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The Soros Summit -FB exclusive:Inside the secret Miami meeting-George Sorosís liberal conspiracy
Free Beacon ^ | 5-15-12 | Andrew Stiles

Posted on 05/15/2012 8:58:40 PM PDT by STARWISE

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The Soros Summit - Free Beacon exclusive: Inside the secret Miami meeting of George Soros’s liberal conspiracy

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A secretive network of left-wing billionaires and their political operatives descended on the luxurious Biltmore Hotel in Miami over the weekend to discuss strategy for the coming elections.

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.

A Free Beacon reporter who tried to attend the conference after-party was intercepted by Alexandra Visher, the DA’s vice president of partner engagement and communications.

“These are individuals of considerable means” who often support policies that run contrary to their own interests, Visher said, as she escorted the reporter out of the party.

Earlier, the Free Beacon reporter was approached by a plain-clothes police officer who said taking pictures of the conference-goers was prohibited. The reporter was not taking pictures at the time.

Asked for an explanation, the officer said, “I can’t talk about it.”

The conference was attended by the biggest names in liberal politics, including billionaire financier George Soros, who has already pledged at least $2 million to pro-Democratic groups this cycle.

The actual amount Soros has contributed may be much higher, according to experts.

Contrary to Visher’s claim, in the past Soros has boasted that he “made many millions” off of similar political philanthropy, “which had at first looked like a fruitless venture.”

Andy Stern, the former president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and frequent White House visitor, lounged by the Biltmore’s “lagoon sized pool.”

DA board member and Soros spokesman Michael Vachon swam laps.

Ari Rabin-Havt, executive vice president of Media Matters for America (MMFA), was overheard speaking to colleagues about his plans for a new MMFA fellowship, and bragging about a phone call he had received from Stephanie Cutter, deputy campaign manager for the Obama re-election team.

Soros publicly contributed $1 million to MMFA in 2010, after years of speculation that he was the group’s primary secret donor.

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.

Jones did not respond to the Free Beacon’s requests for comment.

The Center for American Progress has been at the forefront of a coordinated campaign to discredit and demonize conservative donors and to demand transparency in political giving.

However, CAP does not disclose its donors, nor does it mention its participation in the Democracy Alliance on its website. Soros pledged an initial $3 million to the organization in 2003.

Perriello was overheard in between sessions talking to other attendees about President Barack Obama’s electoral prospects in Virginia.

“There’s going to be an insane amount of money on the other side, and we’ve seen what that can do in a Congressional [election]” he said, noting that a “gender gap” had opened up in Northern Virginia that may be “very helpful.”

Perriello, who represented Virginia’s Fifth Congressional District from 2009-2011, lost decisively to Republican Robert Hurt in the 2010 election.

When it comes to “insane amounts of money,” however, the Biltmore is hard to beat. Shiny black Maseratis, McLarens, and Jaguars fill the parking lots; exotic finches flutter about the lobby; and the hotel’s luxury spa offers “Antioxidant Foam Wraps” and “Moroccan Oil Scalp Massages” for a rate equivalent to $3 per minute (gratuity not included).

Inside the rooms, which cost as much as $3,000 per night, guests are invited to enjoy $8 bottles of Evian. The accompanying literature features advertisements for private Swiss banks such as E. Gutzwiller & Cie.

Controversial former Rep. Alan Grayson (D., Fla.), who nicknamed his most recent opponent and current congressman Daniel Webster (R., Fla.) “Taliban Dan,” cracked jokes in the elevators.

DA board members such as Steve Phillips, Donald Sussman, and Kelly Craighead, each with connections to major left-leaning political organizations, were less recognizable, but perhaps of equal or greater import.

Phillips, who serves as secretary for the DA, oversees a number of political action committees such as PAC+, which focuses on Latino voters, and PowerPAC.org, a “statewide social justice organization working with community organizations and activists to build political power in California.”

Sussman, a hedge-fund manager who invests in Chinese companies, is married to Rep. Chellie Pingree (D., Maine) and currently serves on the board of CAP.

Another prominent hedge fund manager, Thomas E. Steyer of Farallon Capital Management, also sits on CAP’s board.

