Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum’s political profession has been nurtured by one of many nation’s strongest socialists: San Francisco lawyer Steve Phillips, a self-identified scholar of “Marx, Mao, and Lenin” who has labored intently with scholar radicals supportive of the Communist Get together of China.
In reality, a gaggle who has grow to be a serious drive in Gillum’s marketing campaign can also be supportive of the communist management in China. On this similar vein, Gillum additionally spent a lot of 2012 learning with a communist-led activist coaching faculty based mostly in California.
Gillum, who’s presently polling six factors forward of his conservative Republican opponent Ron DeSantis, might turn into Florida’s subsequent governor.
Phillips is the facility behind Gillum. Writer of “Brown Is the New White,” Phillips has made it his mission to help progressive candidates of colour for top workplace. This technique, in line with Phillips, will energize minority voters to vote, pushing hard-left candidates into positions of energy.
Phillips has offered huge sums of cash to Gillum, who shares his hard-left ideological perspective.
Describing his radical historical past, Phillips wrote in a Dec. 20, 2012, article for the PowerPAC+ publication Political Intelligence:
“First, let me make clear that I come out of the Left. I’ve studied Marx, Mao, and Lenin. In college … I palled around with folks who considered themselves communists and revolutionaries. … My political baptism was the Jesse Jackson 1984 Presidential campaign.”
Phillips was a scholar at Stanford College within the mid-late 1980s. The “communists” to which Phillips refers have been cadres of the League of Revolutionary Wrestle (LRS), a three,000-strong pro-China revolutionary group that served because the spine of Jackson’s “Rainbow Coalition.” Whereas Phillips has publicly denied being a member of the communist LRS, he wrote for the LRS newspaper Unity and led a number of LRS-influenced organizations. When LRS cut up in 1990, Phillips emerged as a public chief of the bulk Unity Organizing Committee faction.
Phillips labored in each the 1984 and 1988 presidential campaigns of Jackson, taking a yr off faculty in 1988 to work full-time as Jackson’s West Coast scholar organizer.
Phillips discovered rather a lot from Jackson. The main lesson was that the important thing to constructing unbeatable electoral energy was to couple the “progressive white” and “low propensity” voting minority populations behind leftist “candidates of color.”
Jackson acquired 7 million votes in 1988, attaining fourth place within the Democratic main—not sufficient to win, however sufficient to plant the seed of a race-centric technique for the longer term. In response to Phillips’s personal figures, “minorities” have elevated from 12 % to 38 % of the inhabitants within the final quarter century. This makes the “Rainbow Coalition” technique rather more viable.
Phillips has introduced Jackson’s imaginative and prescient into the fashionable period. However an AstroTurf political imaginative and prescient is nothing with out the cash to comprehend it.
Marxism and Cash
After school, newly minted lawyer Phillips married fellow Stanford alumni Susan Sandler, the daughter of leftist financial savings and mortgage billionaires Herb and Marion Sandler.
The Sandler household has used their cash to help leftist teams reminiscent of ProPublica and the Middle for American Progress. The cash opened doorways for Phillips and Susan Sandler. They have been invited to serve on influential boards. They turned very influential in Democratic Celebration circles.
In 2008, Phillips, alongside together with his previous school radical pal Andy Wong and future head of the NAACP (Nationwide Affiliation for the Development of Coloured Individuals) Ben Jealous—each former Jackson supporters—raised $10 million to again the long-shot marketing campaign for Barack Obama. Additionally they utilized the “Rainbow Coalition” technique by initiating “minority” voter registration campaigns in 18 states. This was the impetus wanted to get forward of the then extensively favored Hillary Clinton.
There probably would have been no President Obama with out Steve Phillips.
Phillips additionally established PowerPAC+, PowerPAC.org, and Democracy in Shade particularly to fund and marketing campaign for “candidates of color.” Lots of PowerPAC+’s board members have been Phillips’s former scholar Maoist associates from Stanford. PowerPAC.org endorsed 5 “candidate of color” gubernatorial candidates within the 2018 election cycle.
