He was successful in obtaining that endorsement, and he used a number of New Party volunteers as campaign workers.From the Columbus Free Press 1996 - "New Party" Online News - Election Update:
"... the New Party was a Marxist political coalition whose objective was to endorse and elect leftist public officials -- most often Democrats. The New Party's short-term objective was to move the Democratic Party leftward, thereby setting the stage for the eventual rise of new Marxist third party.
"Most New Party members hailed from the Democratic Socialists of America and the militant organization ACORN. The party's Chicago chapter also included a large contingent from the Committees of Correspondence, a Marxist coalition of former Maoists, Trotskyists, and Communist Party USA members.
"The New Party's modus operandi included the political strategy of "electoral fusion," where it would nominate, for various political offices, candidates from other parties (usually Democrats), thereby enabling each of those candidates to occupy more than one ballot line in the voting booth......
..."Though Illinois was not one of the states that permitted electoral fusion, in 1995 Barack Obama nonetheless sought the New Party's endorsement for his 1996 state senate run. He was successful in obtaining that endorsement, and he used a number of New Party volunteers as campaign workers."
Update: RezkoWatch just forwarded this information from a reader.
"More proof of Obama's socialism. In 1996 he ran as member of New Party...Obama won his State Senate seat as a member of the New Party, an extreme left wing group run by a former Jesse Jackson campaign manager. Its mind-blowing that Obama could have got to the top of theDemocrat ticket without one wise man screening him. Well the Dems made this bed, now they must live with these shocking truths about the type of communist-like changes Obama would bring to the America....
"....Some of these chapters — such as those in Chicago and Little Rock —had their main bases of support in the low-income community organizing group ACORN, along with some support from various labor unions (especially ACORN-allied locals of the Service Employees InternationalUnion)... So it really should be no mystery as to why Ayers of all people was the one to crack the champaign bottle over Obama's maiden voyage into the political waters."
"NP member and State Senate candidate Barack Obama won uncontested."From New Zeal - January 8 2008:
Obama Was Endorsed by the far Left "New Party"....Two organisations formed the backbone of the New Party-the Democratic Socialists of America and the US's largest radical organisation, Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN)Clearly the young Barack Obama had no aversion to enlisting Marxist help to further his political career.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: "But back in Chicago, the (ACORN) is more important than Iraq or Washington. ACORN and its associated Midwest Academy, both founded in the 1970s, continue to train and mobilize activists throughout the country, often using them to manipulate public opinion through "direct action." It's sometimes a code for illegal activities.
"Prior to law school, Barack Obama worked as an organizer for their affiliates in New York and Chicago. He always has been an ACORN person -- meeting and working with them to advance their causes.
"Through his membership on the board of the Woods Fund for Chicago ... Obama has helped ensure that they remain funded well. Since he graduated from law school, Obama's work with ACORN and the Midwest Academy has ranged from training and fundraising, to legal representation and promoting their work...."
New Ground 42 Sep/Oct 1995: "About 50 activists attended the Chicago New Party membership meeting in July. The purpose of the meeting was to update members on local activities and to hear appeals for NP support from four potential political candidates....
..."The political entourage included Alderman Michael Chandler, William Delgado, chief of staff for State Rep Miguel del Valle, and spokespersons for State Sen. Alice Palmer, Sonya Sanchez, chief of staff for State Sen. Jesse Garcia, who is running for State Rep in Garcia's District; and Barack Obama, chief of staff for State Sen. Alice Palmer. Obama is running for Palmer's vacant seat..."
New Ground 47 July/August 1996: "The NP's '96 Political Program has been enormously successful with 3 of 4 endorsed candidates winning electoral primaries. All four candidates attended the NP membership meeting on April 11th to express their gratitude...
"...Barack Obama, victor in the 13th State Senate District, encouraged NPers to join in his task forces on Voter Education and Voter Registration..."
From New Zeal - March 29 2007:
Now the Communist Party USA is claiming Barack Obama as its spiritual heir.Apparently, yes.
US academic Gerald Horne, a member of the editorial board of the Communist Party USA's theoretical journal, Political Affairs, wrote this piece in its latest online version.
