the 2018 midterms and 2020 general election. Organizers say they are also targeting six state legislatures they believe are ripe to flip to Democratic control.
Affiliated groups “know how to win on the local level, now they want to turn that attention to building these campaigns on the national level,” CPD Action Network President and co-Executive Director Jennifer Epps-Addison told CNN.
“The past four months has seen an unprecedented wave of activism and grassroots energy, but only with a long-term investment in organizing can we turn this moment into a movement,” Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez told CNN in a statement. “I am excited that CPD Action is mobilizing their national network toward building political influence from the ground up.”
Four months into the Trump era, traditionally local groups are seeking broader alliances in their fight against federal efforts to reverse regional gains and crack down on traditionally liberal strongholds.
“It’s no longer enough to be in California and be satisfied by having a progressive city council or to be in New York and to able to pass things like paid sick days,” Epps-Addison said. “Being located in a progressive city or progressive state is no longer enough to protect our families. … We need to mobilize, unite and defend sanctuary cities and policies that protect immigrant communities and local power.”
Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, the deputy DNC chair, will be honored at the Tuesday night gathering, which will count among its co-chairs union leaders Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, and the SEIU’s Mary Kay Henry. In an email, Ellison touted the network as another step toward solidifying grassroots opposition to the Trump administration agenda.
“This national network, led by working class people of color and immigrants, will supply the power and the fight we need to resist the Trump administration’s all-out assault on American values,” he said. “I look forward to standing with CPD Action’s leaders in the streets and in Congress to win real progressive change.”
The increase in resources will also centralize the decision-making process. Organizers say a board of directors, comprising executive directors and member leaders from CPD Action’s partners, will prioritize how and where the new resources are directed.
New $80M Anti-Trump Network Spearheaded by Soros-Funded Org
With Former ACORN Employees
Network will focus on pushing back against voter laws leading up to the 2018 and 2020 elections
May 27, 2017
A new $80 million anti-Trump network is being led by an organization whose top funder is liberal billionaire George Soros and which employs former members of the controversial and now-defunct Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN).
The Center for Popular Democracy Action Fund, the 501(c)(4) sister organization of the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD), a New York-based nonprofit that receives the bulk of its funding from George Soros.
The network will seek to mobilize new voters and fight voter identification laws. It will also focus on gerrymandering and automatic voter registration programs with an eye on the 2018 and 2020 election cycles.
The Center for Popular Democracy, which was founded in 2012, consists of old chapters of ACORN, the community-organizing group that was forced to close after being stripped of its federal funds following controversy in 2010.
Andrew Friedman, a co-executive director at the Center for Popular Democracy, co-founded Make the Road New York, a Latino immigrant group that has worked alongside CPD on a number of anti-Trump campaigns. Friedman serves on the board of Make the Road New York (MRNY) and Make the Road Action Fund, which are closely linked to CPD and contain many overlapping staffers.
Others in leadership roles at CPD have come directly from ACORN.
- Brian Kettenring, the other co-executive director of the CPD, was an organizer for ACORN from 1995 to 2010.
- Steve Kest, a senior advisor at CPD, worked for ACORN for 35 years and served as its national executive director.
- Christina Livingston, a board member of CPD, is the executive director of the Alliance for Californians for Community Empowerment. Livingston previously organized for ACORN out of Los Angeles.
- Steve Dooley, the director of partnerships at CPD, began his career at ACORN in D.C. Dooley later directed ACORN’s offices in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
- Greg Basta, the director of sustainability initiatives at CPD, worked as the statewide canvass director for the New York ACORN for five years.
- Basta was a founding staff member of New York Communities for Change (NYCC), an ACORN offshoot that was founded in 2010.
The groups, which have combined to receive millions in funding from George Soros, funnel money to each other.
From 2012 to 2014, New York Communities for Change provided $81,700 to the Center for Popular Democracy, according to the group’s Form 990s up to 2014, the last available year. NYCC also passed $358,533 to the Make the Road New York Action Fund during this time.
The Center for Popular Democracy gave New York Communities for Change $406,667 between 2012 and 2014. CPD additionally gave Make the Road New York $173,955. CPD’s Action Fund added another $100,000 to New York Communities for Change.
The Center for Popular Democracy did not respond to inquiries on the new $80 million anti-Trump network. New York Communities for Change and Make the Road New York also did not return requests for comment.
CPD and MRNY have been extremely active in the anti-Trump arena, using protests and pressure campaigns.
The two groups recently “partnered” on a “Corporate Backers of Hate” campaign that targeted JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, Boeing, Disney, IMB, Uber, Blackrock, and Blackstone, corporations they say could profit from President Trump’s policies.
The “mass lobbying” campaign consists of directly pressuring higher ups at each company through emails and has been called “unprecedented” by corporate responsibility experts.
Make the Road was also reported to have organized the “spontaneous” protests at New York’s JFK Airport following Trump’s Muslim travel ban. However, it was later discovered that the protests had been planned since the day after the presidential election.
Uber, which had continued to pick up passengers from the airport during the event, found themselves in the center of the #DeleteUber pressure campaign following the protests. The CEO of Uber, Travis Kalanick, later stepped down from Trump’s advisory council.
The group is also behind the #GrabYourWallet campaign, which targets retailers for carrying Trump family products. Nordstrom ultimately pulled Ivanka Trump’s products, although the store had claimed they had dropped her brand due to declining sales.
The Center for Popular Democracy’s new multi-million dollar network falls in line with a number of major liberal groups who have reorganized to fight back against voter laws following Donald Trump’s victory.
Demos, a New York City-based progressive public policy group chaired by Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D., Mass.) daughter, has been assisting unions in pushing back against election lawsuits in number of states after counties had failed to properly maintain their voter rolls. Demos received hundreds of thousands in funding from Soros’ groups.
Marc Elias, Hillary Clinton’s former top campaign lawyer, recently joined the board of Priorities USA Action, a major Democratic super PAC that received $9.5 million from Soros during the 2016 election cycle.
Elias was tapped as the group shifts its focus on pushing back against state-level Republican efforts on voting laws. Every Citizen Counts, a nonprofit founded by Clinton allies focused on mobilizing African American and Latino voters, was absorbed into Priorities USA.
Elias will spearhead challenges against state voting laws from the organization’s nonprofit arm, which is building a national database to be a “one-stop inventory of restrictive voting measures” that they will share with other progressive groups.
Soros has a goal of enlarging the electorate by 10 million voters by 2018, the Washington Free Beacon discovered after a trove of hacked Soros documents were released last year by DC Leaks.
The plan to grow the electorate by millions of voters and combating “suppression” was listed as a top priority in a 220-page guide from his Open Society Foundations.
“The Open Society Foundations supports efforts to encourage wider participation in U.S. elections, and opposes measures used to try to suppress voter participation,” a spokesman from the Open Society Foundations told the Free Beacon at the time.
Given the new DNC leadership and the highlighted “led by working class people of color and immigrants” anyone want to guess to whom they refer?
Soros is pushing hard on that treason button. He definitely needs to be declared an enemy of the state. If his funds are not frozen asap there will be no going back and it is a surety that there is going to be a major fight soon. The lily-livered in congress you can bet will make sure they fall on the side that is squeezing their gonads.