- Each morning at 8:45 a.m., officials from more than 20 labor, environmental and other Democratic-leaning groups take part in a private conference call hosted by two liberal Washington organizations.
The “8:45 call,” as it is referred to by participants, marks “a new level in coordination by the White House’s allies,” Politico.com reports …(The “call”) is hosted by Progressive Media, a project of the Center for American Progress (CAP) Action Fund and the Media Matters Action Fund. No White House officials take part in the call.
CAP President John Podesta and senior vice president for communications Jennifer Palmieri were “in the White House during the Clinton years, and we didn’t have a coordinated echo chamber on the outside backing us up,” Palmieri told Politico.
“There’s a real interest on the progressive side for groups to want to coordinate with each other and leverage each other’s work in a way I haven’t ever seen before.”…
“There’s a coordination in terms of exposing the people who are trying to come out against reform,” Jacki Schechner, national communications director for healthcare reform proponents Health Care for America, told Politico…“They’ve all got backgrounds and histories and pasts, and it’s not taking long to unearth that and to unleash that, because we’re all working together.”