The Democracy Alliance is a donors collaborative established by a group of liberal political activists, labor unions and donors. The group was created in April 2005 in Phoenix, AZ. The attendees at the initial meeting included George Soros, former Clinton White House aides Mike McCurry, Sidney Blumenthal, and LBJ staffer turned PBS talking head Bill Moyers.
Democracy Alliance does its best to keep the details of its members and inner workings under wraps, so complete information is lacking. Prominent members include George Soros, Tom Steyer, Peter B. Lewis, Susie Tompkins Buell, trial lawyer Guy Saperstein, trial lawyer Fred Baron, movie director Rob Reiner, Norman Lear, Drummond Pike, Rob McKay, Rutt Bridges, Patricia Stryker, Rob Glaser, Rob Johnson, Anne Bartley, Jonathan Heller, Charles Rodgers, Gail Furman, Davidi Gilo, Rachel Pritzker Hunter and the Service Employees International Union. To become a "partner," as the members are referred to internally, requires a $25,000 entry fee and annual dues of $30,000 to cover alliance operations as well as some of its contributions to start-up liberal groups. Partners also agree to spend at least $200,000 annually on DA-endorsed organizations.
Black Lives Matter
In 2015, Democracy Alliance, led by George Soros and Taco Bell heir Rob McKay, recommended “its donors step up check writing to a handful of endorsed groups that have supported the Black Lives Matter movement.” BLM Movement groups which received support from the Democracy Alliance were the Black Youth Project 100, the Center for Popular Democracy, the Black Civic Engagement Fund, Color of Change and the Advancement Project.
Additionally, the Ford Foundation and the Borealis Philanthropy created the Black-led Movement Fund, a funding vehicle for the Movement for Black Lives, the coalition of groups responsible for the extremist “Vision 4 Black Lives.” The fund has received “pledges of more than 100 million dollars from liberal foundations and others eager to contribute.”
Other Leftwing groups
Democracy Alliance endorses a large number of organizations and, consequently, generously funds those liberal organizations. Among them are:
- Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN)
- America Votes
- Center for Community Change
- Data Warehouse
- EMILY's List
- Sierra Club
- Air America Radio
- Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)
- Media Matters for America
- Center for Independent Media
- People for the American Way
- Center for American Progress
- Economic Policy Institute
- Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
- Center for Progressive Leadership
- New Democrat Network
- Progressive Majority
- Vogel, Kenneth And Wheaton, Sarah. “Major donors consider funding Black Lives Matter.” Nov. 13, 2015.
- “Black-led Movement Fund.” Borealis Philanthropy.
- Richardson, Valerie. “Black Lives Matter cashes in with $100 million from liberal foundations.” The Washington Times. August 16, 2016.