By Collin Roth
When the story began to break last week about Sandy Pasch’s connection to far left-wing organizations, most of the mainstream immediately latched on to the fact that Pasch serves on the Board of Directors for Citizen Action of Wisconsin, a progressive organization heavily involved in Senate District 8 and the parent organization of Wisconsin Jobs Now! who was caught on Monday in what appears to be an illegal voter drive.
But perhaps most intriguing are the revelations regarding Sandy Pasch’s campaign treasurer Jackie Boynton.
Jackie Boynton is a Milwaukee attorney who has been actively involved in numerous progressive organizations in Wisconsin. Besides working as campaign treasurer for the Sandy Pasch for Senate Campaign, Boynton also works as treasurer for Citizen Action of Wisconsin.
As has been documented in recent days, Citizen Action of Wisconsin is a left-wing umbrella organization that boasts as its affiliates WEAC, AFL-CIO, AFSCME, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, SEIU, and numerous other left-wing interest groups.
Most prominently, and clearly most embarassing, among Citizen Action of Wisconsin’s affiliates is Wisconsin Jobs Now!, the organization that has been caught red-handed in what appears to be an illegal voter drive conducted on August 1. In the wake of the scandal, Wisconsin Jobs Now! went to work scrubbing their website of connections between themselves and Citizen Action of Wisconsin, including deleting the address and phone number which happens to be the same as Citizen Action, as well as deleting the name Matthew Brusky as treasurer for the organization who happens to be the Political Director for Citizen Action.
But Jackie Boynton’s connection to left-wing organizations goes far beyond Citizen Action of Wisconsin.
As far back as 2007, Jackie Boynton was one of the founding members of a secretive organization known as the Donor Collaborative of Wisconsin. The Donor Collaborative of Wisconsin is a group of 25 very wealthy liberal donors who help fund nearly every left-wing organization in Wisconsin.
The Board of Directors for the Donor Collaborative of Wisconsin include Jackie Boynton, Grant Abert, Melinda Scott Krei, Don Layden, Leonard Sobczak, and Anne Summers who represents Lynde Uihlein. Larry Marx, a former program officer for the large left-wing Proteus Fund, is the Executive Director for the Donor Collaborative of Wisconsin.
The Donor Collaborative of Wisconsin boasts funding of over $1.7 million with leverage of over $3 million to fund left-wing organizations in Wisconsin. The goal of the organization is “short term wins and permanent infrastructure” with the mission of “working in partnership with Wisconsin organizations to enact enduring progressive values through systemic change.”
The Donor Collaborative of Wisconsin funds fourteen left-wing organizations in Wisconsin:
- Advancing Wisconsin
- Citizen Action of Wisconsin
- Clean Water Action
- Fair Wisconsin
- Greater Wisconsin Committee
- Institute For Wisconsin’s Future
- One Wisconsin Now
- Planned Parenthood Advocates of WI
- Progressive Magazine
- Voces de la Frontera
- WI Apprentice Organizing Project
- WI Civic Engagement Project
- WI League of Conservation Voters
Jackie Boynton’s service as campaign treasurer for Sandy Pasch for Senate links Sandy Pasch not only to Citizen Action of Wisconsin but also to the Donor Collaborative of Wisconsin. With the Donor Collaborative funding nearly every left-wing organization in Wisconsin, this certainly raises questions about Boynton’s potential coordination with left-wing organizations while serving as a member of Pasch’s campaign.
The Donor Collaborative of Wisconsin’s website was recently pulled down as of July 23, 2011.
Key Documents Obtained From the Donor Collaborative Of Wisconsin
Mission Statement and Overview of the the Donor Collaborative of Wisconsin: Mission Statement And Governing Ideas For the DCW
The Board of Directors For the Donor Collaborative of Wisconsin: Board of Directors For the DCW
Donor Collaborative of Wisconsin PowerPoint Presentation: DCW PowerPoint Presentation