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Obama-Backed Group Appears at Democracy Alliance Donor Strategy Summit
freebeacon ^ | March 25, 2017 | Joe Schoffstall

Posted on 03/25/2017 8:01:06 AM PDT by MarvinStinson

Former president working with Eric Holder to focus on redistricting efforts

A group backed by former President Barack Obama participated at a D.C. gathering of deep-pocketed progressive donors strategizing to "restore progressive government" and to ensure fair redistricting in upcoming years.

The gathering, hosted by the dark money Democracy Alliance network, is part of the network's spring investment conference and national donor summit held in D.C to plot resistance against President Trump and Republicans.

The summit consists of numerous panels and discussions with key Democratic groups and players. Kelly Ward, the executive director of the Obama-linked National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC) and former executive director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), appeared on a panel Thursday to discuss how progressive groups are "aligning their national plans with one another and in partnership with state donor alliances" for 2021 redistricting efforts.

The NDRC is chaired by Eric Holder, Obama's former attorney general. Obama himself has taken an active role in leading the group.

"Republican gerrymandered districts after the 2010 Census have put Democrats at a massive structural disadvantage," the group's website states. "That’s why the most important turning point for the future of the Democratic Party will take place in 2021: when states redraw their Congressional and state legislative lines."

The group's redistricting strategy carries electoral, legal, and ballot initiative components. It will focus on winning state elections that impact redistricting by coordinating with the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, a national committee that provides financial support to Democratic leaders on the state level, and the Democratic Governors Association, a group dedicated to electing liberal governors across the country. The NDRC will throw its support behind down-ballot races that could alter redistricting.

Greg Speed, who also sits on the board of the NDRC, led the panel discussion featuring Ward. Others on the panel included Guy Cecil, president of Priorities USA Action, a large progressive advocacy organization backed by millions of dollars from George Soros, and Nick Rathod, the executive director of the State Innovation Exchange, a nonprofit that supports state legislators who push progressive policy agendas.

Before leaving the White House, Obama held a strategy meeting with Democratic leaders to discuss the party's primary goals in the years to come. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.), Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.), and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D.) attended the session, according to the New York Times.

The group's leaders identified breaking up Republican congressional control as a central goal for the Democratic Party, and Obama said it would be one of his main focuses once he left the presidency.

Holder, a close friend of Obama's, later announced his intent to chair the NDRC.

To Obama, the goal is personal. Holder described it as resentment the president holds towards Republican lawmakers for breaking up the Democrat supermajority in Congress and pushing back against his policies.

"The tasks that he had placed before him were made a lot more difficult, progress a lot more difficult, than it needed to be," Holder said. "That's because of the Congress that he had to deal with, which was a function of the 2010 redistricting effort."

Others on the board include Elisabeth Pearson, the executive director of the Democratic Governors Association, Jessica Post, the executive director of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, and Ali Lapp, the executive director of the House Majority PAC, a Nancy Pelosi-backed Super PAC that pours tens of millions of dollars into elections to help Democrats. Former Rep. Mark Schauer (D., Mich.) acts as a senior adviser to the group.

Holder, Pelosi, and McAuliffe recently began fundraising efforts for the NRDC with events in San Francisco and Los Angeles. The events drew top Democratic donors from California. Obama did not attend, according to reports.

The NDRC did not return a request for comment on its relationship with the Democracy Alliance by press time.

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1 posted on 03/25/2017 8:01:06 AM PDT by MarvinStinson
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To: MarvinStinson

They want more Benghazis.

2 posted on 03/25/2017 8:02:44 AM PDT by MarvinStinson
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To: MarvinStinson

The ole COMMIE LAWBREAKERS crawling out of the gutter to attack America in every was they can to regain POWER AND CONTROL. Send them to Venezuela.

3 posted on 03/25/2017 8:05:02 AM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: MarvinStinson

yesterdays renewal of obamacare is our Benghazi!

4 posted on 03/25/2017 8:09:03 AM PDT by The_Republic_Of_Maine (politicians beware)
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To: All
More than money....the Dumbos need VOTES to achieve this wet dream of theirs....ain't gonna happen.


DNC Dumbocrat Perez made political history when he suggested if more people didn't become Democrats, he would sue Trump....ROTFLOL.


THIS JUST IN---Despite heavy investments, Democrats Flip Zero Seats in Four Recent Blue State Special Elections

This latest Democrat humiliation occurred after Perez bragged Democrats would show that their resistance to Trump could be translated into electoral victories. To add insult to injury, the Minnesota, Connecticut, Virginia Democrat losses are the states Hillary (cough) "won" in the 2016 presidential election.


Perez needs to smoke something stronger.....just look at the numbers.

HAT TIP VENDOME---23 Dems, 2 indies and 8 Republican seats are up in 2018. The math is improbable, as in not even possible for Dems to make a gain. At least 10 of those seats are very much in jeopardy.

