Before a gathering of liberal political donors in Chicago, Democracy Alliance released the names and photos of journalists that could be potential crashers, Kenneth P. Vogel reported on Monday for Politico. Democracy Alliance met in April, Vogel reported, and “the group distributed a memo to board members ahead of its Chicago meeting including suggested responses to questions about the club’s secretive rules and closed-press policy, as well as photos of reporters who it was feared might crash the Ritz shindig.”
“The truth is political strategists and funders frequently gather to discuss their plans without inviting reporters to listen in,” said DA spokeswoman Stephanie Mueller. “The Democracy Alliance was organized to provide a forum for people with a shared set of principles to coordinate their resources more efficiently and effectively to achieve their common goals – it doesn’t represent a single industry or family, and doesn’t give money directly to organizations.”
Politico includes the photo memo in its story. Here’s a screenshot of part of the first page of that memo, which includes Vogel, Politico’s Bryan Tau, Ryan Grim of Huffington Post and Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times. The list looks like it was actually cut and pasted together.