Andrew Gillum, mayor of Tallahassee, served on the PowerPAC+ board from roughly 2012 to 2016.
“PowerPAC.org is committed to supporting the civic engagement of voters of color and the election of progressive leaders of color. Much of our strategy is outlined in the book ‘Brown Is The New White,’ written by our founder Steve Phillips,” the PowerPAC.org web site states.
“Our work includes researching the place votes of shade could make a distinction in races, how demographic developments can have an effect on [sic] change in public coverage and management, and the way civic engagement methodologies can change how campaigns are run.
“As we move forward, we will deepen our work in California as well as launching a multi-state initiative to support gubernatorial candidates of color in GA (Stacey Abrams), MD (Ben Jealous), AZ (David Garcia), CA (John Chiang), and FL (Andrew Gillum).”
John Chiang’s marketing campaign was a bust, however Stacey Abrams, Ben Jealous, David Garcia, and Andrew Gillum all convincingly gained their primaries. All have employed the “Rainbow Coalition” technique—utilizing their candidacies to mobilize minority voters. They’re all related to Phillips and PowerPAC+/Democracy in Shade, and all have acquired vital funding from that quarter.
The Democracy Alliance
In 2004, Progressive Insurance coverage billionaire Peter Lewis, together with leftist mega-donor George Soros, and Herb and Marion Sandler, established America Votes “to coordinate various get-out-the-vote drives during the 2004 election,” in response to New York Occasions reporter Matt Bai. After that didn’t go in addition to deliberate, the Sandlers additionally despatched their son-in-law Phillips as their consultant to the October 2005 assembly of the Democracy Alliance on the Château Elan outdoors Atlanta.
The super-secretive Democracy Alliance has since recruited greater than 100 wealthy leftist donors to fund “progressive” Democratic candidates throughout America. Each Phillips and Susan Sandler have served on the board of the Democracy Alliance.
When Gillum’s marketing campaign was floundering, operating fourth or fifth place two months out from the first, the Democracy Alliance stepped in.
Democracy Alliance members Soros, Tom Steyer, Norman Lear, Susan Sandler, and Phillips contributed vital sums within the closing weeks of the primaries. Steyer topped the record with $1 million, with the Soros household coming in second with $450,000.
As a bonus, the “black candidate only” Collective PAC chipped in $231,000—and plans to spend at the least $1.5 million this yr on Gillum’s behalf.
As a 501(c)(four), Collective Future (an arm of Collective PAC) shouldn’t be legally required to reveal its donors. Nevertheless, Collective PAC founder Quentin James does serve on the board of “movement” employees recruiting group Inclusv, alongside Phillips, PowerPAC+ board member Gregory Cendana, and long-time good friend of Phillips and political collaborator Alida Garcia.
Rockwood Management Institute
After the League of Revolutionary Wrestle (LRS) cut up in 1990, many ex-members ended up within the Freedom Street Socialist Group (FRSO). Maoist-leaning and discreetly pro-China, FRSO is very secretive and has managed to infiltrate entire networks of U.S. nonprofits and social businesses, from the Ford Basis, to the Chinese language Progressive Affiliation (Boston and San Francisco), to Black Lives Matter, to, in fact, the Democratic Celebration.
The Oakland, California-based Rockwood Management Institute could be very a lot a part of the FRSO “sphere of influence.” Rockwood is principally a coaching faculty for revolutionaries.
Current board members have included
- Ellen Friedman, a former member of the Socialist Feminist Network
- Shiree Teng, a former LRS member, now a part of FRSO-aligned consultancy agency RoadMap
- Mei-ying Williams, a veteran of the 2004 Venceremos Brigade to Cuba and a one-time member of the Advert-Hoc Left Committee, alongside FRSO members Michelle Foy and Tim Thomas and Northern California Communist Social gathering USA chief Juan Lopez.
