Democracy Alliance Pledges to Keep Donors Secret

The Mandarin Oriental Hotel, the site of the Democracy Alliance donor conference in November / Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group

A shadowy club of ultra-rich liberal donors assured contributors at a recent closed-door meeting that it will not disclose their involvement if they wish it to remain secret.

The Democracy Alliance says opacity in political funding and the influence of “big money” is corrosive to the democratic process, but the group currently discloses nothing about the hundreds of millions of dollars it steers to leading liberal and Democratic organizations.

Democracy Alliance State Spending Plans Revealed

Lobby of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C., where Democracy Alliance members are meeting this week

A secretive club of wealthy liberal donors met this week to plan the disbursement of tens of millions of dollars into state political campaigns and to discuss how they can circumvent legal restrictions on political coordination to elect Democratic candidates at the state level.

Through behind-the-scenes collaboration and a budget that those involved hope will reach nine figures, the Democracy Alliance, a massive network of high-dollar Democratic donors, hopes to turn the tide of recent Republican gains in state legislatures and governorships.