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Secret Donors to Progressive Groups Revealed

October 5th 2017

One Million Dollars

Secret donors to a powerful "resistance" organization that is opposed to President Donald Trump were revealed in unredacted tax forms. The Center for Community Change Action, a Washington, D.C.-based community organizing group that does not reveal its donors, has been involved in direct action against the president and the GOP since before the November 2016 elections, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

WFP examined the organization’s unredacted 2015 tax forms that reveal its funding sources for millions of dollars of donations. A few major liberal foundations, organizations, and labor unions are the main sources of funding. The biggest contribution came from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in the amount of $3 million. The Ford Foundation, which is no longer affiliated with the Ford Motor Co, kicked in $2.35 million. Controlled by George Soros, the Open Society Foundation gave $1.75 million.

Lesser donors were the Marguerite Casey Foundation ($515,00), Fidelity Charitable Gift ($505,100), the California Endowment ($524,500), and the National Immigration Law Center ($316,000).

Donors to the Center for Community Change Action, the "social welfare" (c)(4) arm of the group, in 2015 included Every Citizen Counts ($1,750,000): the George Soros-affiliated Open Society Policy Center ($1,475,000), the progressive Sixteen Thirty Fund ($610,000); Center for Community Change ($150,000); Services Employees International Union (SEIU) ($150,000), among others.

Members of the group sit on advisory boards of other prominent progressive groups. For example, Deepak Bhargava, the executive director of the Center for Community Change, is also on the advisory board of George Soros's Open Society Foundation.

The "Families Fight Back" voter campaign was launched during the 2016 presidential election by the Center for Community Change Action, the Latino Victory Project, and America's Voice, a pro-immigration group. Soros was for several months the sole funding source of Immigrant Voters Win PAC, which was part of the "Families Fight Back" campaign.

The Emergent Fund, a fund that consists of the Solidaire Network, the Threshold Foundation, and the Woman's Donor Network, claims a goal of pushing back against "immediate threats" to "immigrants, women, Muslim and Arab-American communities, black people, LGBTQ communities, and all people of color." Charlene Sinclair, the director of reinvestment at the Center for Community Change, is on the board of directors of the Emergent Fund. The Emergent Fund has provided grants to Black Lives Matter, and Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative.


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