Among those who support the creation of a progressive infrastructure, there is heavy debate over whether to fund organizations closely aligned with the Democratic Party or those that operating outside it and pressuring it to move in a more progressive direction.
The groups dropped by the Democracy Alliance tend to be those that work outside the party’s structure. Groups with closer ties to the party, such as the Center for American Progress and Media Matters, retained their status with the Democracy Alliance as favored organizations.
The decision to drop certain groups was delivered to those affected last week. Among the ones axed are Robert Greenwald’s Brave New Foundation; the Civic Engagement Lab, which funds James Rucker’s Color of Change; Melanie Sloan’s Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (known as CREW); Third Way; the Center for Progressive Leadership; the Advancement Project; Democracia; Free Press and Simon Rosenberg’s NDN, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. Groups working on issues relating directly to people of color appear to be the most dramatically affected.
I'm sorry most of those groups are a joke. Third Way is a Joe Lieberman Group. A large number of Arab-Americans find Color of Change to be racist. Melanie Sloan is a joke. Robert Greenwald never stops kissing Barack's ass. Etc. The idea that these groups were dropped because they weren't close to the Dem part is laughable.
In other words, they weren't that left.
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