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Center for
American Progress

Created by the Democratic National Committee, developed by a secret White House brain trust, and initially funded by the George Soros / Herb Sandler / Hillary Clinton money lists, the Center for American Progress is an echo chamber for the Democratic Party and left-wing politics in general. A favorite source of NPR (National Public Radio) stories.



Center for American Progress

1333 H Street, NW
10th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
2008 Income: $28,638,475
2008 Assets: $28,499,041

www.americanprogress.org
Phone:
(202) 682-1611
Fax: (202) 682-1867

Email contact:
anixon@americanprogress.org
EIN:
11-6107128
Founded:
October 3, 2002 as the American Majority Institute [501(c)(3)] with companion lobbying group, the American Majority Fund [501(c)(4)].
Re-named: October 24, 2003 as the Center for American Progress  [501(c)(3)] with companion lobbying group Center for American Progress Action Fund [501(c)(4)].

Exempt since: 2003

Center for American Progress relationships are mapped on Muckety.

Self-Description: The Center for American Progress is a think tank dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through ideas and actions. We shape the national debate. We share our point of view with everyone who can put our ideas into practice and effect positive change. That means online, on campus, in the media, on the shop floor, in faith communities, and in the boardroom.

Actual: Power and pressure front group for the Democratic Party created by a secret "brain trust" within the Democratic National Committee and developed specifically to promote Democrat ideas and candidates. Documentation in Ron Arnold's "Freezing in the Dark."

Brief history:
The Center for American Progress began as a way to cope with the new funding restrictions of the McCain-Feingold Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act. Its construction team was assembled by Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe.

TERRY McAULIFFE Longtime fundraiser and political advisor for the Democratic Party. He was chairman, Democratic National Committee (2001-2005); Co-Chairman of President Clinton's 1996 re-election campaign; also chairman of the 2008 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. He lost the 2009 Virginia Democratic gubernatorial nomination. In October 2002, McAuliffe created a secret brain trust of seven experienced operatives to solve the problem of campaign funding limits, which limits benefitted Republicans and hurt Democrats.

Terry McAuliffe's relations are mapped on Muckety.
 

McAuliffe's 2002 brain trust:

HAROLD ICKES Leading consultant to the Democratic National Committee through his Washington, D.C.-based firm, The Ickes & Enright Group. He was Clinton White House Deputy Chief of Staff 1994-1996. He had been a tough labor lawyer with Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, whose union clients had been linked with four Mafia crime families. A very rough customer by all accounts.

Harold Ickes' relations are mapped on Muckety. 
Ickes & Enright Group's relations are mapped on Muckety. 
Meyer Suozzi English & Klein's relations are mapped on Muckety. 

JOHN PODESTA Clinton White House Chief of Staff, hard-working, at ease with Republicans and Democrats, rare sense of humor, low tolerance of nonsense, mean and surly only when necessary. A fan of TV's The X Files and loves roller coasters. Easily one of America's  smartest political operatives. Barack Obama's Transition Team Leader, recruited from his job as head of CAP.

John Podesta's relations are mapped on Muckety. 


 DOUG SOSNIK
 Clinton White
 House Political
 Director

 MINYON
 MOORE
 DNC Chief
 Operating
 Officer

 JOSH
 WACHS
 
DNC Chief
 of
 Staff

 JOE
 SANDLER
 
DNC General
 Counsel       


Michael Whouley

consultant
 

Ickes and Podesta quickly brought in Morton Halperin, Ph.D., who operated the Washington, D.C. office of George Soros' Open Society Institute. Halperin had been a senior fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations, and a senior staff member of the National Security Council under Presidents Nixon and Clinton. He had been Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Johnson administration, but held views far to the left of most political appointees.

Morton Halperin's relations are mapped on Muckety. 
George Soros's relations are mapped on Muckety.   

