George Soros is scheduled to speak at the Democracy Alliance Summit this weekend. His scheduled appearance shows his apparent commitment to fighting against the presidency of Donald Trump. While Soros has been a major donor for the Democracy Alliance, he usually does not attend alliance meetings nor is he a part of everyday operations for the donor club.
The Democracy Alliance is gathering in Washington for a three-day summit behind closed doors to reassess the Democratic party’s direction after Donald Trump’s stunning election victory. The 100 member Democracy Alliance is a donor club founded by George Soros himself back in 2004. The Democratic mega-donor began the alliance to assist in electing then-presidential candidate John Kerry. The attempt to get the current secretary of state elected failed back in 2004, but the alliance persists.
It is expensive to join the DA. Members must donate at least $200,000 a year to the Democratic advocacy group of George Soros. There is also an annual $30,000 membership do that pays for the Democracy Alliance’s staff. The membership fee is also put toward meetings, like the one that will take place this weekend, complete with catered meals and a curated entertainment.
The money collected by the DA goes towards funding democratic political advocacy groups. The hope is that these political advocacy groups pull the Democratic Party to the left while simultaneously defending the Democratic Party from attacks on the right. The DA has reallocated $500 million from the donors to progressive political advocacy groups such as Media Matters and the Center for American Progress.
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The 100 people who make up the members of the DA are all Democratic mega-donors. The three-day summit will also include powerhouse democratic politicians such as Elizabeth Warren, Keith Ellison, and Nancy Pelosi. The event will be veritable Who’s Who on the left.
The three-day summit is a chance for Democratic leaders and donors to slow down, collect thoughts, and make a plan to thwart the authoritarian presidency of Donald Trump. Specifically, the DA plans to derail Trump’s plan for his first 100 days in office. There will also be talks about long-term resistance against the conservative president-elect.
Some on the left are concerned about how the summit looks. They believe that the DA is nothing more than a rich white person’s club. The summit gives these rich white people a chance to come together, party, and to ignore the needs of the American public. One Democratic operative said that the group cannot see the Democratic Party burning down around them.
But advocates for the DA argue that the Democratic Party does not need to change philosophies or strategy. They only need to come up with a candidate that will excite the voting public in order to drive up voter turnout in the key minority demographics. The Democratic Party sees minorities and women as a rising demographic that can win elections in the future.
No matter what comes out of the summit, the attendance of George Soros signals that the Democratic Party is serious about opposition to Trump.