Williams’s husband, Steve Williams, was as soon as affiliated with Standing Collectively to Arrange a Revolutionary Motion (STORM) with Obama’s short-lived inexperienced jobs czar Van Jones. Steve Williams now leads an FRSO spin-off activist group, LeftRoots, the groundwork for which was partially funded by Phillips and Susan Sandler. Rockwood program director Lauren Veasey additionally serves on the board of Phillips’s PowerPAC+.
Rockwood runs annual year-long coaching programs for about two dozen radical activists yearly.
Gillum was within the 2012 cohort alongside former STORM member Cindy Wiesner.
Different notable alumni embrace Washington congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (2010) and Maine congresswoman Chellie Pingree (2006), whose ex-husband, S. Donald Sussman, made a fortune investing in Chinese language corporations and has served on the Democracy Alliance board.
FRSO member Jon Liss educated with Rockwood in 2010. He’s government director of New Virginia Majority (NVM), a well-funded voter registration group devoted to signing up a number of hundred thousand new “voters of color.” NVM makes use of extremely particular maps to micro-target potential Democratic voters. These maps come from FRSO supporter Steve McClure, who has labored for the final a number of years within the Geography Division of Wuhan College in China.
NVM co-executive director Tram Nguyen serves on the advisory board of the Sandler Phillips Middle, which presents “rigorous research and analysis, strategic investments, and collaborative opportunities to improve the effectiveness of progressive politics and enhance the return on investment of political giving.”
NVM has additionally labored with Virginia’s former Democratic governor Terry McAuliffe to revive voting privileges to 200,000 former felons. Virginia—as soon as a reliably conservative state—is now near turning solidly blue because of the NVM.
New Florida Majority
Miami-based New Florida Majority (NFM) is modeled immediately on its Virginia counterpart and is a serious pressure in voter registration efforts amongst Florida’s black and Latino communities. Like NVM, most of its management are FRSO or Rockwood affiliated.
Founding government director Gihan Perera (now with the Ford Basis) studied with Rockwood in 2005 and was a founding father of the FRSO entrance group Proper to the Metropolis Alliance.
Present government director Andrea Cristina Mercado studied with Rockwood in 2013 and beforehand labored for the closely FRSO-influenced Nationwide Home Staff Alliance.
Former NFM Political and Alliance Officer Badili Jones is among the only a few non-secret FRSO members.
NFM has been concerned with Gillum since at the least April 2017 and formally endorsed his candidacy in June this yr.
Gillum issued a press release thanking the group: “I’m honored to receive New Florida Majority’s endorsement! They’re on the frontlines of taking back our state for working people, and I’m proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with them in fighting for our families, jobs with living wages and dignity, a thriving public education system that pays teachers what they’re worth, and quality, affordable health care as a constitutional right for every Floridian.”
NFM takes a variety of well-justified credit score for Gillum’s shock main victory. In line with the NFM web site:
“In response to the Florida main outcomes, Andrea Cristina Mercado, director of the NewFM’s state PAC, the New Florida Imaginative and prescient PAC feedback, ‘Tonight we see the remaking of the Florida Democratic Party by Andrew Gillum. Gillum won against all odds and he did it by giving often ignored voters’ clear transformative options that impressed them to become involved.’
“New Florida Vision PAC set out to expand the electorate by reaching out to Black and Latino voters categorized as ‘infrequent’ voters and subsequently often ignored by electoral campaigns. The PAC performed doorknocking, phone and text, radio and digital ads, and non-traditional tactics like a Colombian-style Chiva party bus, barbeques, taco Tuesdays, karaoke, and murals in the Wynwood and Liberty City neighborhoods to connect with target voters. Within the 150,000 voters targeted by the New Florida Vision PAC, there was a 300% increase in early voting in 2018, not including election day, compared to the 2014 midterm and at least a 20% increase from the Presidential election of 2016.”
