By: Trevor Loudon
New Zeal

Mark Ritchie File 2 here.

You can tell a lot about a politician’s true allegiances by identifying who funds him.

Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie poses as a moderate, but is in fact a hard core leftist with ties to several socialist organizations.

This becomes important, because part of Ritchie’s job is to oversee electoral recounts. In 2009, Ritchie gave a crucial Senate seat to leftist and former comedian Al Franken, though his Republican opponent was ahead on election night.

Soon Ritchie will oversee a recount that could put his long time colleague and fellow leftist Mark Dayton into the Minnesota Governor’s mansion.

In the knife edge world of U.S. politics, every seat counts.

That is why the left, feeling cheated after George Bush won the 2004 presidential election (after controversial recounts in Florida), established the Secretary of State Project, to fund and elect leftist Secretaries of State. Mark Ritchie was one of the first to benefit from this initiative.

A look at Ritchie’s funder’s lists for his 2006 and 2010 Secretary of State campaigns, reveals a whole host of interesting names.

There are members of America’s largest Marxist organization Democratic Socialists of America, founders of Ritchie’s old socialist New Party and leading members of the Communist Party USA (not surprising given Ritchie’s high level contacts with that group).

Others are affiliated with high level leftist think tanks and “non profits” such as the Center for American Progress, Institute for Policy Studies, Democracy Alliance and the Tides Center.

There are also several leaders of the anti-Israel, socialist infiltrated organization, JStreet.

A couple of pro-Cuban activists appear on the list, as does a former associate of the infamous Weathermen.

Others who wrote out checks to Mark Ritchie’s campaign include a former Vice President of the United States and the man who “broke the bank of England.”

Several keen Barack Obama supporters also pop up.

Ritchie’s 2006 funders list includes:

2010 added more interesting names to the list:

Why would some of America’s leading radicals write checks to support an obscure Secretary of State race in Minnesota?

Would they have supported someone who didn’t think like them? Someone who wouldn’t see politics the same way they do?

Many of the radicals who backed Mark Ritchie – the Communist Party USA, Democratic Socialists of America and George Soros, are using the Democratic Party as a front to take power in America.

These people want Democrats, preferably “progressive” Democrats, to win every possible race, at every level. A sympathetic Secretary of State can be very helpful to this agenda.

Would these radicals have financed Mark Ritchie if they couldn’t trust him to give them what they want?