Barack Obama & The Socialist “New Party”

Barack Obama not only has ties to Socialist Organizations, apparently he signed a contract with one as well. First lets identify one of these Socialist Organizations, the “New Party”

From Discover The Networks:

Co-founded in 1992 by Daniel Cantor (a former staffer for Jesse Jackson‘s 1988 presidential campaign) and Joel Rogers (a sociology and law professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison), the New Party was a Marxist political coalition whose objective was to endorse and elect leftist public officials — most often Democrats. The New Party’s short-term objective was to move the Democratic Party leftward, thereby setting the stage for the eventual rise of new Marxist third party.

Most New Party members hailed from the Democratic Socialists of America and the militant organization ACORN. The party’s Chicago chapter also included a large contingent from the Committees of Correspondence, a Marxist coalition of former Maoists, Trotskyists, and Communist Party USA members.

The New Party’s modus operandi included the political strategy of “electoral fusion,” where it would nominate, for various political offices, candidates from other parties (usually Democrats), thereby enabling each of those candidates to occupy more than one ballot line in the voting booth. By so doing, the New Party often was able to influence candidates’ platforms. (Fusion of this type is permitted in seven states — Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Mississippi, New York, South Carolina, and Vermont — but is common only in New York.)

Now that we understand that this group is indeed a Socialist Organization let’s look at their connections to Barack Obama. According to “The Progressive Populist” Obama was a Member of the New Party. The Progressive Populist describes itself as:

THE PROGRESSIVE POPULIST, a newspaper that believes people are more important than corporations, premiered in November 1995 as a monthly tabloid publication based in Storm Lake, Iowa, with editorial offices in Austin, Texas.

The Progressive Populist reports from the heartland of America on issues of interest to workers, small-business owners and family farmers and ranchers. It serves as “The People’s Voice in a Corporate World.”

We fight efforts by the Republicans, with the complicity of conservative Democrats, to enact the Contract on America that would roll back nearly every progressive advance since the days of Teddy Roosevelt.

And we resist attempts to amend or ignore the Bill of Rights, which we consider to be the greatest accomplishment of the American democracy.

The Progressive Populist is not a Democratic Party organ; we support progressive Democrats, progressive independent and third-party candidates who promote progressive democracy and, if any progressive Republicans show themselves, we will give them a hearing.

So it’s pretty clear anything they do is not to support the Right Wing in any way. Within an editorial published in November of 1996 titled, “Editorial The Next Campaign” they made the following statement:

New Party members and supported candidates won 16 of 23 races, including an at-large race for the Little Rock, Ark., City Council, a seat on the county board for Little Rock and the school board for Prince George’s County, Md. Chicago is sending the first New Party member to Congress, as Danny Davis, who ran as a Democrat, won an overwhelming 85% victory. New Party member Barack Obama was uncontested for a State Senate seat from Chicago.

So according to a Progressive Newspaper Obama was a member of the socialist New Party, This prompted me to look up every tie I could, and I found quite a few. I began digging through Issues of “New Ground” Which is published by “Chicago Democratic Socialists of America“. Here are some back issues and excerpts.

New Ground 42, September – October 1995

Chicago New Party Update

About 50 activists attended the Chicago New Party membership meeting in July. The purpose of the meeting was to update members on local activities and to hear appeals for NP support from four potential political candidates. The NP is being very active in organization building and politics. There are 300 members in Chicago. In order to build an organizational and financial base the NP is sponsoring house parties. Locally it has been successful both fiscally and in building a grassroots base. Nationwide it has resulted in 1000 people committed to monthly contributions. The NP’s political strategy is to support progressive candidates in elections only if they have a concrete chance to “win”. This has resulted in a winning ratio of 77 of 110 elections. Candidates must be approved via a NP political committee. Once approved, candidates must sign a contract with the NP. The contract mandates that they must have a visible and active relationship with the NP.

The political entourage included Alderman Michael Chandler, William Delgado, chief of staff for State Rep Miguel del Valle, and spokespersons for State Sen. Alice Palmer, Sonya Sanchez, chief of staff for State Sen. Jesse Garcia, who is running for State Rep in Garcia’s District; and Barack Obama, chief of staff for State Sen. Alice Palmer. Obama is running for Palmer’s vacant seat.

So he attended a membership meeting and had to sign a contract, Hmmm. Thiss next issue of New ground shows he got the Endorsement.

New Ground 45 March – April 1996

Chicago DSA Endorsements in the March 19th Primary Election

Barak Obama

Barak Obama is running to gain the Democratic ballot line for Illinois Senate 13th District. The 13th District is Alice Palmer’s old district, encompassing parts of Hyde Park and South Shore.

Mr. Obama graduated from Columbia University and promptly went into community organizing for the Developing Communities Project in Roseland and Altgeld Gardens on the far south side of Chicago. He went on to Harvard University, where he was editor of the Harvard Law Review. He graduated with a law degree. In 1992, he was Director of Illinois Project Vote, a voter registration campaign that made Carol Moseley Braun’s election to the U.S. Senate much easier than it would have been. At present, he practices law in Judson Miner’s law firm and is President of the board of the Annenberg Challenge Grant which is distributing some $50 million in grants to public school reform efforts.

