The Democratic establishment, its donor class, and the party’s strategy has been a regular subject of Bouie’s columns and of his political analysis on CBS News, where he is a frequent guest on the network’s flagship Sunday program Face the Nation. While Democracy Alliance is not formally affiliated with the Democratic Party, it describes itself as the “largest network of donors dedicated to building the progressive movement in the United States.” The group gathered in Washington, D.C., last week for its fall investment conference to map out its upcoming agenda and investment strategies for the 2020 election.
Bouie helped kick off the conference with a conversation with Democracy Alliance senior adviser Julie Kohler. He told the Washington Free Beacon that he discussed a recent essay for the Times’ 1619 project, which aims to “reframe the country’s history, understanding 1619 as our true founding, and placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are.”
Bouie did not respond to questions about whether he had received approval from the New York Times and CBS News to participate in the event or whether he was paid for his services. Gara LaMarche, president of the Democracy Alliance, did not respond to an inquiry by press time. The New York Times did not respond to questions on Bouie’s appearance. CBS News declined to comment.