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Records: Tony’s big liberal donor adventure

Empower Wisconsin | Dec. 4,  2019

By M.D. Kittle

MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers spent more than a day hobnobbing with big liberal donors in Washington, D.C. last month, according to a copy of the Democrat’s schedule obtained by Empower Wisconsin through an open records request.

The governor’s spokespeople at the time refused to confirm Evers’ trip to the Fall 2019 Investment Conference sponsored by the progressive Democracy Alliance, described as a secretive coalition of more than 100 millionaire and billionaire donors.

The fact that it took an open records request to confirm the governor’s political trip says a great deal about the secretive Evers administration.

Evers and two other Dem governors — Gretchen Whitmer, of Michigan, and Laura Kelly, of Kansas — were tapped as the warm-up act for U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the fundraiser, according to a Democracy Alliance agenda.

As the Free Beacon reported, the three-day event was held at D.C.’s five-star Mandarin Oriental Hotel to “plot (the Democracy Alliance’s) upcoming agenda leading up to the 2020 elections.”

The left-wing group is organized by billionaire currency speculator George Soros. Soros has contributed hundreds of millions of dollars to liberal organizations that do not disclose their donors, even as progressive groups push their phony narrative about conservative “dark money” networks.

Evers and his Dem colleagues spoke on the “lessons learned in flipping red seats to blue …”

“They will discuss the importance of donor investment in efforts to building progressive majorities in state legislatures, especially from the perspective of having to govern with Republican control of the legislative chambers,” the agenda summary notes.

The governors also addressed building long-term power to “govern responsibly in the era of Trump.”

Evers’ official schedule shows the governor attending a D.C. political event from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14. Presumably that was the Democracy Alliance conference, although the redacted schedule states, “See Political Schedule.” Evers’ political campaign did not return Empower Wisconsin’s request for that portion of the governor’s schedule.

The next morning, Evers attended a political breakfast. Again, his public schedule refers to his political schedule. He then met with congressional Democrats at the Rayburn House office. And Evers penciled in 15 minutes to chat with Michigan’s governor before they took the stage at the Mandarin Oriental.

His schedule notes he was at a political event until 6:30 p.m., presumably sticking around to see Pelosi and others. Perhaps shaking hands for campaign cash.

Evers did not use a state-owned plane to fly to and from D.C. for the political event, instead flying on commercial airlines, according to the schedule. Empower Wisconsin had asked the governor’s office at the time if he used a state plane to travel to the conference.

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