George Soros, the billionaire financier who creates financial crisis for fun and profit, is also a socialist and ardent supporter of the Democratic Party. People’s Pundit Daily has learned that Soros has pitched in $2.5 million to help Democratic groups data mine American voters.
In an effort to change the expected outcome of the 2014 election, which is widely believed to be a favorable political environment for the Republican Party, Soros is backing Democratic PACs that hope to recreate a GOTV organization that propelled President Obama to reelection. President Obama’s campaign spent tens of millions of dollars in 2012 data mining voters to identify supporters, then targeted and made sure they got to the polls.
But George Soros and the Democratic groups he is supporting aren’t trusting in President Obama these days, and they hoping to keep the fort as quiet as possible with little mention of Obama or George Soros.
The effort, which is thus far unnamed, is based at Catalist, the for-profit group founded in 2006 by Harold Ickes, the a former aide to Hillary Clinton, and other leftists.
The battle plan for the initiative was laid out this week at a Washington conference of the Democracy Alliance, which is nothing but a collaboration of America’s elite leftist donors.The group decides when and where to steer money through various advocacy groups, who then direct ground organizational efforts. George Soros and other elitist were in the effort at Catalist from the beginning, and many of the groups funded by the alliance now purchase their data from the group.
On Thursday, extreme leftist at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel rubbed elbows with rising and established radical Democratic stars. The voters in Texas may be interested to know that Wendy Davis, the Democratic candidate for the Texas governor’s race, was eagerly in attendance.
Even more radical leftists, such as freshman Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who has recently been circulated as a possible challenger to Hillary Clinton and is being urged by some supporters to run to her left, gave a speech supporting the new agenda to “remake the judicial system.” She railed against Republican efforts to filibuster Mr. Obama’s judicial nominees, which the New York Times outrageously reported as a “drive to bring intellectual diversity to the federal bench,” and the elitist ate it up.
“She’s been a darling here since the first time she came,” said Rob McKay, the alliance’s chairman.
The president is attempting to appoint far, far left justices to the D.C. Court of Appeals, the second most-powerful court in the land, second only to the U.S. Supreme Court. George W. Bush attempted to appoint more moderate justices to those vacancies on a seat-by-seat basis rather than three at once, but hypocritically the Democratic minority in the Senate filibustered the nominees.
Another celebrated conference attendee is Gara LaMarche, the President and CEO of The Atlantic Philanthropies from April 2007 to June 2011, who will named the alliance’s new president. During his tenure at The Atlantic Philanthropies, LaMarche was responsible for a $25 million boon to advocacy groups who were dedicated to supporting health care reform between 2008-2010, when ObamaCare was rammed down the throats of the American people.
In an interview, Mr. LaMarche said the alliance aimed to expand its donor base and optimistically hoped to double donor contributions over the short-term.
It isn’t only the 2014 midterm elections or even national elections the Soros-backed group is targeting, however. Funding is being used for a significant new effort to entrench the collectivist, political machine’s infrastructure at the state level, a level where conservatives and Republicans have been implementing successful political and policy reforms.
“There is a lot of feeling in this room that the states are where the focus should be,” Mr. LaMarche said. Though LeMarche talks with a bit of innocence in his voice, the group was well aware of the Republican strategy post-2008 elections, when Ed Gillespie ingeniously convinced the Republican National Committee to focus on winning down-ticket races.
The group Catalist, which has made significant headway completely under the radar, has been acting as a data hub for labor unions nationwide, leftist advocacy groups, and now super PACs. They have been maintaining an already massive and ever-growing shared national voter file that is always being updated with both commercial and consumer related data.
Victories Catalist can tout their involvement with includes the Virginia governor race this month in Virginia, where McAuliffe barely eked out a win over Cuccinelli despite outspending him in the closing days by 10 to 1. But the successful campaign of soon-to-be Mayor Bill de Blasio in New York City, is the most disturbing accomplishment to-date. Virtually no attention was paid to the fact that de Blasio is an open socialist, a Sandinista sympathizer far to the left of anything Anthony Weiner could have dreamed up on his own.
Leftists are kicking up efforts, though George Soros has supported these efforts since the beginning, because the Republicans have been racing to narrow the technology gap currently enjoyed by Democrats.
In fact, chief executive of Catalist Laura Quinn, said in the interview that the prospect of the Democrats’ data advantage dwindling away was already weighing on her mind. Because the Obama campaign was translated into Organize for America, used to help push the president’s agenda, Democratic groups independent of the Obama people are afraid that Republicans can catch them absent that expertise.
“Jumping into the technology and data arena late is a recipe for failure,” said Laura Quinn. “We want to continue to be successful in building data infrastructure and staying ahead of Republicans and conservatives.”
But that may just be smoke and mirrors, a ploy to hopefully turn Republicans racing to close the gap complacent in their efforts. The electorate in 2014 will almost surely favor Republicans more than Democrats if the ObamaCare rollout remains a disaster and the president’s approval remains abysmal.
Catalist isn’t the only group on the left data mining in search of voters, but they are the only group backed by George Soros that we can confirm. And while the left isn’t the only player in the game, they are the only player with a president who has already proven he is ready and willing to pull the levers of government to suppress opposition to collectivist ideologies, i.e. IRS targeting Tea Party and conservative groups, tapping AP journalists, and naming James Rosen a co-conspirator to persuade a judge to violate the First and Fourth Amendments.
People’s Pundit Daily recently reported on the Obama administration taking the NSA spying to a whole new level. Programs are in place that could be used to mine significant amounts of data, which could then be used for the benefit of these leftist groups, including the especially extreme Catalist and their nationwide database.
Reince Priebus had the foresight following the 2012 election to direct the Republican National Committee to dedicate a substantial amount of energy and money into shrinking that technology deficit, including opening an office in Silicon Valley. The network of donors and advocacy groups are overseen by Charles and David Koch, conservative philanthropists and wealthy elites in their own respect, but at least they aren’t anti-American statists. The Republicans have leaned on a separate nonprofit group — unlike the leftist group that is for profit — called Themis.
As the Obama campaign twice pioneered, the goal of Catalist is to coordinate an effort by liberal groups to push beyond the traditional methods of winning elections and affecting politics, such as TV ads, direct and indirect mail solicitations and automated or “robo” calls, and into newer technologies and methods. The future, as shown by the Obama campaign, is in the use of social media, mobile devices and beyond.
Michael Vachon, a spokesman for Mr. Soros, said Mr. Soros’s interest in the project was obvious, with no underlaying motive. “The smart use of data and analytics is essential to winning the political and policy battles that are important to liberals,” Vachon said.
Anyone familiar with George Soros, even the liberal economist Paul Krugman, will shiver at the prospect. Paul Krugman once wrote of George Soros:
“[N]obody who has read a business magazine in the last few years can be unaware that these days there really are investors who not only move money in anticipation of a currency crisis, but actually do their best to trigger that crisis for fun and profit. These new actors on the scene do not yet have a standard name; my proposed term is ‘Soroi’.”