By Aaron Klein
Prior to her appointment yesterday as the next director of President Obama’s Domestic Policy Council, longtime immigration reform advocate Cecilia Muñoz served on the board of George Soros’ Open Society Institute.
Muñoz also chaired the board of directors of the Center for Community Change, or CCC, a Soros-funded community organizing initiative whose board boasts activists from ACORN, MoveOn.org as well as other notorious radical groups.
Muñoz is currently serving as the head of the White House office of intergovernmental affairs. She most recently worked for the National Council of la Raza, an open-borders group that lobbies for mass immigration and amnesty for illegal aliens.
The official White House statement announcing her new appointment yesterday noted Muñoz’s previous work for both the CCC and Soros’ Institute.
“Ms. Muñoz is the former Chair of the Board of Center for Community Change, and served on the U.S. Programs Board of the Open Society Institute,” the statement read.
“Over the past three years, Cecilia has been a trusted advisor who has demonstrated sound judgment day in and day out,” Obama in the press release. “Cecilia has done an extraordinary job working on behalf of middle class families, and I’m confident she’ll bring the same unwavering dedication to her new position.”
Muñoz’s new duties will include coordinating the policy-making process and supervise the execution of domestic policy in the White House.
While the White House release documented Muñoz’s work for the CCC, the statement did not further define the CCC, which recruits and trains activists to spearhead “political issue campaigns” while advocating for more citizen involvement in community organizations.
Muñoz worked at the CCC until late November 2008, when then President-elect Obama announced Muñoz had been selected for the position of director of intergovernmental affairs at the White House
The CCC bases its training programs on the techniques taught by radical organizer Saul Alinsky, with several prominent Alinskytes gracing the board that Muñoz directed.
One such activist on CCC’s board is Heather Booth, founder of the the Midwest Academy, which openly trains activists in Alinsky tactics.
Citizen Action of Wisconsin, an arm of Booth’s Midwest Academy, is part of the Moving Wisconsin Forward movement, one of the main organizers of the major Wisconsin protests last February. The protests were in opposition to Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal for most state workers to pay 12 percent of their health care premiums and 5.8 percent of their salary toward their own pensions.
The Woods Fund, a Chicago nonprofit on which Obama served as paid director alongside Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers, provided money to the Midwest Academy.
As KleinOnline previously reported, the executive director of Midwest Academy was part of the team that developed and delivered a group of volunteers for Obama’s 2008 campaign.
The CCC board, meanwhile, includes Arlene Holt Baker, executive vice president of the AFL-CIO; Tom Chabolla, assistant to SEIU president Mary Kay Henry; and Justin Ruben, executive director of MoveOn.org.
CCC’s executive director is Deepak Bhargava, a strong supporter of Obama, who for ten years worked his way around ACORN before leading the CCC starting in 2002.
Bhargava is an editorial board member for the Nation magazine and a National Advisory Board member of Soros’ Open Society Institute.
That same Open Society Institute has provided funding to the CCC as has the Tides Center, which is heavily financed by Soros.
The CCC, in conjunction with the Tides Advocacy Fund, also operates the website of Campaign to Reform Immigration for America.
Tides functions as a money tunnel where major leftist donors provide large sums that are channeled to hundreds of radical groups.
Tides recently has been closely linked to Occupy since the anti-Wall Street movement’s inception. The Tides-funded Adbusters magazine is reported to have come up with the Occupy Wall Street idea after Arab Spring protests toppled governments in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia. The Adbusters website serves as a central hub for Occupy’s planning.
The Tides-funded Ruckus Society has been providing direct-action training to Occupy protesters as well as official training resources, including manuals, to Occupy training groups. Ruckus, which helped spark the 1999 World Trade Organization riots in Seattle, was also listed as a “friend and partner” of the Occupy Days of Action in October.
Another grantee of Tides is MoveOn.org, which has joined Occupy.
Tides also funds hundreds of other far-left causes. It was a primary financier to ACORN.