But it’s really more of the same Marxist agitation and propaganda about such issues as “inequality.”
“CWA is working to build a movement of progressive organizations to win progressive changes,” the CWA website says. “A founder of The Democracy Initiative, CWA works with labor and worker groups like Jobs with Justice, American Rights at Work, the AFL-CIO, and Change to Win, but also civil rights and consumer groups, such as the NAACP, Alliance for Justice, the Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Blue Green Alliance, and Common Cause.”
The endorsers of the Democracy Initiative are a who’s who of the political left.
One key to the group’s success is preventing the media, which they essentially control, from reporting on their plans.
But another factor is money.
CWA rails against “big money” in politics, but spends a lot of its members’ money on candidates for office through the CWA Political Action Fund.
Equally significant, Cohen is in bed politically with some of the “big money” he supposedly abhors.
The conservative Washington Free Beacon reports that Cohen is a “partner” of the Democracy Alliance, a group co-founded by billionaire hedge fund operator George Soros that funnels money to various liberal groups. Lachlan Markay of the Washington Free Beacon said Democracy Alliance “partners” are individuals who every year must pay $30,000 in dues and contribute at least $200,000 to the groups that DA supports. Markay reports that George Kohl, senior director of the Communications Workers of America, is also a partner of the Democracy Alliance.
Members of the Democracy Alliance, including Soros, have helped finance influential national liberal groups such as Media Matters for America.
So the CWA, through its Newspaper Guild affiliate, produces much of the material we see in the media–while Media Matters puts pressure on those in the media who attempt to bolt the Democratic Party line. It’s a strategy of pressure from above and below.
Gara LaMarche, President of the Democracy Alliance, previously served as Vice President and Director of U.S. Programs for the Soros-funded Open Society Foundations.
There’s no doubt that Soros, a convicted inside-trader, is calling the shots.
“Membership in the Alliance is by invitation-only,” the Democracy Alliance says. “We provide you [the big money liberal donor] with personalized products and services to help you navigate the progressive landscape and make the most of your philanthropy.”
But the “progressive landscape” also benefits from taxpayer dollars.
One of CWA’s coalition partners is CASA de Maryland, a taxpayer-funded entity described by writer Jim Simpson in an AIM special report as “the illegals’ ACORN.” On June 5, CASA de Maryland is hosting a “Justice Awards Night” fundraiser featuring Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, and Tefere Gebre, Executive Vice President of the AFL-CIO. The Master of Ceremonies is Erika Gonzalez, an anchor for NBC 4 in Washington, D.C.
“All proceeds from the event will benefit CASA’s services for immigrant families and its grassroots advocacy for social justice,” the group says.
Its CASA in Action affiliate claims more than 50,000 members and issues endorsements for political office, virtually all of them liberal Democrats. It is financially supported by the U.S. Department of Education; the U.S. Department of Labor; agencies of the Maryland State Government; and private liberal funders such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Open Society Foundation.
It seems the left has its own sources of “big money.” But don’t look for the CWA to expose that in the media.
This article originally appeared at AIM.org and is reprinted here with permission.
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