Soros-Sponsored Group Enlists Hollywood in Anti-Bush Bid
(Editor's Note: Clarifies Soros' contributions to Moveon.org)
(CNSNews.com) - A Washington-based political action committee -- subsidized by billionaire investor George Soros to the tune of $10 million -- is taking its anti-Bush campaign to Hollywood Tuesday night in what organizers are labeling "a mandatory meeting to change the leadership in America in 2004."
The invitation list for the event at the Beverly Hills Hilton reportedly includes actors such as Daniel Stern, who starred in the movie City Slickers and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who played the role of Elaine on the sitcom Seinfeld . Numerous other Hollywood producers, creators and writers or their spouses have been invited, according to the Drudge Report Internet site.
Lorraine Voles, spokeswoman for the group America Coming Together (ACT), confirmed that the meeting was being held but denied the Drudge Report's assertion that the invitation was billed as a "Hate Bush" event.
"I don't take exception to what was in the report other than the way it was characterized," Voles said. "There is a meeting in L.A. with people who are interested in America Coming Together."
Voles rejected the widely held view that Hollywood disproportionately favors liberal Democrat politicians. "There are Republicans in Hollywood and there are Democrats in Hollywood," Voles said. She did confirm, however, that ACT is interested in the money belonging to the celebrities invited to Tuesday's event.
"Sure, that's one of the intents -- yes -- to get them to donate," Voles said.
Harold Ickes, the former Clinton administration deputy chief of staff and campaign manager for the Clinton-Gore 1996 re-election campaign, will chair Tuesday night's event, along with ACT's president, Ellen Malcolm, who is also the founder of the pro-abortion political group, Emily's List, according to the Drudge Report.
Soros, an investor who is about to release a new book in which he lays out his case for wanting to see Bush defeated in 2004, has said he is willing to contribute more money, if necessary, to ACT. He and his partner Peter Lewis have also committed $5 million to another anti-Bush political vehicle, MoveOn.org.
Voles said ACT believes "that right-wing Republicans control the Congress and the White House.
"They've seized power and are using their extremist agenda, and the government is no longer working for the people," Voles said. When pressed on whether she considered President Bush a right-wing extremist, Voles replied, "Sure," then backed off a bit.
"I believe his policies have been right-wing and extremist. I don't know him personally, so I feel silly kind of characterizing him personally."
Chuck DeFeo, spokesman for the Bush/Cheney 2004 re-election campaign, said he was not surprised to hear about Tuesday's planned meeting between ACT and Hollywood celebrities.
"It's not any secret that Hollywood interests have been involved in the Democrat Party - from Jane Fonda to Rob Reiner to Martin Sheen. Hollywood is very well vested in the liberal elite - the extreme left of our country - and it wouldn't surprise me for Hollywood to be connected with George Soros and his $15.5 million in soft money."
DeFeo defended Bush's record, pointing to the president's tax-relief plans, which he said were responsible for the "largest economic surge in 20 years," and to the recent congressional approval of Medicare reform.
"Congress, after ten years of debate -- after ten years -- we now have a modernized Medicare plan with a prescription drug [benefit] for America's seniors and the most needy. That is a remarkable accomplishment that is a direct result of President Bush's leadership," DeFeo said.
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