The Dem are going to lose bigly and then the census favors the Republicans in 2020.

Trump for 8 years and with a Republican majority...then Pence for eight years. If you force the nuclear option just once, that becomes the standard for the next 8 years. We will get 4 more bites of the apple on SCOTUS, ensuring wins on almost any issue for the next 16 years of elections and 100 years in the courts.

5 posted on 03/25/2017 8:10:25 AM PDT by Liz ( w W)
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To: Liz

Never the less, they won the popular vote and being the crooks they are will maneuver with dirty tricks to get their power back.

Democrats are very devious and criminal at heart and must be destroyed at the root.

6 posted on 03/25/2017 8:13:04 AM PDT by bert (K.E.; N.P.; GOPc;WASP .... Hillary is Ameritrash, pass it on)
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To: MarvinStinson

Republicans must go on the offense. If we go on defense it becomes a matter of minimizing our losses.

A good offense is the best defense. Only the team holding the ball can score.

1) The 2010 Census should ask “Is anyone in the household pregnant?” If the answer is ‘Yes’ the next question is “Is the pregnant woman carrying a baby? or just a piece of tissue not yet a baby?”

If the answer is “Baby” then the baby is counted as a person. If the answer is “just a piece of tissue” then no baby is counted.

This is totally Pro-Choice. It is whatever you say it is.

This offense drives the phone Pro-Choice Democrats crazy. They will react in crazy ways that discredit them. It uses their argument against them.

This offense increases the population count for our side.

This offense push-polls the pro-life issue with the biggest poll ever conducted in the USA.

Trump has 100% control of the 2020 Census. Trump’s Secretary of Commerce should have people planning the Census in detail so that the taking of the Census is done professionally and with utmost accuracy.

Other questions and methodology on both the big Census, and on all the smaller Census done by both the Dept of Commerce, Dept of Labor and others should be re-examined, not because of Democrats or deep state necessarily. They should be re-examined because what was relevant to ask in the past may not be relevant in 2020.

But the main point is:

Play offense. You can only score if you have the ball.

7 posted on 03/25/2017 8:20:41 AM PDT by spintreebob
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To: MarvinStinson

Dumbass democrats drew most of the districts.

Democrats have controlled DC and state governments for the majority of the last several decades and most the districts were drawn up when demos were in power. They wanted to assure their candidates were elected so they doubled down on minority areas. It guess it’s the fault of others that they’re stupid.

8 posted on 03/25/2017 8:34:03 AM PDT by boycott
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To: spintreebob

ELECTORAL VOTES GO ON POPULATion determined by the census, illegal people

or not. Deporting from the heavy DEM states is critical to keeping their EV count

lower with less impact. If we clean up the red states only, it gives the Dems

more clout in the EV.

This means census fraud is to be strangled.

9 posted on 03/25/2017 8:42:30 AM PDT by Surrounded_too
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To: Surrounded_too

Yes, there are many things to consider in the Census.
Trump’s Sec of Commerce must immediately start planning for it. Must immediately start building a competent team.

Not everyone can build a competent team. It takes a special skill and experience.

10 posted on 03/25/2017 9:03:17 AM PDT by spintreebob
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To: MarvinStinson

Holder described it as resentment the president holds towards Republican lawmakers for breaking up the Democrat super majority in Congress.

Proof they think they own the voting booth not the people democrats have no + actions only -.

11 posted on 03/25/2017 10:19:32 AM PDT by Vaduz (women and children to be impacted the most.)
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To: spintreebob

The “objective redefining districts” has already started in Michigan.

12 posted on 03/25/2017 11:54:44 AM PDT by NookTuuk
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To: spintreebob

Census bump...remind your congresscritters

13 posted on 12/17/2017 5:16:43 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: Liz
It will focus on winning state elections that impact redistricting

State Rep, State Sen, Governor. They are going to play offense and win strategically in 2018 to build for 2020 and redistricting.

We have the choice of playing offense or defense. In 2016 Trump played offense and seized territory that the Dems thought they owned...PA, MI, WI, almost MN.

In 2018 do we continue the Trump style offense, which means either again catching the Dems by surprise, or forcing them to defend what they (think) they have? Or do focus on defense and protect what we have.?

Obviously it will be a mix. But how will the mix look?

14 posted on 12/18/2017 10:43:21 AM PST by spintreebob
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To: spintreebob
Dems will focus on winning state elections that impact redistricting.........State Rep, State
Sen, offense and win strategically in 2018 to build for 2020 and redistricting.

Yeah....well....Hillary was a sure thing, too.

Man proposes....God disposes.

15 posted on 12/18/2017 3:21:01 PM PST by Liz (One side in this conflict has 8 Trillion bullets; the other side doesnt know which bathroom to use.d)
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