Archila has another role beyond her duties as co–executive director of the Center. She is also a member of the national committee of the Working Families Party (WFP), a New York–based fringe political party that exercises outside influence in the Empire State because of the state’s unique law allowing candidates to run on more than one party line. This quirk has been a key factor in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s being driven toward the left: In 2014, the WFP endorsed him for governor, but this year it nominated farther-left actress Cynthia Nixon as its candidate in the general election and backed her effort to defeat Cuomo in the Democratic primary.
The WFP scored a big win in last month’s Democratic primary in New York when New York City public advocate Tish James won the primary for state attorney general. Bertha Lewis, the co-founder of WFP and the former leader of ACORN, has boasted, “I was there with Tish James in 2003 when she was first elected to the city council — not as a Democrat, but on the Working Families Party line.”
ACORN was a group of community organizers that disbanded after James O’Keefe outed the organization for attempting to assist in the smuggling of underage women from El Salvador during a 2009 sting operation. The group was stripped of $1.6 million dollars of federal assistance after an 83 to 7 Senate vote.
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One of the two ladies that confronted Jeff Flake on the elevator at the Senate building yesterday, Ana Maria Archilla, is the Co-Executive Director of the Center for Popular Democracy according to her Facebook page. This could bring into question her motives behind the confrontation. She claims to be the victim of sexual assault and to have never spoken of it until the encounter with Flake.
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George Soros is one of the largest funders to the CPD. Soros provided the CPD with $130,000 from the Foundation to Promote Open Society in 2014 and $1,164,500 in 2015. Soros provided an additional $705,000 from the Open Society Policy Center in 2016.
Make the Road published a list of its grantors in 2010 that showed they received funds from Soros’ Open Society Foundations. The following year, the group’s annual report showed that they received up to $700,000 from the Open Society Foundations.
Marbre Stahly-Butts, a policy advocate at CPD, joined the group as a George Soros Justice Fellow in 2013.
Hundreds of thousands in funds have also been passed between the two organizations.
Make the Road gave a $122,112 grant to the Center for Popular Democracy in 2013. The group passed $25,000 to the CPD in 2014.
In 2014, the CPD gave a $100,000 grant to the Make the Road Action Fund and a $253,900 cash grant was given to MRNY. The CPD gave a $286,042 grant to MRNY in 2015. Make the Road has also received millions in government grants.
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