Defeated 2018 Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has unveiled a plan to expand her Georgia-based voting rights group by training staffers in 20 competitive states to protect against threats of what she claims is “voter suppression.” Mainstream media, however, so far never report on who is funding this multi-billion dollar effort to set up “voter protection” programs.
“My mission is to make sure that no one has to go through in 2020 what we had to go through in 2018,” she told the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades convention at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. And while political observers know that Abrams has been funded by left-wing billionaire George Soros, the former minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives is also the little-known protege of San Francisco Democratic power broker Steve Phillips and his wife Susan Sandler, daughter of multi-billionaire bankers Herb and the late Marion Sandler.
Sandler money is a foundation of PowerPAC+, a Phillips’ vehicle for electing as many far left “candidates of color” across the country as possible, Susan Sandler put $1 million of her own money behind Abrams’ campaign and personally recruited other donors who committed another $1 million. She will now be assisting in Abrams’ latest crusade.
Phillips and Sandler have long wanted to flip red state Georgia blue and they see Abrams as a doorway to that goal. They are running a “Rainbow Coalition” strategy – uniting liberal white and minority voters into an election winning alliance. (Phillips learned the strategy working in Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition in 1984 and 1988.)
Indeed, self-confessed Marxist-Leninist Phillips crowed over Stacey Abrams’ 2018 Democratic primary victory in The Nation:
“The Rainbow Coalition is like a quilt—many patches, many pieces, many colors, bound by a common thread.” I was in Atlanta, Georgia, at the 1988 Democratic National Convention listening to Jesse Jackson describe his vision for how a multiracial and explicitly progressive coalition of people of color and progressive whites could lead Democrats to victory across the country. Although Jackson’s bid for the nomination fell short, the surprising success of his candidacy—he won 11 contests and nearly tripled his delegate total from 1984—revealed the potential of a campaign rooted in the country’s demographic revolution.
Last night, Stacey Abrams took a big step towards fulfilling that potential in the South by winning the Georgia gubernatorial Democratic nomination. The implications of her win for progressive politics and the future of the country are revolutionary in terms of political strategy and approach.”
Assuming that Abrams won’t be a vice presidential candidate in 2020, the Abrams-Phillips goal is to keep her relevant for a re-match against Gov. Brian Kemp in 2022.