"In Hawaii [there] was an African-American poet and journalist by the name of Frank Marshall Davis, who was certainly in the orbit of the CP – if not a member – and who was born in Kansas and spent a good deal of his adult life in Chicago, before decamping to Honolulu in 1948 at the suggestion of his good friend Paul Robeson.
"Eventually, he befriended another family – a Euro-American family – that had migrated to Honolulu from Kansas and a young woman from this family eventually had a child with a young student from Kenya East Africa who goes by the name of Barack Obama, who retracing the steps of Davis eventually decamped to Chicago.
"In his best selling memoir ‘Dreams of my Father’, the author speaks warmly of an older black poet, he identifies simply as "Frank" as being a decisive influence in helping him to find his present identity as an African-American, a people who have been the least anticommunist and the most left-leaning of any constituency in this nation –
"At some point in the future, a teacher will add to her syllabus Barack’s memoir and instruct her students to read it alongside Frank Marshall Davis’ equally affecting memoir, "Living the Blues"...
Will the CPUSA back Barack?"
From New Zeal - June 17 2007:
I'm getting a bit worried about Democratic US presidential hopeful, Barack Obama. First a senior US communist, Gerald Horne, writes an article in the CPUSA's "Political Affairs" explaining that Obama's childhood mentor, Frank Marshall Davis was a member of the Communist Party.Now it turns out that the Communist Party USA campaigned to elect Obama to the US Senate in 2004.What does the CPUSA know about Barack Obama that the rest of America doesn't?New Zeal January 11 2008 - From a letter to the Peoples Weekly World:
From the Communist Party USA's People's Weekly World 24.4.04:
"Activists from Illinois were immersed in the campaign to elect Barack Obama to the U.S. Senate. Obama won a landslide victory in the March 16 Democratic primary. If Obama wins in November, he would be only the third African American senator since Reconstruction.
“This was a historic victory. It was a victory for political independence and grassroots, coalition, and issue oriented politics over the machine and money,” said John Bachtell, Illinois CP district organizer."
"Now, beyond all the optimism I was capable of mustering, Mr. Obama won Iowa! He won in a political arena 95 percent white. It was a resounding defeat for the manipulations of the ultra-right and their right-liberal fellow travelers. Also it was a hard lesson for liberals who underestimated the political fury of the masses in these troubled times.From New Zeal January 12 2008:
"Obama’s victory was more than a progressive move; it was a dialectical leap ushering in a qualitatively new era of struggle. Marx once compared revolutionary struggle with the work of the mole, who sometimes burrows so far beneath the ground that he leaves no trace of his movement on the surface. This is the old revolutionary “mole,” not only showing his traces on the surface but also breaking through.
"The old pattern of politics as usual has been broken. It may not have happened as we expected it to happen but what matters is that it happened. The message is clear: we can and must defeat the ultra-right, by uniting the broadest possible coalition that will represent an overwhelming majority of the people in a new political dynamic. We must quickly shed yesterday’s political perspective and get in step with the march of events."
Why do the Communists love Obama so?
Barack Obama Was Endorsed by Chicago Marxists [the DSA - Democratic Socialists of America.]From New Zeal - January 19 2008:
The DSA was formed in 1983 by from a coalition of former Trotskyists, "new left" activists, ex Socialist Party and Communist Party members.
DSA is now the US's largest Marxist organisation, however its moderate name has allowed it to infiltrate other parties, including the New Party, the Working Families
Party, the Greens and particularly the Democratic Party.
DSA is strong in Chicago where it has real influence in the left wing of the Democratic Party.It was in the incestuous circles of the Chicago Democratic Party/Socialist left that the young lawyer, Barack Obama began his political career.
In March 1996 Chicago DSA endorsed four candidates for the Illinois elections, including Barack Obama:
"Chicago DSA Endorsements in the March 19th Primary Election:"
"....Barack Obama is running to gain the Democratic ballot line for Illinois Senate 13th District. The 13th District is Alice Palmer's old district, encompassing parts of Hyde Park and South Shore....Luckily, Mr. Obama does not have any opposition in the primary. His opponents have all dropped out or were ruled off the ballot.But if you would like to contribute to his campaign, make the check payable to Friends of Barack Obama, 2154 E. 71st, Chicago, IL 60649. If you would like to become involved in his campaign, call the headquarters at (312) 363-1996."
