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The most powerful network of Democratic donors has a new president

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The Democracy Alliance, a secretive club of wealthy progressive and Democratic donors, has named Pamela Shifman its new president ahead of what is likely to be a tough and expensive midterm election season for the party.

As of this week, Shifman, a lawyer who has long worked with social justice philanthropies, has taken the reins of what is among the most powerful yet little-known groups in progressive politics. The group and its “partners,” which counts Tom Steyer and George Soros among its members, has long operated behind a veil of secrecy. Democracy Alliance helps to funnel money from a group of anonymous mega-donors to an infrastructure of groups it hopes will “advance a progressive agenda for America.”

In a press release, the Democracy Alliance framed Shifman’s selection as part of an “all-hands on deck moment,” a phrase that Shifman echoed several times in an interview with POLITICO three days into her new job.

“We are facing existential threats, our democracy is under attack from within,” she said. “The role of the Democracy Alliance and the role of donors now is to invest deeply and urgently and strategically in addressing the crisis we face in our democracy and in building this long-term progressive infrastructure that we need.”

Shifman succeeds Gara LaMarche, who had led the organization since........

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