At least he features himself as such naming one of his creations "Emerald Cities" Founder of the New Party, COWS, the Apollo Alliance, Green For All, Emerald Cities Original mastermind of the green economy Lets see where his money comes from first. In 1995 Rogers won a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, nicknamed the Genius Award. Meanwhile, his COWS group continued to flourish, receiving the funding of George Soros Open Society Institute, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Carolyn Foundation, the Garfield Foundation, Living Cities, the Surdna Foundation, the Wallace Global Fund, and the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=2460 Who is he connected too? [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfy7Pz-6OPU&feature=player_embedded]YouTube - Van Jones Praises Joel Rogers[/ame] Apollo Alliance - KeyWiki Green For All - KeyWiki The New Party Marxist political coalition Was active from 1992-1998 Endorsed Barack Obama for Illinois state senate seat in 1996 Co-founded in 1992 by Daniel Cantor (a former staffer for Jesse Jackson's 1988 presidential campaign) and Joel Rogers (a sociology and law professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison), the New Party was a Marxist political coalition whose objective was to endorse and elect leftist public officials -- most often Democrats. The New Partys short-term objective was to move the Democratic Party leftward, thereby setting the stage for the eventual rise of new Marxist third party. After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against electoral fusion in 1997, the New Party closed its doors permanently, although it was reinvented in 1998 by Joel Rogers partner, Daniel Cantor, as the Working Families Party, which became a powerful front group for ACORN. Rogers lamented that in no state are there functional majorities of self-consciously progressive elected officials, working together off a visible, coherent program of progressive economic, social and political reform, linked systematically to outside progressive forces. That is what the right is building on its side, and what we need to build on ours. Rogers calls for progressives to place their own candidates inside government, candidates that will systematically follow the agenda of outside progressive forces to engineer radical change in America. It is becoming increasingly clear that Barack Obama did not create a movement. A movement created Barack Obama. One of the key leaders of that movement is a Madison, Wisconsin, law professor and sociologist - Joel Rogers. New Zeal: Obama File 102 America's Little Lenin? Joel Rogers and the Obama Movement.