Basking with Billionaires: Press Herald owner joins fellow left-wing political activists at luxury weekend in Miami


Donald Sussman, owner of the MaineToday Media newspapers and husband of Maine Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, spent last weekend scheming in the lap of luxury along with a cadre of billionaire financiers, according to a story posted on The Washington Free Beacon.

Sussman is a founding member of the ultra-left Democracy Alliance, along with the notorious billionaire George Soros. The DA is a funding consortium that gives to progressive political causes, including Media Matters and the Center for American Progress.

From the article:

Attendees roamed the grounds at the 150-acre tropical resort on their way to cocktail gatherings, salsa dance lessons, and workshops such as “Occupy the Voting Booth” and “The 1 Percent Rule.” Local police guarded entrances as members attended a “partners only” meeting in the hotel’s Country Club Courtyard.

Other attendees of the democrat-strategy planning retreat included Van Jones, Obama’s former “Green Czar,” and Andy Stern, former president of the SEIU (Service Employees International Union) as well as the vice president of Media Matters for America, the Soros funded group.

The goal of the closed-door meeting was to talk strategy for the coming elections, according to the story. At least one attendee of the meeting is a major bundler for Barack Obama, having bundled him at least half-a-million dollars already for his re-election bid.

Reporters were denied access to the event, so it’s unclear whether Sussman spent time discussing strategies for his new chain of newspapers here in Maine. With critical elections taking place this fall, from the Presidency to the Maine legislature to gay marriage being on the ballot yet again, Maine’s newspapers will undoubtedly play a role in shaping how the public views the issues and how they vote in this November’s elections.

Sussman has said he does not have a hand in managing his Maine newspapers. It is clear from his attendance at this conference that he will have at least some hand in democrat strategy for upcoming elections.

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