GOP Donors and K Street FUEL Third Way’s ADVICE for the Democratic Party

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      GOP Donors and K Street FUEL Third Way’s ADVICE for the Democratic Party


      “…The Democratic think tank Third Way relies on money from corporate interests, lobbyists and Republican donors….”


      “…Third Way, a centrist think tank that portrays itself as a Democratic group, has some advice for the party: avoid economic populism at all costs. In a column for The Wall Street Journal today, the group argues that the party should steer clear of creating a strong safety net, and criticizes Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s call for universal pre-K funded through an upper-income tax increase as a foolhardy idea for national Democrats….”


      “…Buried inside the annual report for Third Way is a revelation that the group relies on a peculiar DC consulting firm to raise half a million a year: Peck, Madigan, Jones & Stewart. Peck Madigan is no ordinary nonprofit buckraiser. The group is, in fact, a corporate lobbying firm that represents Deutsche Bank, Intel, the Business Roundtable, Amgen, AT&T, the International Swaps & Derivatives Association, MasterCard, New York Life Insurance, PhRMA and the US Chamber of Commerce, among others. The two organizations complement each other well. Peck Madigan signs as a lobbyist for the government of New Zealand on the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal; Third Way aggressively promotesthe deal. Peck Madigan clients push for entitlement cuts, and so does Third Way….”


      “…Notice that Humana, a major health insurance company, lists its $50,000 donation to Third Way not as a donation to a think tank but as part of its yearly budget spent on lobbying activity, up there with the Florida Chamber and other trade associations. The company views financial gifts to Third Way as part of its strategy for increasing its profit-making political influence. What’s more, Third Way’s leadership has tenuous connections to the Democratic Party it hopes to shape. Daniel Loeb, a hedge fund manager listed as a trustee on Third Way’s 2012 annual disclosure, bundled $556,031 for Mitt Romney last year. Third Way board memberDerek Kaufman, another hedge fund executive, also gave to Romney….”


      ”…There is a long and storied tradition of corporate, right-wing interests seeking to shape the economic policies of the Democratic Party. The DLC, another Third Way–style group that folded in 2011, was funded by none other than Koch Industries. Richard Fink, a strategist to the Koch brothers who helped found what is now known as Americans for Prosperity, was on the DLC’s board. Washington’s Big Business–friendly press has greeted the Third Way column as a “game changer.” But these arguments aren’t new, and neither are the strategies. Large corporations have many ways of finding useful surrogates, and Third Way is a prime example…”



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    • #6544
      Cold Mountain Trail
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    • #6550
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      ….a piping hot plate of steam-fried Beto sh*t……… 

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    • #6557
      David the Gnome
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      Bernie scared them.  They underestimated him massively – as his campaign funding grew, they got pretty nervous.  Plenty of genuine third way followers at SV, too.  No secret that the Clinton’s were/are part of it.

      Any politician – hell, any human being who follows their moronic “policies” (they cannot rightly be called either principles or philosophies) is generally someone who financially benefits from it.  IOW – not the general population.  Small group, but they have immense wealth, power and influence.

    • #6559
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      What is the purpose of society?

      Is the purpose of society to nurture and support its citizens or is the purpose of society to make millionaires and billionaires wealthier?

      “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
      - John F. Kennedy

      "The further a society drifts from the truth the more it will hate those who speak it."
      - George Orwell

      "It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."
      - Jiddu Krishnamurti

      "Sometimes a pessimist is only an optimist with extra information."
      - Idries Shah

      "A riot is the language of the unheard."
      - Martin Luther King

    • #6605
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      Why would the Democratic Party invite the influence of Republicans anyway?

      This is our problem. Our problem is Republicans in control of the Democratic Party.

      I would like to remind you that U.S. health insurance companies do not contribute anything to health care. They are only a PARASITIC middle man receiving an undeserved cut of "FREE MONEY".


    • #6622
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      for the blue no matter who.  Fork, even voting for a blue is iffy.  The “Democratic Party” is a brand name private corporation, and now stands for nothing except profit.  It may as well go ahead and issue stock and be listed on the stock exchange. I am done with it, and it is certainly not a lesser evil.

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      “Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.”
      ~Samuel Clemens

    • #6690
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      I think it a better question than the one I have asked over the years; “Isn’t our democracy more important than:(fill in the blank)”

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