Frank Smith is a left-of-center political activist who currently works as senior political advisor to the Democracy Alliance, a liberal donors’ convening that calls itself “the largest network of donors dedicated to building the progressive movement in the United States.” 
Smith previously served as an Assistant District Attorney in Boston, Massachusetts. He also worked on several political campaigns, including two presidential elections, and has been involved with a variety of left-of-center groups.  He spoke on a panel at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. 
In July 2002, Smith released Making a Killing: HMOs and the Threat to Your Health together with left-wing activist Jamie Court. The book criticizes health maintenance organizations (HMOs) and claimed that HMO policies of the 1990s were resulting in the unnecessary deaths of ill people. 
In January 2003, Smith and Court co-authored an article for the left-wing organization Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) in which they attacked then-incoming Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) for his ties to corporate health care. PNHP supported a government-controlled single-payer health care system. 
The Alliance is not a tax-exempt nonprofit group, so it does not have to release its tax returns, and it does not disclose its donors or members. A memo from the group says that “many of our donors choose not to participate publicly,” and that “the DA exists to provide a comfortable environment” for its donors. 
2008 Democratic Convention
In 2008, Smith spoke at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado. He was part of a panel about state-level coordination and infrastructure by big-donor liberals, especially those coordinated by Democracy Alliance.