Ultimately, it was Podesta and Halperin who created the American Majority Institute in 2002 and re-named it the Center for American Progress in 2003. George Soros pledged $3 million in startup money, and the Sandlers, Herb and Marion, gave $500,000 for startup and $2 million the next year. Both Podesta and Halperin served as officers of the new think tank, Podesta as President and CEO, Halperin as Vice President.

Herb Sandler's relations are mapped on Muckety. 

Up and Running:

The new CAP failed to Dump Bush in the 2004 election, but had significant impact on the 2006 Democratic congressional victories. It was a major factor in the 2008 elections, and Podesta ran one of the most successful transition teams in American political history, despite failures in vetting a few cabinet officers and other public embarrassments. Podesta filled literally hundreds of key administration positions with left wing true believers, many of whom are far to the left of President Obama.

Podesta's Center also hosts a number of unemployed hard-core leftists, including disgraced former Obama administration "Green Jobs Czar" Van Jones, giving him employment as Senior Fellow for the "Green Opportunity Initiative." Jones was outed by Fox News icon Glenn Beck for youthful remarks about being a communist (he was never a party member), calling Republicans who thwarted Obama "assholes" on an embarrassing YouTube video, and signing the "Truther Petition" in the New York Times claiming President Bush knew in advance about 9/11.

Van Jones's relations are mapped on Muckety.

MUCKETY MAP OF CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS RELATIONS
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Center for American Progress
 financial condition 2008

 Revenue     Expenses
Contributions $28,045,367
Government Grants $0
Program Services $71,695
Investments $478,270
Special Events ($81,726)
Sales $0
Other $124,869

 

Program Services $24,080,475
Administration $1,599,860
Other $661,036
Total Expenditures $26,341,371
Total Revenue $28,638,475   NET GAIN/LOSS $2,297,104

Center for American Progress Officers and Directors 2007

Name Title Compensation
JOHN PODESTA DIRECTOR, PRESIDENT, AND CEO $234,041
MELODY BARNES EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT FOR POLICY $208,040
SARAH ROSEN WARTELL EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT FOR MANAGEMENT $199,266
MARION SANDLER DIRECTOR $0
CHERYL MILLS DIRECTOR $0
RICHARD C. LEONE DIRECTOR $0
HANSJORG WYSS DIRECTOR $0
ARYEH NEIER DIRECTOR $0
CAROL M. BROWNER DIRECTOR $0
PETER B. LEWIS DIRECTOR $0

Five Highest Paid Employees - 2006

Name Title Compensation
LAURA NICHOLS SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT COMMUNICATION & STRATEGY $202,515
LAWRENCE KORB SENIOR FELLOW $174,708
GAYLE SMITH SENIOR FELLOW $163,789
DEBRA GOLDBERG SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT DEVELOPMENT $163,044
RALPH S. LILLY SENIOR FELLOW $160,965

 Foundation grants to Center for American Progress 2003-2008

Grant Total:  Number of Grants: 

 

Donor Foundation
 

Amount

Year

Grant Description

ENFRANCHISEMENT FOUNDATION
Washington
Dist Of Columbia

$20,000

2008

 

TRIO FOUNDATION
New York
New York

$15,000

2007

 

KAHN CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
Boston
Massachusetts

$10,000

2007

 

ABELOW FAMILY FOUNDATION
New York
New York

$5,000

2007

 

ABELOW FAMILY FOUNDATION
New York
New York

$5,000

2007

 

MAAK FOUNDATION
Homewood
Illinois

$10,000

2007

 

SAN FRANCISCO FOUNDATION
San Francisco
California

$50,000

2007

For general support

SAN FRANCISCO FOUNDATION
San Francisco
California

$50,000

2007

For general support

SAN FRANCISCO FOUNDATION
San Francisco
California

$50,000

2007

For general support

THE PHILIP D & TAMMY S MURPHY FOUNDATION
New York
New York

$50,000

2007

 

THE PHILIP D & TAMMY S MURPHY FOUNDATION
New York
New York

$100,000

2007

 