Craighead is the DA’s president and managing director. She formerly worked as a “strategic consultant” to liberal groups like MMFA.

Other notable attendees include Cynthia Ryan, a principal at the investment firm Schooner Capital, who has bundled between $200,000 and $500,000 for Obama’s reelection campaign.

The SEIU’s Larry McNeil, identified as a long-time “Saul Alinski organizer” [sic] in one online biography, was there with his wife Anne Bartley, currently a trustee of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and a top contributor to the EMILY’s List Women Vote! PAC.

Sandor Straus, a prominent investment manager who has given at least $115,000 to Democratic candidates and liberal organizations this cycle, and Al Yates, the former Colorado State University president who played a pivotal role in the DA’s formation, were also in attendance.

DA founder emeritus Rob Stein has described the group as a “political investment bank” whose mission is to “balance the market place of ideas and political activism with center-left ideas, messages, and organizing strategy.” Members are required to pay annual dues starting at $30,000 and contribute at least $170,000 per year to recommended groups.

The timing of the conference was significant as the organization is said to be experiencing dissent within its 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 resignation of billionaire insurance magnate Peter Lewis, the chairman of Progressive Insurance and one of the group’s founding members, was one sign of trouble for the organization.

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 thank.

However, at least one Third Way board member, Tim Sweeney of the Denver-based Gill Foundation, was spotted at the conference in Miami.

Groups such as Media Matters and the Center for American Progress, both of which maintain extensive ties to the Obama administration, have retained their favored status within the DA.

Other liberal grassroots organizations that have not been ostracized by the DA include America Votes, the Campaign for Community Change, and Act Blue, a PAC that bills itself as “the online clearinghouse for Democratic Action.”

It is not clear whether any senior administration officials or campaign representatives spoke at the conference.

However, both Vice President Joe Biden and Bill Burton, chairman of the Obama-aligned Priorities USA Super PAC, have addressed secret Democracy Alliance summits in the past.

DA chairman and Big Taco baron Rob McKay, who also sits on the board of Priorities USA, hosted a $35,800-a-head fundraiser for Obama earlier this year.

Visher, the DA spokesperson, told the Free Beacon that the group’s members should be allowed to meet and advance their agenda in private.

She cited the New York Times’ Nicholas Confessore as a reporter whose work was appropriately respectful of the network’s privacy.

Confessore reported last week that the DA was planning to “convene near Miami,” but did not provide additional details such as the exact location of the event or notable invitees.

When contacted by the Free Beacon regarding his reasoning for not reporting such information, Confessore referred us to Eileen Murphy, the Times’ vice president of corporate communications.

“You are getting into a level of detail regarding our reporting and editing process here that we do not typically discuss publicly,” Murphy said in an email. “Sorry I won’t be able to be of much assistance.”


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Gird your loins .. prepare for the demons and their ilk, including OWS, twittercreeps, and the lies and distortion of the O, his minions, the union thugs, bloggers and other wacked out media who worship at the altar of these marxists and Soros' billions. They're damned, but they're going bring this nation to her knees or bust. God help us .. strengthen us, weaken and confound them.
1 posted on 05/15/2012 8:58:45 PM PDT by STARWISE
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To: onyx; penelopesire; maggief; hoosiermama; SE Mom; Liz; rodguy911; Fred Nerks; Red Steel; ...

.. Ping!


2 posted on 05/15/2012 9:00:21 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: STARWISE

Well, if any of you still wonder who funded the rise of the idiot currently occupying the White House and continue to pull his many strings.............wonder no more.


3 posted on 05/15/2012 9:08:16 PM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: RightOnline

If I wuz rich enough to have a star chamber, lil georgie would be in the top ten.:-)


4 posted on 05/15/2012 9:18:45 PM PDT by biff (WAS)
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To: STARWISE
Hey Soros!

See you on November 6th!

5 posted on 05/15/2012 9:37:45 PM PDT by Art in Idaho (Conservatism is the only hope for Western Civilization.)
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To: STARWISE

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6 posted on 05/15/2012 9:42:32 PM PDT by PMAS (ABO 2012)
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To: STARWISE

EVIL.

Don't ever stop praying.

