At any rate, I had called the press contact (Doug Gordon at (202) 494-5141) for this project and left a message asking two questions:
- Would donations to the non-partisan C3, Progressive Congress (NOT the Action fund) be used for FixItAndPassIt.org efforts?
- Does the non-partisan non-profit and the Action Fund have the same Board of Directors? If not, who are in the Board of Directors for the Action Fund (the 501(c)(4))?
- U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva - Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chair
- U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee - Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chair Emeritus
- Markos Moulitsas – Founder of DailyKos.com
Your donation will go to the 501(c)(4) Progressive Congress Action Fund. Gifts are not tax-deductible, but funds can be used for lobbying and political organizing. To make a tax-deductible donation (for research and education) please donate to our 501(c)(3) non-profit, ProgressiveCongress.org.I am wondering if the members of Congress on this Board are aware that they are lending their names to an organization that does not separate its educational and lobbying web sites, and whose donate page leads, by default, to the lobbying arm's donation form. I will be releasing an open letter to Reps. Grijalva and Lee regarding this shortly. Stay tuned.
In the mean time, let's look at the other notable absence. The absence of Markos Moulitsas, the founder and publisher of the most influential liberal and self-proclaimed "reform" blog from the Board of the Action fund is rather telling, in my opinion. Is it because he does not want to be seen as fundraising to pay two of the regulars on his website's 'Recommended Diaries' list (Noelle Bell and Eve Gittelson)? I doubt that. After all, when Darcy Burner posts on Daily Kos (and she has posted numerous diaries), they, too, shoot up to the 'Recommended' list, and Markos is on the Board of the non-profit, which Burner also runs (and presumably generates income from). So Markos' absence is rather puzzling. The only sane explanation I can come up with is that Markos is in fact not aligned entirely with the goals of the Action Fund or its Fix It And Pass It project, which seeks to hold health reform hostage to unattainable demands - which will only serve to derail health care legislation rather than pass it at this point - of the inclusion of a public option and a Medicare buy-in. It is the "kill the bill" strategy couched in "we wanna make it better" rhetoric.
I am still smelling something, and it smells rotten.