An "elite group of left wing millionaires and billionaires" fund "the far-left environmental movement, which in turn controls major policy decisions," according to a U.S. Senate report  released on July 30. The report singled out, among other groups, the secretive Democracy Alliance, a group founded in part by liberal billionaire George Soros.
The report stated that "DA flouts transparency and public participation as the group emphasizes secrecy in all its operations." It also said that the influence of the DA and groups like it could be traced through other liberal groups to environmental regulations mandated by the EPA.
The Democracy Alliance  is a membership group that directs funding to a wide variety of liberal causes. It was created to consolidate the efforts of wealthy liberal donors such as George Soros, his son Jonathan Soros, Tom Steyer and Robert Mckay.
This same Democracy Alliance stated in a briefing book published earlier this year that "progressives' long term success hinges on our ability to fundamentally change our current political system - including large questions about who can vote, the role money should play in politics, and what our courts look like."
The report added that "Democracy Alliance does not disclose the details of any transaction it facilitates, and its members and donor-recipients cannot speak publically about the organization."
It also called out President Obama's criticism of "millionaires and billionaires bankrolling whoever they want, however they want, in some cases undisclosed" as "blatant hypocrisy and obfuscation" stating that "the President and his cadre of wealthy liberal allies and donors embrace the very tactics he publically (sic) scorned."
The report by the United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works is entitled "The Chain of Environmental Command: How a Club of Billionaires and Their Foundations Control the Environmental Movement and Obama's EPA."
— Mike Ciandella is MRC Business Senior Analyst at the Media Research Center. Follow Mike Ciandella on Twitter.