NFM’s sister group Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC) harvests votes from Florida’s giant immigrant communities. FLIC, who lately made the information for happening a starvation strike for unlawful immigrants being held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), got here out for Gillum in its first endorsement this election cycle.
“FLIC Votes joins the growing momentum towards victory, not just for Andrew Gillum as the most likely governor representing the interest of all the people, but for the energizing impact his candidacy will have with disenchanted voters to come out and revive our ailing democracy for the benefit of all Floridians,” wrote Maria Rodriguez (Rockwood Management Institute class of 2009, affiliated with FRSO), government director of FLIC’s political motion committee (PAC) FLIC Votes.
Gillum replied: “In 2018, immigrants are underneath assault, they usually want a Governor to face within the hole for them. I’m deeply honored to obtain the endorsement of FLIC Votes in our race to take again Florida and make it a spot the place everyone seems to be welcome—it doesn’t matter what they seem like.
“I’m running for Governor to help every Florida family have access to the same opportunities my siblings and I had, and the Florida Immigrant Coalition will be an integral partner in that fight when I’m Governor.”
Like their counterpart NVM, NFM and FLIC additionally need to restore felons’ voting privileges instantly (present Florida regulation provides felons the chance to use for a restoration of their voting privileges after being crime-free for 5 years). Each organizations are backing the “Second Chances” marketing campaign and Florida poll measure “Amendment 4,” which might expedite restored voting rights to a claimed 1.four million Florida felons.
“Gillum has also expressed enthusiastic support for the Second Chances campaign, which would restore the right to vote to over 1.4 million Floridians who have been disenfranchised due to prior felony convictions,” states FLIC’s endorsement assertion. “Gillum understands the importance of this campaign on a personal level, as his own brothers are returning citizens who would benefit from Second Chances.”
NFM, FLIC, and Gillum seemingly perceive that an additional a number of hundred thousand doubtless Democratic voters will present an unlimited benefit to Democratic candidates and shall be a leap towards the aim of turning Florida blue, a aim already completed in Virginia by the NVM. A “blue” Florida may have large implications in future presidential elections.
The day earlier than his beautiful Florida main victory, Gillum hung out in Miami with two of his largest followers: Laura Estefania Muñoz Quiñones and Tomas Kennedy. Quinones is a FLIC activist and Miami Democratic Socialists of America steering committee member. Kennedy is a former NFM chief and an FRSO affiliate, and serves as deputy political director of FLIC. He’s additionally co-chair of the Miami Democratic Socialists of America steering committee and was chair of the Miami-Dade Democratic Social gathering Progressive Caucus.
These two comrades encapsulate the Gillum coalition.
Not a Socialist?
Republican gubernatorial candidate DeSantis has accused Gillum of being a socialist. Gillum denies it. He says he’s a “progressive Democrat.” The reality is that Gillum has been financed, educated, and supported his whole political profession by Maoist-leaning pro-China radicals.
Gillum was funded and guided in his “Rainbow Coalition” methods by “former” Maoist Phillips.
He was educated in activist rules by the FRSO/Maoist-affiliated Rockwood Management Institute.
His come-from-behind victory may be instantly attributed to the huge “minority” voter registration drives carried out by FRSO-affiliated NFM and the FLIC.
Classical Maoism is all about manipulating minorities to realize political energy. In China, they did it with propaganda and weapons. In America, they’re doing it with propaganda and “minority” voter registration drives.
Both means, the top outcome would be the similar.
If Florida conservatives don’t end up giant numbers, Florida may have its first “Maoist” governor come November.
Trevor Loudon is an writer, filmmaker and public speaker from New Zealand. For greater than 30 years, he has researched radical left, Marxist and terrorist actions and their covert affect on mainstream politics.
Views expressed on this article are the opinions of the writer and don’t essentially mirror the views of The Epoch Occasions.