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Secretive Democratic Donors Flex Political Muscle in South Florida

MIAMI HERALD

"A secretive network of Democratic boosters intent on shifting Florida’s politics from right to left has set its sights this election season on South Florida, where years of groundwork have helped create conditions that left several Republican incumbents vulnerable.

Through affiliated nonprofits and political committees, the Florida Alliance has spent more than $1 million this summer backing liberal causes and blasting Republicans, particularly those in districts painfully redrawn this year to be more competitive. Nowhere have these efforts been more evident than in Miami-Dade County, home to several of the Alliance’s biggest donors and swing races where its actions could sway the vote."


State Senate Races Dividing Key Democratic Donor Groups

POLITICO

“Several Win Florida board members have recently left the group, including Jeff Wright, public policy director for the Florida Education Association, the state’s largest teachers union; Neal Roth, a prominent state trial attorney and Democratic donor; and Alphonso Mayfield, president of the Service Employees International Union of Florida (SEIU), which has 19,000 members, according to filings with the Florida Department of State.”


Wealthy Liberal Donors in Florida Bypass Party, Fuel Covert Machine

POLITICO

“It's unclear how much the Alliance raises or exactly how it spends its money. Much of the money runs through a network of 501(c)(4) nonprofit organizations, which are informally called “dark money” groups because they don’t have to disclose their donors. They have become popular vehicles for groups across the ideological spectrum to fund political and advocacy operations. The tax-exempt groups can take part in political activity as long as it represents less than 50 percent of overall spending.”


Miami's Christopher Findlater, the Democrats' Mini-Koch

SUNSHINE STATE NEWS

“Findlater is a hypocrite, loudly decrying campaign big-spending, while spending big, bigger and biggest himself. He gives an average $312,000 per year to left-wing candidates and a shadowy advocacy group called the Democracy Alliance.”


Christopher Findlater: Florida Millionaire and Democracy Alliance Member Decries Big Spending While Spending Big

THE WASHINGTON FREE BEACON

“Findlater is also a member of the elite, secretive, invitation-only Democracy Alliance, according to documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. Full Alliance members are required to contribute at least $200,000 per year as membership dues and contributions to allied organizations. Findlater blasted that type of shadowy behavior in a 2009 letter mailed to Democratic congressmen. He joined 57 other wealthy liberal donors to plead with the lawmakers to pass the Fair Elections Now Act, which would have imposed stricter limits on giving.”