Grimes Attended Secret Meeting With Anti-Coal Billionaires

October 13, 2014
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Hush-Hush Confab Featured Powerful Left-Wing Activists And Break-Out Sessions About ‘Putting Climate Change At The Forefront’

LEXINGTON – Team Mitch today released the following background information on Alison Lundergan Grimes’ attending the secret liberal Democracy Alliance meeting with anti-coal billionaires Tom Steyer and Jonathan Soros. 

In April 2014, Grimes Attended The Liberal Donor Democracy Alliance Meeting In Chicago That Featured Donors Such As Tom Steyer And Jonathan Soros. “Some of the country's biggest Democratic donors -- including Tom Steyer and Jonathan Soros -- are huddling behind closed doors next week in Chicago with union bigwigs and progressive superstars like Bill de Blasio to plan how to pull their party -- and the country -- to the left. The setting is the annual spring meeting of the Democracy Alliance, a secretive club of wealthy liberals that's the closest thing the left has to the vaunted Koch brothers' political network. … The Spring Investment Conference will feature a number of Clinton allies and others associated with the centrist wing -- including Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Kentucky Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes and Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett.” (Ken Vogel, “The Left’s Secret Club,” Politico, 4/24/14) 

  • At The Meeting, Steyer Hosted A Session Called “Putting Climate Change At The Forefront Of American Politics.” “Steyer, the San Francisco hedge fund billionaire trying to raise money for a planned $100-million midterm spending spree on behalf of environmentally minded candidates, is hosting a session called ‘Putting Climate Change at the Forefront of American Politics,’ and is expected to hold one-on-one meetings to solicit checks from interested DA partners.” (Ken Vogel, “The Left’s Secret Club,” Politico, 4/24/14) 

In Chicago, Grimes “Ignored Questions About Whether Democrats Are Hypocritical On Big Money As They Walked Between A Bank Of Elevators In The Lobby And A Promenade Leading To The Rooms Hosting The DA Panels And Speeches.” “Few donors or participants spoke to POLITICO on the record. Top Obama White House aide Valerie Jarrett, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes all ignored questions about whether Democrats are hypocritical on big money as they walked between a bank of elevators in the lobby and a promenade leading to the rooms hosting the DA panels and speeches. … When Grimes, following a closed-door meet-and-greet with major donors Tuesday, was asked about liberal efforts to vilify the Kochs and other major conservative donors, she said, ‘I sure appreciate your time. You have to go through our communications department,’ then stepped into an elevator and stood behind an aide. Communications staffers for de Blasio and Grimes did not respond to subsequent requests for comment.” (Ken Vogel, “Big Donor Secrecy: ‘Irony, But It’s Not Hypocrisy,’” Politico, 4/30/14)

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