Founded in 2011 by Robert Creamer and several others, Democracy Partners (DP) is a Washington-based consulting firm that provides a wide variety of services for left-wing political candidates and organizations, and also for issue-oriented activist groups. Specifically, DP offers assistance and guidance with: Fundraising; Direct Mail; TV & Radio Advertising; Digital Advertising; Online Organizing; Public Relations; Opposition & …
Founded in 2011 by Robert Creamer and several others, Democracy Partners (DP) is a Washington-based consulting firm that provides a wide variety of services for left-wing political candidates and organizations, and also for issue-oriented activist groups. Specifically, DP offers assistance and guidance with: Fundraising; Direct Mail; TV & Radio Advertising; Digital Advertising; Online Organizing; Public Relations; Opposition & Candidate Research; Campaign Staffing & Training; Campaign Planning, Management and Consulting; High-Intensity Field & Voter Mobilization; Coalition Building; Community & Labor Organizing; Planning & Executing Events; and Issue and Electoral Phone Programs.
In addition, Democracy Partners provides assistance with:
(a) Impact Philanthropy and Donor Advising: DP has helped numerous philanthropic organizations – including such notables as the New Israel Funds, the Arca Foundation, the Democracy Alliance, the Ford Foundation, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, and the Rockefeller Family Fund – find ways to maximize the impact of their grantmaking.
(b) Grasstops Engagement & Grassroots Advocacy: DP has coordinated issue-based field programs for dozens of corporations, associations, and issue-based entities such as the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (now called the American Association for Justice), USAction, Americans United For Change, and People For the American Way.
- Christine Pelosi: daughter of Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi
- David Grossman: former online organizer for Media Matters, and former video producer for the Democratic National Committee (DNC)
- Jackie Kendall: has worked for USAction and the Midwest Academy (where she was executive director)
- Joe Sandler: former in-house general counsel of the DNC
- Joel Silberman: former senior creative director for Media Matters, and former senior fellow at the New Organizing Institute
- John Hennelly: former national field director for politics at the SEIU
- Josie Mooney: has been an SEIU senior staffer, and a strategic adviser to Tom Steyer and NextGen Climate Action
- Ken Grossinger: has served as director of legislative field operations for the AFL-CIO, co-founder of the Human SERVE Fund, and a board member with the Alliance for Justice, the Nation Institute, and the Environmental Grantmakers Association
- Khalid Pitts: president of USAction in 2016
- Mac D’Alessandro: has been affiliated with the SEIU and NARAL Pro-Choice America
- Marc Cerabona: managed data for numerous elected officials, political campaigns, and organizations such as America Coming Together, EMILY’s List, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC)
- Patrick Pannett: served as communications director for Kerry–Edwards 2004 in Pennsylvania, and as a whip at the 2008 Democratic National Convention
- Renee Schaeffer: former director of candidate services for the DCCC
- Wyatt Closs: has held several positions at the SEIU
DP also lists two “associates” as key supporters of its work: (a) Lauren Windsor, executive director of American Family Voices; and (b) Aaron Black (actually named Aaron Minter), who has worked closely with the DNC, Americans United For Change, and (in 2011) some of the activists who subsequently helped establish Occupy Wall Street.
In October 2016, investigative journalist James O’Keefe’s “Project Veritas” released a series of undercover, hidden-camera videos showing that DP and its co-founder Robert Creamer were collaborating with the Democratic Party and the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign to dispatch trained provocateurs to instigate violence and chaos at Republican events nationwide – especially at rallies for then-presidential candidate Donald Trump and vice presidential running-mate Mike Pence – throughout that year’s election cycle. The purpose of this strategy – dubbed “bird-dogging” by Creamer and his allies – was to create a public perception of “anarchy” surrounding Trump, on the theory that the shock value of such a spectacle would undermine and erode his political support. For a detailed explanation of the strategy’s genesis, activities, and key operatives, click here.
Whenever the media began to cover any of these DP-directed disruptions in 2016, Democracy Partners promptly provided video footage of the incidents to the Clinton campaign, the DNC, and a number of pro-Clinton Super PACs and activist organizations that were also involved in this “bird-dogging” project. Foremost among these additional groups were Americans United For Change, the Alliance for Change, the Alliance for Retired Americans, and Priorities USA.
In an undercover video segment released by James O’Keefe, one of Creamer’s consultants, Scott Foval – a former Americans United For Change and People For the American Way employee who in 2011 had founded a political consulting firm called the Foval Group – provided key details about the Democrat bird-dogging strategy. Specifically, Foval explained that the operation was structured in a manner that – if the public were ever to find out about it – would allow the DNC and the Clinton campaign to pretend that they knew nothing of it. “The thing that we have to watch is making sure there’s a double-blind between the actual campaign and the actual DNC and what we’re doing,” said Foval. “There’s a double-blind there, so that they can plausibly deny that they heard anything about it.” To help ensure that this plausible deniability was not in any way compromised, Democratic Party funding for the Foval Group was channeled through a highly circuitous path. Said Foval: “The campaign pays DNC, DNC pays Democracy Partners, Democracy Partners pays the Foval Group, the Foval Group goes and executes the shit on the ground.”