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1120 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC

URL :http://www.victorycampaign2004.org

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  • Chief fund-raising entity for the Shadow Party 
  • Founded by George Soros and Harold Ickes 
  • Executive Director is New Left activist and Clinton aide, Harold Ickes 
  • Other key players: Janice Ann Enright, George Soros


Now defunct, Joint Victory Campaign 2004 (JVC) was the chief fundraising entity for the Democrat Shadow Party during the 2004 election cycle. It was a 527 stealth Political Action Committee (PAC) that collected contributions and disbursed them to two other groups, America Coming Together (ACT) and The Media Fund. Formed in late 2003 by Harold Ickes, on behalf of a group of major Democrat donors associated with George Soros, JVC’s creation was intended to help Democratic candidates emerge victorious in the November 2004 elections. JVC made no attempt to appeal to moderate, centrist, or middle-of-the-road donors. It targeted donors sympathetic to members of the hard Left who typically viewed George W. Bush as a dangerous, rightwing extremist."Like  millions of Americans, we are terribly concerned about the extremist agenda of the Bush Republicans," its website declared prior to the 2004 election. "If we don't act now, the right-wing will use presidential incumbency and a significant financial advantage in 2004 to solidify control of federal and state government for decades to come. That is why we have come together to offer a way to successfully fight back: Victory Campaign 2004."

Run jointly by America Coming Together and The Media Fund,  JVC collected contributions for these two groups. In 2004 alone, JVC channeled $38.4 million to The Media Fund and $19.4 million to American Coming Together.[1]  Since it was little more than a money conduit, JVC attracted less press attention than other organizations it funded. However, JVC did surface briefly in a February 5, 2004 Washington Post editorial questioning the shadowy nature of its financial transactons.

The editorial noted that a mysterious 527 committee calling itself the Sustainable World Corporation had suddenly sprung into existence in Houston, Texas on December 10, 2003. Seven days later, it donated $3.1 million to Joint Victory Campaign 2004, which then divided the money between ACT and The Media Fund. The Washington Post attempted to discover the source of the $3.1 million donation. Said the editorial: "Sustainable World Corp. lists only a post office box in Houston as its address. Directory assistance has no number for it. Searches of ordinary  business databases come up empty. We tracked down Lewis Linn, the Houston accountant who is listed as its registered agent, and asked him about Sustainable World; he said he was bound by professional constraints to keep information about it confidential. Asked if he would check to see whether those behind Sustainable World would let him reveal their identity, Mr. Linn called back to say, ‘I've talked to my clients, and they wish to remain private.'"

Janice Ann Enright was the Treasurer of Joint Victory Campaign 2004. She is a long-time aide to Harold Ickes. Enright, who is not an attorney, joined Harold Ickes’ firm Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein at the same time Ickes himself returned to the firm in June 1998 (after he had served a 1994-97 stint as Assistant to President Bill Clinton and as Deputy White House Chief of Staff for Political Affairs and Policy). Today Enright works for Ickes in the firm's Washington office, where she is Senior Advisor for Government Affairs.

Ickes and Enright advised Hillary Clinton during her successful New York Senate campaign in 1999 and 2000 – a victory widely attributed to Ickes' ruthless style of backroom politics.

Among the chief individual donors to JVC were Dan Lewis, Jonathan D. Lewis, S. Daniel Abraham, Peter B. Lewis, Richard Rosenthal, Herb Sandler, Marion Sandler, George Soros, Stewart A. Resnick, Lewis B. Cullman, Frank Brunckhorst, Louise Gund, Susie Buell, Stephen Bing, Agnes Varis, Anne Getty Earhart, Marcy Carsey, Nancy Burnett, Linda Pritzker, and Susan P. Orr.


[1] David Horowitz and Richard Poe, The Shadow Party (2006), p. 199.



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