Biden Backers Launch $60 Million Secret Money Dem 'Strategy Center' for 2020

Group will work with other liberal orgs, try to counter conservative media

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April 30, 2019

A group of Democratic strategists that includes an individual who established a political action committee backing presidential candidate Joe Biden will lead a $60 million secret money "strategy center" for Democrats for the 2020 election cycle.

Future Majority, a Washington, D.C.-based strategy center that will work to "rebrand" the Democratic party, was launched with the intent of providing "strategic advice" to other liberal organizations, communications, and a "war room" to debunk "fake news" and "counter conservative social media," Politico reports.

The group will focus on midwestern states for the 2020 presidential election including Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, according to Mark Riddle, the executive director of Future Majority.

"It's no great secret that the presidential race will be won or lost in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio—if we can win back the narrative that the word ‘Democrat’ equals people who are fighting for folks who work hard every day, we can continue to win elections," Riddle said of the effort. "If [Democrats] get defined as being about socialism and these other words people can hear about out of Washington, then I worry."

Dan Sena, the executive director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for the 2018 elections, will act as an adviser for the group. Julianna Smoot, who was a deputy director on President Obama's 2012 reelection campaign, will also advise the nonprofit. The group has enlisted Democratic megadonors Philip Munger, son of Charles Munger, the vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, and Dan Tierney, who served as managing director of KCG Holdings, a global financial services company that was sold in 2017.

Future Majority will utilize PACs and is registered as a 501(c)(4) "dark money" nonprofit that does not have to disclose its donors. Actress Alyssa Milano was tapped by the group to help spread its content on social media sites, according to the report.

Despite Future Majority just now going public on its upcoming efforts for the 2020 elections, the group was incorporated more than a year ago in January 2018, according to its filings with the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.

Matthew Tompkins, a Democratic fundraiser, is listed as the group's governor in its D.C. records.

On April 24, Tompkins established a separate committee named Biden PAC despite PACs not being able to contain the name of candidates, Federal Election Commission filings show. The same day it was established, the PAC amended its statement of organization and changed its name to the G Street PAC while removing Tompkins as its treasurer. The PAC will work to gather tens of millions of dollars and seeks to create an activist network in all 50 states for the former vice president. It will eventually be named the For the People PAC, the Hill reported. Biden's campaign distanced itself from the efforts.

Future Majority's incorporator is marked as Cathedral Strategies LLC, which does not appear to have a website. However, Cathedral Strategies' own filings in D.C. show that the group was registered in 2013 by Brett Avery Seifried. The LLC's license is currently revoked, its filings show.

Riddle, Future Majority's executive director, Tompkins, its listed governor, and Seifried, who is linked to the group's incorporating LLC, are all tied to the New Leaders Council, a group that dubs itself as a "hub for progressive Millennial thought leadership" that recruits and trains individuals.

Riddle is the president, Tompkins is the vice president, and Seifried is general counsel to the New Leaders Council.

Future Majority did not provide a comment on its operations and the involved individuals by press time.

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