The Democracy Alliance (DA) is a left-wing money funnel that does not collect donations. Instead, it solicits contributions from millionaires and billionaires and serves as a “pass through” between those donors and top liberal advocacy groups, including the Center for American Progress, Media Matters for America, and Democratic super PAC Priorities USA.
Among DA’s partners are top labor union bosses, financial and business leaders, and heirs to fortunes who have made names for themselves as high-dollar Democratic donors.
DA’s partners pledge to contribute at least $200,000 to any of the 172 groups that it strategically vets and recommends for financial support. It steered nearly $70 million to 153 of those groups in 2013.
Representatives of DA’s state-level partner organization, the Committee on States, briefed donors on its efforts at a closed-door session of DA’s biannual conference in 2014.Members identified by investigative reporter Lachlan Markay include:
Paul Boskind: CEO of Deer Oaks Mental Health Associates and a theater producer.
Larry Cohen: President of the Communications Workers of America.
Randi Weingarten: President of the American Federation of Teachers.
George Kohl: Senior director of the Communications Workers of America.
Michelle Ringuette: Assistant to the president of the American Federation of Teachers.
Amy Goldman: Author, horticulturalist, and daughter of the late New York City real estate magnate Sol Goldman.
Adam Abram: Founder of James River Group, chairman of Franklin Holdings, chairman of Piedmont Community Bank Holdings, former president of Adaron Group.
Noel Beasley: President of Workers United, vice president of the Service Employees International Union, chairman of Amalgamated Bank.
Keith Mestrich: President of Amalgamated Bank
Philip Munger: New School professor, son of Berkshire Hathaway Vice Chairman Charles Munger.
Colin Greer: President of the New World Foundation.
Heeten Kalan: Senior program officer at the New World Foundation.
Rick Segal: CEO of Seavest, Inc.
Ryan Smith: Unknown. It was originally reported that Smith was the CEO of Qualtrics, but that is not the case.
Henry van Ameringen: President of the Van Ameringen Foundation, son of Arnold Louis van Ameringen, founder of International Flavors and Fragrances.
Dirk Wiggins: Founder of Code for Progress, former director of targeting for Field Strategies, former outreach director for the Florida Democratic Party.