We pray, they don't.


There is no greater power than prayer.


7 posted on 05/15/2012 10:14:29 PM PDT by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: STARWISE

You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.


8 posted on 05/15/2012 10:28:20 PM PDT by allblues
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To: onyx

Amen!


9 posted on 05/15/2012 10:29:40 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: STARWISE

self ping


10 posted on 05/15/2012 10:40:00 PM PDT by advertising guy ( Slo Joe Biden " I promise you the President has a big stick, but Michelle's is bigger ")
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To: allblues

Satans, roaming the world to acquire, wound and destroy ..


11 posted on 05/15/2012 10:41:04 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: onyx; STARWISE
Ditto on that “Amen.” “There is no greater power than prayer.”—Onyx 2012.

“We pray, they don't.” — again, Onyx 2012. I think this should be the new marching cry of The Resistance.

12 posted on 05/15/2012 10:44:39 PM PDT by 1lawlady (To G-d be the glory. Great things He has done!)
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To: 1lawlady

Thanks very much.
Those are my true beliefs.
God bless and keep you.


13 posted on 05/15/2012 10:52:31 PM PDT by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: STARWISE
2005 : (THE SECRETIVE & LEFTIST DEMOCRACY ALLIANCE IS FOUNDED BY ROB STEIN & ERICA PAYNE, ETC ... -- See ITS TREASURER DRUMMOND PIKE {WHO WOULD LATER 'COVER' FOR DALE RATHKE, THE EMBEZZLING SON OF ACORN FOUNDER WADE RATHKE}; ALSO SEE CREW {See WAR ON CHENEY}; AND SEE DEMOCRACY ALLIANCE HEAD STEVEN GLUCKSTERN)

AUGUST 2008 : (REPORT : DRUMMOND PIKE HAS AGREED TO "MAKE WHOLE" THE EMBEZZLED FUNDS STOLEN BY DALE RATHKE, THE SON OF ACORN FOUNDER WADE RATHKE {see THE TIDES FOUNDATION})

Walking the cat back brings up this:

1992 : (CHICAGO , IL : ATTNY SANDY NEWMAN HIRES OBAMA TO BECOME DIRECTOR OF PROJECT VOTE-IL, AN ARM OF ACORN {See GEORGE SOROS, DEMOCRACY ALLIANCE}; AT THE SAME TIME OBAMA BEGINS TRAINING ACORN ACTIVISTS)

Which in turn trails back to this:

1982 : ("PROJECT VOTE" {AN ACORN FRONT GROUP LAUNCHED BY NWRO ORGANIZER/ACORN FOUNDER ZACH POLETT; See FUTURE US PESIDENT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA} & "HUMAN SERVE" {FOUNDED BY RICHARD A. CLOWARD, FRANCES FOX PIVEN & NWRO ORGANIZER HULBERT JAMES} ARE THE FLAGSHIP ORGS OF NEW VOTER RIGHTS MOVEMENT LED BY GEORGE WILEY'S WELFARE RIGHTS CRUSADE {See NWRO} & SPEARHEADED BY ACORN--See 1993 MOTOR VOTER LAW )


14 posted on 05/15/2012 11:47:14 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: Cindy; Fedora

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15 posted on 05/16/2012 12:09:16 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: allblues

“You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.”

EXCELLENT!!!!!

This is just the “work” they do Overtly. Makes a person wonder how much they do Covertly to undermine this nation. Probably would border on treason.


16 posted on 05/16/2012 4:25:19 AM PDT by radioone
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To: STARWISE

Bump.


17 posted on 05/16/2012 8:02:26 AM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: STARWISE

Too bad we couldn’t have talked a suicide bomber into attending that meeting.


18 posted on 05/16/2012 8:30:57 AM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks STARWISE.


19 posted on 05/16/2012 2:42:03 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: piasa

Nice job on an interesting piece. If you want to follow the money there to campaign financing, you might see what you have on Andy Stern from the original article.


20 posted on 06/05/2012 12:09:28 PM PDT by Fedora
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To: STARWISE

related to the same superPAC:

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/prioritiesusa/index


21 posted on 10/14/2012 10:43:29 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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