Soros funding group to defeat Bush
AP reports George Soros has pledged $10 million to America Coming Together, a group that
plans a $75 million effort to defeat Bush and "elect progressive officials at every level in 2004," targeting Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Tom Edsall in the Washington Post explains that ACT will be running a "get out the vote" effort.
The organization, Americans Coming Together (ACT), will conduct "a massive get-out-the-vote operation that we think will defeat George W. Bush in 2004," said Ellen Malcolm, the president of EMILY's List, who will become ACT's president.
ACT already has commitments for more than $30 million, Malcolm and others said, including $10 million from Soros, $12 million from six other philanthropists, and about $8 million from unions, including the Service Employees International Union.
The New York Times also covers this story:
Political experts say the feelings of Mr. Bush's opponents are so strong that the early organizing efforts against him appear to be the most fervent in decades.
"I've never seen anything this early or this intense," said David Loebsack, a professor of political science at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa.
The committee founders said they intended to create grass-roots organizations in states they view as crucial to the election, including Michigan and Pennsylvania, which Al Gore won in 2000, and Ohio and Florida, won by Mr. Bush.
Mr. Rosenthal, former political director of the A.F.L.-C.I.O., said specific goals would be developed for each state, like increasing the share of the African-American vote in Ohio by two percentage points over the 9 percent share in 2000.
(Thanks to The Scrum for the link to the NYT story.)