WASHINGTON–New York Mayor Bill de Blasio hits Chicago on Sunday to kick off the annual spring meeting of the Democracy Alliance–the organization whose members are mega donors to Democrats and Democratic causes. It’s a quick trip for the New York mayor with no other meetings or events on his schedule, Manhattan City Hall tells me.
De Blasio huddled with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and other big city mayors when the freshman mayor was in Chicago March 6 for a forum at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics.
The meeting runs through Tuesday, when Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz D-Fl. speaks to some of the deepest pockets in the Democratic political community.
With all political money hanging around the Ritz Carlton, the who’s who of the Democratic world is coming to them.
First disclosed by Politico’s Kenneth Vogel, the Democracy Alliance “Spring Investment Conference” speakers at the Chicago conference also include Democratic strategist and U. of C. IOP founder David Axelrod, White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, White House Political Director David Simas and Larry Grisolano, the managing partner at AKPD Message and Media, the firm founded by Axlerod.
The Democracy Alliance provide the mega donors with an arrary of professional political services to help them assess and screen candidates, causes, foundations, non-profits and political organizations
According to a mission statement, the organization ”is made up of progressive investors/donors and movement leaders committed to a stronger democracy and more progressive America. Our Partners hail from business, politics, and philanthropy and provide millions of dollars of support for progressive causes.”