On Thursday evening, the group No Labels Foundation will be sponsoring a meet-up between Bill Gates and some 80 senators, as well as New York Times quasi-conservative columnist David Brooks. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), who co-chairs the group, will open the event; Politico speculates that Bill Gates’ attendance was made possible by the fact that No Labels co-founder Nancy Jacobsen is married to the executive vice president and chief strategy officer for Microsoft, Mark Penn.
The No Labels Foundation bills itself as a group devoted to political unity. Its website states:
No Labels and the No Labels Foundation believe we have a solution to this crippling dysfunction and gridlock. And, we are promoting a compelling and realistic plan to nurse our government and our nation back to health.
No Labels’ plan is to put together “problem solvers” to come up with bipartisan solutions. Some of those solutions include cutting Congressional pay until a budget is passed, moving to a two-year budgeting process, and creating a Commission for Government Transformation to advise on how to change government to make it more efficient. The group’s anthem was co-written by Akon. Major politicians involved with the group include New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman.