NEA exec sits on board of shadowy liberal organization
The man who has helped transform the political operations of one of the nation’s largest teachers unions is also a member of the secretive Democracy Alliance.
John Stocks, executive director of the 3 million member National Education Association, sits on the board of the Democracy Alliance, where he helps select which liberal nonprofit groups and political campaigns benefit from a multi-million dollar influx of progressive cash.
The Alliance has grown closer to the White House, abandoning the small outsider groups it was created to finance, in order to boost President Barack Obama’s reelection efforts through the Super PAC affiliated with his campaign, Priorities USA, as well as liberal institutions such as the Center for American Progress and Media Matters.
The Alliance gives Stocks an important voice in leftwing circles, since full-time members pony up $200,000 per year in contribution pledges to Alliance-backed groups. However, that figure pales in comparison to the pool of dues collected from NEA’s 3 million members.
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