“So much of left-wing thought is a kind of playing with fire by people who don’t even know that fire is hot.” George Orwell
Founded in 2000 with close ties to the Democratic Party and the left-wing progressive movement, DEMOS (The People, or the Mob) tout themselves as a “think-and-do” tank that powers the movement for a just, inclusive, multiracial democracy.
DEMOS has been in bed with Senator Elizabeth Warren since her Senate election campaign and are currently working diligently to push their left-wing politics and extensive donor base to get her the Democratic presidential nomination. It probably doesn’t hurt that her only daughter Chair’s the board of directors.
Since affiliating themselves with Warren, the group has been in the process of disguising their radical agenda. Benjamin Barber, a former adviser to Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of the late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, was listed as a senior fellow at Demos as late as May 2012, but has since departed as they “reorganized.” They have also changed their mission statement to replace the “rethinking American capitalism as it exists today and changing how Americans consume and live,” etc. to “advancing reform to strengthen the middle class and to create a path to economic prosperity for young Americans and future generations.”
Like most left-wing organizations, DEMOS is and has been staffed by left-wing democratic activists since its inception. Their very first president, Stephen Heinz, is now president of the hard left Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Today the group is headed by Sabeel Rahman, a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, a fellow at the far left New America Foundation and former employee at the Brennan Center for Justice, another left-wing think tank with deep ties to the Tides Foundation. Other presidents of the group have included Heather McGhee who worked on the John Edwards presidential campaign and Miles Rapaport who left to become president of Common Cause.
Staff members include Brenda Wright, former director of the voting rights project at the far-left Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, and Lenore Palladino, the former organizing director for MoveOn.Org.
The Board is chaired by Senator Warren’s daughter, Amelia Warran Tyagi. Other board members have included Van Jones, Obama’s Communist Czar for green jobs, who was ousted when it was revealed he had put his name to a 9/11 “truther” conspiracy petition that embarrassed Obama; and Gina Glantz, founding member of America Votes, America Coming Together and the New Politics Institute, and former employee of SEIU.
Current and former board members also include Ruth Wooden, the former president of Public Agenda; Clarissa Martinez De-Castro, director of national campaigns for the National Council of La Raza; Rashad Robinson, executive director of Color of Change; Amy Hanauer, executive director of Policy Matters Ohio; and none other than Barack Obama.
In addition to money funneled through Democracy Alliance, DEMOS receives funding from George Soros, the Tides Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Kellogg Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Rockefeller Family fund, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, ad nauseam, along with every large labor union in the nation.
As the 2020 Democratic candidates jockey for the win, the lies are beginning to pile up. Elizabeth Warren has already let it be known that she is not going out for any high dollar fundraising for her campaign, preferring instead to rely on small donors, which of course everyone knows is the “backbone” of the Democratic Party (wink! wink!).
Bundling campaign contributions is a common practice. The term bundling refers to a form of fundraising in which one person or small groups of people, i.e. lobbyists, business owners, special interest groups or activists seeking legislative action, convince their wealthy friends, coworkers and other like-minded donors to simultaneously write checks to their preferred candidate for public office. It is a legal way for campaign supporters to circumvent individual contribution limits set forth in federal campaign finance laws.
While it is illegal, bundlers have also been known to give large sums of money to employees, family members and friends with the implicit goal of having those employees, family members and friends turn around and contribute to a candidate for Congress or the presidency.
The Federal Election Commission does require that candidates for federal office disclose the funds bundled by registered lobbyists, but for any other person or group, disclosure is voluntary and sporadic.
I’m not saying that is how DEMOS is going to support Warren’s campaign because it would be wrong to accuse someone without facts to back up allegations.
Few liberal nonprofits are this brazenly extreme and proud of it. Others on the far left are more clever and seek to sound pragmatic without talking about “transforming America,” “rethinking capitalism,” and “global governance.” Demos could create the perfect foundation for a certain presidential candidate. Barbara Joanna Lucas, writer in Northern Virginia and blogs at The Sharp Bite