Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Secret Left Wing Summit in Miami

A secretive network of left-wing billionaires and their political operatives descended on the luxurious Biltmore Hotel in Miami over the weekend to discuss strategy for the coming elections, reports the Washington Free Beacon.

Reports the Beacon:
The conference was attended by the biggest names in liberal politics, including billionaire financier George Soros...

Andy Stern, the former president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and frequent White House visitor, lounged by the Biltmore’s “lagoon sized pool.”...

Ari Rabin-Havt, executive vice president of Media Matters for America (MMFA), was overheard speaking to colleagues about his plans for a new MMFA fellowship, and bragging about a phone call he had received from Stephanie Cutter, deputy campaign manager for the Obama re-election team....

The Center for American Progress (CAP), a liberal think tank with deep ties to the Obama administration, was also heavily represented. CAP president Neera Tanden joined former Rep. Tom Perriello (D., Va.), president and CEO of the CAP Action Fund, and Van Jones, a senior fellow and former White House green jobs adviser, among others...

Controversial former Rep. Alan Grayson (D., Fla.), who nicknamed his most recent opponent and current congressman Daniel Webster (R., Fla.) “Taliban Dan,” cracked jokes in the elevators...

Donald Sussman, a hedge-fund manager who invests in Chinese companies, is married to Rep. Chellie Pingree (D., Maine) and currently serves on the board of CAP [was there].

Another prominent hedge fund manager [present], Thomas E. Steyer of Farallon Capital Management, also sits on CAP’s board....

Other notable attendees include Cynthia Ryan, a principal at the investment firm Schooner Capital, who has bundled between $200,000 and $500,000 for Obama’s reelection campaign.

The SEIU’s Larry McNeil, identified as a long-time “Saul Alinski organizer” [sic] in one online biography, was there with his wife Anne Bartley, currently a trustee of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and a top contributor to the EMILY’s List Women Vote! PAC.

Sandor Straus, a prominent investment manager who has given at least $115,000 to Democratic candidates and liberal organizations this cycle, and Al Yates, the former Colorado State University president who played a pivotal role in the DA’s formation, were also in attendance.


  1. Replies
    1. Among other things, it's half-assed Dada.

  2. oh, so you're just a partisan hack, huh? I used to enjoy this blog too..

    1. This blog trashes/exposes the crony capitalist, rent seeking, warmongering, freedom hating left and right wing nuts equally. If this offends you, chances are you're one of them. Just saying...

    2. ok, but it's a blatantly slanted piece. I must be "one of them" because I come here for financial perspectives.

  3. Romney will be there tomorrow, too. Who needs Chantilly when this week its going down in Miami.

  4. You think this grand gathering of our financial overlords is deciding its time to Vote Obama off the island, let some other political hack do their bidding?

    Maybe they think a center-right-pro-business Romney will be good for their bottom-line?

  5. >>Donald Sussman, a hedge-fund manager who invests in Chinese companies

    Hedge funds are long/short, may or may not invest in China, may go long and/or short Chinese stocks. Does this statement mean he is Chinese agent or China-lover?