Democracy Partners already “has offices in eight cities including Washington, D.C., Chicago, Minneapolis, Las Vegas, Miami, San Francisco, San Diego, and Portland, Maine”–and, presumably, a budget running into many millions of dollars.
Creamer is not alone. His “partners” include Heather Booth, who founded the Midwest Academy, which Stanley Kurtz describes as “the hidden key to Barack Obama’s political career.”
Booth also founded Citizen Action, the left-wing organizing body that included Creamer’s Illinois Public Action Council (IPAC), which gave Rahm Emanuel and other Chicago “progressives” their start in politics before collapsing in the 1990s as a result of Creamer’s financial mismanagement and fraud.
The client list at Democracy Partners includes many of Creamer’s clients at his DC-based firm, Strategic Consulting Group. One of those clients is his wife, who recently called for BigGovernment.com to be banned and labeled Andrew Breitbart a “sleazebag.”
Creamer apparently produced misleading direct-mail ads for Schakowsky and other Illinois Democrats which were designed to scare seniors during the 2010 campaign. Creamer also trained volunteers at “Camp Obama” and headed the DNC’s field-based “rapid response” operations during the 2008 election.
Creamer proudly claims to have been “one of the major architects of the successful 2005 campaign to defeat the Bush plan to privatize of Social Security.” He also created the Democrats’ political blueprint for pushing health care reform, drafting the key elements of the plan while he was serving time in federal prison. Today he is leading the “Mediscare” campaign against Republican budget proposals and Medicare reforms.
Why would private investors hand millions of dollars to a man who had only served federal time for financial felonies? They wouldn’t–but Creamer’s political patrons would.
The purpose of Democracy Partners is to provide field operations and propaganda for Obama and the Democrats in 2012–outside the DNC and below the radar.
Creamer’s new scheme is proof that Obama has never really left his radical Chicago past behind.