Washington Post reporter Janelle Ross attended a secret gathering of Democrats. According to the Washington Beacon, she sat on a panel and gave strategic political advice to her listeners, who included lett-wing billionaire George Soros was also in attendance. The meeting took place November 15-17 where the Washington Beacon reported that Ross “gave a presentation at a secretive California gathering where Democratic politicians, liberal activists, and their biggest donors plotted the future of the progressive movement[.]”

The Washington Post has disavowed any knowledge of Ross’s attendance at the meeting, which took place at the luxury La Costa resort complex in California. The newspaper said that Ross has since been “reminded” about company policy concerning her attendance at any events “could be perceived as partisan.”

The conference was organized by the Democracy Alliance. Ross’s panel reportedly dealt directly with Democrats responding to their 2016 loss. The panel discussion addressed “What do progressives stand for? How do we grapple with the tough issues? What story are we trying to tell and how does it play out in communities across the country? How do we translate what the polls and research tell us into the compelling narratives that will build the public will to reorient our economy and combat inequality?”  Ross’s panel discussion came in between a talk by George Soros and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) concerning alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

The Democracy Alliance is club consisting of wealthy progressive donors who donate millions to left-wing causes. The conferees are sworn to secrecy at the meeting. In an agenda for the meeting, "participation guidelines" explained that the Democracy Alliance is a "safe place" for donors and activists to meet. Participants are told not to share names with the media, nor share information on social media. If the media or bloggers contact them, they are instructed to contact the Democracy Alliance.

The agenda for the meeting was titled "Beyond #Resistance: Reclaiming our Progressive Future," and featured a keynote speech by House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Other politicians in attendance were Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf (D) and Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-Minn.). Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) phoned in a videoconference. Special guests included former Obama White House aide Van Jones and Center for American Progress CEO Neera Tanden. In addition, there was a happy hour hosted by Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, and David Brock -- the founder of Media Matters for America, which is funded by Democracy Alliance.



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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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