The butcher’s bill keeps growing for the American Economic Exchange Council. So far, 23 private sector clients have fled the left-wing pressure that is being mounted against the group in a concerted effort to drive them away from the political discussion. The left hates ALEC for their limited government, free market principles, and formulation of Voter ID legislation. They also have problems with the group crafting “Stand Your Ground” self-defense legislation. However, as the Washington Free Beacon reported today, ProgressNow is the largest group on the far left leading the crusade.
ProgressNow is a liberal leviathan. It was “founded in 2003 in Colorado, the organization has since expanded to include affiliate groups in 21 states. In the 2010 book, The Blueprint: How the Democrats won Colorado, and Why Republicans Everywhere Should Care, ProgressNow was described as the “crown jewel” of progressive donors’ efforts to flip the state. The umbrella organization promotes a variety of liberal causes, such as socialized healthcare and higher taxes on the wealthy. As of May 2012, the organization claims to have more than 2.5 million online members and plans to expand to 25 states. ProgressNow is part of a complex network of philanthropists and foundations that discretely funnel millions of dollars to progressive groups.”
Rob McKay, an Obama donor, and Ted Trimpa are both on the group’s board, as well as Democracy Alliance’s executive leadership, which was created in 2005 to fight the conservative movement after Democrats’ defeat in the 2004 elections. CJ Ciaramella of the Beacon wrote that “Democracy Alliance members pay annual dues starting at $15,000, which support the organization’s staff as well as its semi-annual conferences and cocktail parties. Members are also required to contribute a minimum $100,000 to non-profit groups vetted and recommended by Democracy Alliance staff. It is unclear which groups receive funding. Meetings are closed to the public, membership is invite-only, and organizations that receive Democracy Alliance donations are asked not to disclose the information. The Free Beacon reported earlier in the year about the Democracy Alliance’s closely guarded and lavish Miami conference.”
So it’s a “shadowy liberal organization” that has also received $460,000 from the Soros backed Tides Foundation. We must all do our part to curb these leftist who are prepping an all-out assault on the conservative political infrastructure . Currently, the campaign they’ve waged against ALEC has been successful. We need to curb this assault on free markets and limited government principles before it’s too late. ALEC is far from safe and if this siege continues, they will certainly crumble.