Does anybody know who funds "Bold Progressives"?
[Love the name. As if to be "progressive" somehow didn't require being courageous ("bold" being Versailles vernacular for the left end of the Overton Window).
Or possibly "bold" as opposed to being italic, say. "Italic progressive has a nice ring to it; maybe somebody with time on their hands could set up a parody site... *]
Anyhow, their website has all the marks of a D front organization, a Trojan Horse: the "Obama look," combining the Gotham font, blue, and gradients; no visible board; no explanation of funding.**
Now, danps reminds us that iffy organizations like Bold Progressives have their role to play, let's keep our eyes on the ball:
In the short term at least, and maybe beyond, DC (or national) groups might have a substantial role to play in state and local activism. The crucial piece of organizing that needs to happen right now is for the folks on the ground to develop enough native infrastructure to allow them to strike out on their own - perhaps with wobbly legs - and not be dependent on anything from On High.
So, if I were a non-D activist, and I encountered another activist who had bought into "Bold Progressives," I don't know if I'd share Corrente
cynicrealism at full strength; but I'd certainly feel free to mention that while I liked some aspects of their program, and it's always good to pull Obama to the left, I really would like to know who was funding them, and who was really making their decisions, so as to have some idea, when push really comes to shove in 2012, where they'd come down.
And the single payer fight in 2009* tells me that "Bold Progressives": (1) talk a good game; (2) don't want anybody else to talk any game they're not talking; (3) will betray working people and the poor in need of health care at the drop of a hat, or rather a funding dollar; and (4) aren't that savvy, since, after all, Obama had sold them out on their precious fake public option sparkle pony from the very beginning. (Either they didn't know, in which case they have no savvy; or they did and went on advocating for it anyhow without telling what they knew, in which case they're the scum of the earth. Which is it? Decisions, decisions...)
I mean, think about it. If you were, say, David Axelrod, and you saw authentic grassroots and non- or even anti-party grassroots movements springing up in the heartland, what would you do? Obviously, you'd keep the national leadership (Obama and so forth), well out of it, since that would interfere with the project of creating a government of national unity with the Rs, and that has happened: Obama hasn't lifted a well-manicured finger to help. But you would also use your own well-honed Astroturfing capacities to infiltrate, betray, and decapitate the authentic left, exactly as happened in 2008. In other words, a straight replay, right from the playbook. Not saying "Bold Progessives" are in that mode, but the complete lack of transparency is a huge honkin red flag.
NOTE * Although I notice, from both personnel (Jason Rosenbaum) and policies (public option) this is exactly the same crowd that censored and betrayed single payer advocacy in 2008, as their funders desired. So I guess that makes people like us "strike-through" progressives....
NOTE Here's what, and all, they say:
Paid for by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee PAC (BoldProgressives.org) and not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee. Contributions to the PCCC are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes.
PCCC, 1630 R Street, NW, #703, Washington, DC 20009
OK, so who are the funders and who is the board?