Carl Davidson is a leading US Marxist. He is former member of the '60s radical group Students for a Democratic Society and spent many years working in various Maoist organizations.From New Zeal - January 26 2008:
Around 1992 Davidson joined hundreds of former Maoists, Trotskyists and about a third of the Communist Party USA in a new Marxist coalition-the Committees of Correspondence.
Davidson remains a leading member of this organization, now known as the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism.
Davidson serves on the steering committee of the communist dominated US peace umbrella organization, United for Peace & Justice and is co-chair of the equally radical Chicagoans Against War & Injustice...
...In the mid '90s Davidson played a key role in the Chicago branch of the New Party.This was a Marxist led poltical coalition designed to endorse and elect leftist public officials.
The bulk of its members came from CoC, the equally radical Democratic Socialists of America and the US's largest militant left grass-roots organization, ACORN.
It was through the New Party that Davidson first met the aspiring Illinois State Senator, Barack Obama. Davidson was an ardent supporter of Obama for several years and helped organize the famous peace rally in Chicago in where Obama pinned his colors to the anti-Iraq war cause.
As Obama has modified his (public) anti war position in recent times, Davidson has become somewhat disillusioned with his former hero.
In early 2007 Davidson penned this piece on Obama;From the Marxism Mailing List archive
"I'm from Chicago, too, and known Obama from the time he came to the New Party to get our endorsement for his first race ever. I've been in his home, and as an IL legislator, he's helped or community technology movement a number of times.
He said all the right things to the ACORN and New Party folks, and we endorsed him, but I noticed too, that he seemed to measure every answer to questions put to him several times before coming out with it. -
The USA's largest Marxist organization, Democratic Socialists of America has consistently supported Barack Obama-particularly through its influential Chicago branch.
While Obama has mixed with DSA members for many years, socially and politically, he has only occasionally been publicly identified with DSA sponsored events.
Obama makes an apparent, if obscure reference to DSA in his 1995 autobiography "Dreams From My Father". Discussing his time studying political science at New York's Columbia University, in the early 80s, Obama reveals that he"went to socialist conferences at Cooper Union and African cultural fairs in Brooklyne.”
"Cooper Union" is the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, a privately funded college in Downtown Manhattan. For many years, from the early '80s until 2004, Cooper Union was the usual venue of the annual Socialist Scholars Conference-almost certainly what Obama was referring to.
SSC was for many years the largest socialist gathering in the USA, attracting up to 2,000 participants...
SSC was no love-in for aging hippies and peace loving "democratic" socialists.Speakers often included members of the Communist Party USA and its offshoot, the Committees of Correspondence, as well as Maoists, Trotsyists, black radicals, gay activists and radical feminists.
Barack Obama speaks of "conferences" plural, indicating his attendance was not the result of accident or youthful curiosity....
....In 1988 Obama left Chicago to study at Harvard Law School. He returned in 1992 and in 1996 he ran for Illinois State Senate with the endorsement of DSA - Democratic Socialists of America.
That endorsement was partially earned by Obama's performance at a DSA sponsored forum held at Chicago University in early 1996.
From Chicago DSA's New Ground March 1996
"Over three hundred people attended the first of two Town Meetings on Economic Insecurity on February 25 in Ida Noyes Hall at the University of Chicago. Entitled "Employment and Survival in Urban America", the meeting was sponsored by the UofC DSA Youth Section, Chicago DSA and University Democrats.
"The panelists were Toni Preckwinkle, Alderman of Chicago's 4th Ward; Barack Obama, candidate for the 13th Illinois Senate District; Professor William Julius Wilson, Center for the Study of Urban Inequality at the University of Chicago..."
Toni Preckwinkle and William Julius Wison ...have links to DSA. Michael Dawson has been a leader of the DSA and Communist Party infiltrated Black Radical Congress.
Barack Obama's flirtation with DSA seems to have begun in the early '80s and may continue to this day.