Geoge Soros is going to do everything he can to ensure that his hand picked candidates evenrtually are elected and in control of the United States. From pushing campaign finance reform, which he promptly used a loophole in to funnel millions into in an attempt to elect John Kerry, to funding a so called "constitutional convention" at Yale, now he is organizing this self called Phoenix Group. It would seem that the sole purpose of this group is to get liberal, leftist and dem candidates elected. Hans Nichols has more on this in his commentary.
George Soros told a carefully vetted gathering of 70 likeminded millionaires and billionaires last weekend that they must be patient if they want to realize long-term political and ideological yields from an expected massive investment in “startup” progressive think tanks.Be prepared to see a plethera of new so called "non-partisan" think tanks trying to influence public policy. It will be reminiscent of the recent drive to foist campaign finance reform upon us.
The Scottsdale, Ariz., meeting, called to start the process of building an ideas production line for liberal politicians, began what organizers hope will be a long dialogue with the “partners,” many from the high-tech industry. Participants have begun to refer to themselves as the Phoenix Group.
Senior Democratic National Committee (DNC) officials were quietly briefed about the meeting in recent weeks. DNC Chairman Howard Dean was aware of it, in part though his friendship with Stein, but one senior DNC source said the organizers “kept that list [of attendees] kind of tight.”Already you can see that this is anything but non partisan. The ground work is being set to once again bypass campaign finance reform, that the dems so desperately wanted. The DNC is already being briefed, so expect dmes of all stripes to be praising these groups and trying to have them appear as mainstream. This is the same tactic used with campaign finance reform.
Sarah Ingersoll, de facto spokeswoman for Stein’s Democracy Alliance, said it was “a very preliminary meeting of committed donors interested in building a community to support progressive infrastructure.”
The Democracy Alliance will act as a clearinghouse and is expected to channel much of its money to new organizations and existing ones such as John Podesta’s Center for American Progress and David Brock’s Media Matters for America.
One source at the DNC with direct knowledge of the agenda said that the Phoenix Group had three specific goals at the outset. It wants to create liberal think tanks, training camps for young progressives and media centers.There you have it, all laid out in a neat little package. George Soros and the DNC in bed once again. You can expect that the Soros funded 527's will also be at the forefront of hyping the think tanks funded by the Phoenix Group. Keep your eye for more on this from the blogosphere, since the MSM will also likely be in bed with this group. - Sailor
Despite the general recognition that progressives are several years behind conservatives, liberal activists are confident that technology will help them close the gap. “Technology may allow us to do in a few years what it took the other side 40 years,” the DNC source said.
But the Phoenix Group is not beholden to the political calendar, and several sources insisted that four-year electoral exigencies were not motivating the project. Indeed, part of the reasoning in keeping D.C. consultants away from Scottsdale was to shield the high-tech donor base from political operatives, who are always eager for quick dollars to buy media points and fund direct mail.
“This is bigger than that,” the DNC source said.