What best characterizes Barak Obama is a quote from an article in Illinois Issues, a retrospective look at his experience as a community organizer while he was completing his degree at Harvard:

“… community organizations and organizers are hampered by their own dogmas about the style and substance of organizing. Most practice … a ‘consumer advocacy’ approach, with a focus on wrestling services and resources from outside powers that be. Few are thinking of harnessing the internal productive capacities, both in terms of money and people, that already exist in communities.” (Illinois issues, September, 1988)

Luckily, Mr. Obama does not have any opposition in the primary. His opponents have all dropped out or were ruled off the ballot. But if you would like to contribute to his campaign, make the check payable to Friends of Barak Obama.

That’s a clear endorsement. Here’s the following issue.

New Grounds 47 July – August 1996

New Party Update

The Chicago New Party is increasely becoming a viable political organization that can make a different in Chicago politics. It is crucial for a political organization to have a solid infrastructure and visible results in its political program. The New Party has continued to solidify this base.

First, in relation to its infrastructure, the NP’s membership has increased since January ’95 from 225 to 440. National membership has increased from 5700 in December ’95 to 7000. Currently the NP’s fiscal balance is $7,000 and receives an average of $450/month is sustainer donations.

Secondly, the NP’s ’96 Political Program has been enormously successful with 3 of 4 endorsed candidates winning electoral primaries. All four candidates attended the NP membership meeting on April 11th to express their gratitude. Danny Davis, winner in the 7th Congressional District, invited NPers to join his Campaign Steering Committee. Patricia Martin, who won the race for Judge in 7th Subcircuit Court, explained that due to the NP she was able to network and get experienced advice from progressives like Davis. Barack Obama, victor in the 13th State Senate District, encouraged NPers to join in his task forces on Voter Education and Voter Registration. The lone loser was Willie Delgado, in the 3rd Illinois House District. Although Delgado received 45% of the vote, he lost by only 800 votes. Delgado commented that it was due to the NP volunteers that he carried the 32nd Ward. Delgado emphasized that he will remain a visible community activist in Humbolt Park. He will conduct four Immigration workshops and encouraged NP activists to get involved.

This one confirms the endorsement and Obama’s personal involvement with the New Party.

The website “NewZeal.Blogspot.com” has actually uncovered “New Party News” newsletters proclaiming Obama’s membership and more including a photo of him posing with New party members.

Obama File 41 Obama Was a New Party Member-Documentary Evidence

Below are scans from New Party News Spring 1996.

They prove that Barack Obama was a member of the Illinois New Party and was endorsed by them in his 1996 Illinois State Senate race.

Front page-scanned from a photocopy

Front page close up-scanned from a photocopy

Front page ultra close up-scanned from a photocopy

Note that the text refers to Barack Obama as a New Party member, while Willie Delgado is only “NP endorsed

The New Party clearly drew a distinction. Obama was on on the wrong side of the dividing line.

Page 2, scanned from a photocopy.

Page 2 closeup-scanned from the original.

The New Party ceased to be active after 1998 but Socialist support of Barack Obama did not stop then.

New Ground 69 March – April 2000

Chicago DSA Recommendations for the March Primary Election

At the tail end of the December CDSA membership meeting, we decided not to endorse any candidates in the Illinois primary elections but instead the Executive Committee would make recommendations about candidates with which members and friends could do as they please – as if they would do any differently in any case.

For the most part, it was not a terribly difficult task, one made easier because a great many good incumbents face no opposition or token opposition. Willie Delgado, Julie Hamos, Jessie Jackson Jr, Luis Gutierrez, Jan Schakowsky and Danny Davis, for example, will all have easy nominations being essentially unopposed. At the February Executive Committee meeting, we voted the following recommendations:

For Congressman of the 1st Congressional District, the Executive Committee was faced with two very good candidates. As we are not making endorsements but merely recommendations, we felt no conflict in recommending both Bobby Rush and Barak Obama.

Barak Obama is serving only his second term in the Illinois State Senate so he might be fairly charged with ambition, but the same might have be said of Bobby Rush when he ran against Congressman Charles Hayes. Obama also has put in time at the grass roots, working for five years as a community organizer in Harlem and in Chicago. When Obama participated in a 1996 UofC YDS Townhall Meeting on Economic Insecurity, much of what he had to say was well within the mainstream of European social democracy.

What’s that? Obama participated at a YDS (Young Democratic Socialists) townhall meeting in 1996? He sure did.

From Google Groups Chi.Politics

Town Meeting on Economic Insecurity on the South Side

The Democratic Socialists of America Present
The First Chicago Town Meeting on Economic Insecurity

a discussion of policy, problems, and possibilities


Director, Center for the Study of Urban Inequality at the University
of Chicago

Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago

Candidate, State Senate, 13th Legislative District

4th Ward Alderman

Professor of Political Science, Temple University

Ida Noyes Hall, Cloyster Club
1313 E. 59th Street, Chicago

Sponsored by:
*University of Chicago Democrats
*Chicago Democratic Socialists of America
*University of Chicago Democratic Socialists of America

For more information call:

University of Chicago Democratic Socialists

Doesn’t get much clearer than that folks. Here’s a few videos if your eyes hurt from all the reading.


Here’s The O’Reilly Factor reviewing one of Obama’s radio interviews about “Redistribution of Wealth” with Newt Gingrich


And the Obama Defense

Yes, Obama was an active member of the socialist New Party. Yes Obama accepted their campaign endorsement, yes Obama has Socialist Dreams and seeks to implement them.

Woe to the Republic

HatTip to TexasFred 🙂

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