George Soros, political strategists, and other high roller Democrat operatives attended a highly secretive conference at the Biltmore Hotel in Miami to discuss the upcoming elections.
And the Washington Free Beacon’s (WFB) Andrew Stiles gives us an inside look:
The location of the conference had been kept a closely guarded secret by the members and guests of Democracy Alliance (DA), a collection of ultra-wealthy liberal donors formed in 2005, and is reported here in a Washington Free Beacon exclusive.
Attendees roamed the grounds at the 150-acre tropical resort on their way to cocktail gatherings, salsa dance lessons, and workshops such as “Occupy the Voting Booth” and “The 1 Percent Rule.” Local police guarded entrances as members attended a “partners only” meeting in the hotel’s Country Club Courtyard.
“Name badges must be worn at all times,” attendees were informed.
Stiles reports that a WFB reporter was barred from the conference after-party by Alexandra Visher, vice president of partner engagement and communications for Democracy Alliance.
But if you think that’s odd, how about this: the same reporter was also told by a plain-clothes police officer that snapping photos of anyone at the conference was strictly prohibited.
When asked why, the officer replied, “I can’t talk about it.”
The whole thing was a veritable "who’s who" of billionaire Democrats and high-ranking strategists .
"The conference was attended by the biggest names in liberal politics, including billionaire financier George Soros...Andy Stern, the former president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and frequent White House visitor...Ari Rabin-Havt, executive vice president of Media Matters for America (MMFA),” Stiles reports..
“The Center for American Progress (CAP), a liberal think tank with deep ties to the Obama administration, was also heavily represented. CAP president Neera Tanden joined former Rep. Tom Perriello (D., Va.), president and CEO of the CAP Action Fund, and Van Jones, a senior fellow and former White House green jobs adviser, among others [emphasis added],” he adds.
Stiles reports that the timing of the conference coincides with reports of “dissent within [DA’s] ranks”
“There is heavy debate over whether to fund organizations closely aligned with the Democratic Party or those that operating outside it and pressuring it to move in a more progressive direction,” the Huffington Post’s Ryan Grim recently reported.
“The DA also caused a stir when it decided to stop funding a number of groups that operated outside the explicitly partisan realm of the Democratic Party, such as Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and Third Way, a center-left think tank,” Stiles reports.
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