An influential coalition of America’s wealthiest Democrat donors is considering providing money and support to new activist groups that have recently emerged to challenge President Trump and his agenda.
The Democracy Alliance will hold a private meeting in Washington this week during which organizers of January’s Women’s March on Washington and leaders of Indivisible, one of the groups at the forefront of anti-Trump initiatives, will make presentations.
Gara LaMarche, the president of Democracy Alliance said that he has already worked to connect alliance contributors to Indivisible. Led by former Democratic congressional aides, the group developed a how-to manual “for resisting the Trump agenda” that borrows from conservative Tea Party tactics and instigates demonstrations of opposition at congressional town hall meetings.
Organizers claim that more than 5,500 local groups are using the guide to assist in protests against Trump administration policies.
“Everybody is impressed by what’s come up in a grass roots sense and doing what we can to support that and connect that up to a larger infrastructure,” LaMarche told USA Today.
The alliance, backed by billionaire financier George Soros, is also considering creating a pool of money that can be used for “rapid response” work by other liberal groups on a variety of issues.
In a recent Fox News interview, White House spokesman Sean Spicer called the disruptive liberal activism at congressional town halls a “very paid, AstroTurf-type movement.” President Trump tweeted that many of the “so-called angry crowds” confronting Republicans were “planned out by liberal activists.”
The so-called angry crowds in home districts of some Republicans are actually, in numerous cases, planned out by liberal activists. Sad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 21, 2017
Ezra Levin, a former congressional aide who co-founded Indivisible with his wife, Leah Greenberg, and other ex-Capitol Hill staffers, claimed that the group is “very much led on the ground” and not influenced by any one donor or group.
According to Levin, the group has received more than 10,000 donations totaling more than $500,000 since last January through ActBlue, which raises funds for liberal candidates and causes. Levin asserts that the group wants to continue to raise money from a broad base while it looks to groups such as the Democracy Alliance for additional funds.
“We’re certainly not looking for anybody to own it by providing, like, some kind of enormous amount,” he said. “That’s not our model.”
“If the Democracy Alliance and other folks in this space … are interested in supporting a broad movement that is fundamentally led at the ground level,” he added, “we think the movement needs their support.”
H/T: USA Today
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