THE PHILIP D & TAMMY S MURPHY FOUNDATION
New York
New York

$50,000

2007

 

RAPPAPORT FAMILY FOUNDATION
San Francisco
California

$350,000

2007

General operating support

ROSE FOUNDATION
Boston
Massachusetts

$25,000

2007

Policy advocacy

ENFRANCHISEMENT FOUNDATION
Washington
Dist Of Columbia

$20,000

2007

 

KANTER FAMILY FOUNDATION
Vienna
Virginia

$25,000

2007

Support for education

BOSTON FOUNDATION INC
Boston
Massachusetts

$20,000

2007

Villers fund

BOSTON FOUNDATION INC
Boston
Massachusetts

$35,000

2007

Barbara Lee Family Foundation

BOSTON FOUNDATION INC
Boston
Massachusetts

$35,000

2007

Rodgers community fund

PETER AND LINDA SOLOMON FOUNDATION
New York
New York

$40,000

2007

 

ALTMAN/KAZICKAS FOUNDATION
New York
New York

$50,000

2007

 

JULIAN PRICE FAMILY FOUNDATION
Winston Salem
North Carolina

$5,000

2007

 

DWOSKIN FAMILY FOUNDATION
Wilmington
Delaware

$12,500

2007

 

GLASER PROGRESS FOUNDATION
Seattle
Washington

$1,481,200

2007

Progressive education project

GLASER PROGRESS FOUNDATION
Seattle
Washington

$160,000

2007

Campus progress

THE DEUTSCH FOUNDATION
Los Angeles
California

$5,000

2007

 

GILL FOUNDATION
Denver
Colorado

$25,000

2006

Event sponsorship of CAP dinner

STEPHEN M SILBERSTEIN FOUNDATION
Belvedere
California

$250,000

2006

Support research & education in economics

WILLIAM & FLORA HEWLETT FOUNDATION
Menlo Park
California

$100,000

2006

For assessing extended learning time programs on student performance

DAVID FAMILY FOUNDATION INC
Los Angeles
California

$10,000

2006

 

BLUM FAMILY FOUNDATION
San Francisco
California

$100,000

2006

 

DWOSKIN FAMILY FOUNDATION
Wilmington
Delaware

$12,500

2006

 

ANNIE E CASEY FOUNDATION
Baltimore
Maryland

$31,500

2006

Support the work of policy innovation in education network and the center

LELAND FIKES FOUNDATION INC
Dallas
Texas

$50,000

2006

General support

ARKAY FOUNDATION
Pacific Grove
California

$30,000

2006

General Support

GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT PROJECT INSTITUTE INC
Pacific Palisades
California

$50,000

2006

General support

FURMAN FOUNDATION INC
New York
New York

$10,000

2006

To support general operation

PETER AND LINDA SOLOMON FOUNDATION
New York
New York

$40,000

2006

 

KAHN CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
Boston
Massachusetts

$25,000

2006

 

THE A.M. FUND
Boston
Massachusetts

$25,000

2006

 

ALAN D & SUSAN LEWIS SOLOMONT FAMILY FOUNDATION
Boston
Massachusetts

$5,000

2006

 

POPPLESTONE FOUNDATION
Boston
Massachusetts

$300,000

2006

 

GENERAL MOTORS FOUNDATION INC
Detroit
Michigan

$35,000

2006

 

BELDON FUND
New York
New York

$10,000

2006

 

BELDON FUND
New York
New York

$10,000

2006

 

LEWIS B & DOROTHY CULLMAN FOUNDATION INC
New York
New York

$100,000

2006

 

WALLACE GLOBAL FUND
Washington
Dist Of Columbia

$50,000

2006

Support for faith in public life resource center's building progressive faith infrastructure increasing civic participation retaking public debate

WALLACE GLOBAL FUND
Washington
Dist Of Columbia

$32,000

2006

General support for the faith and public life resource center

KANTER FAMILY FOUNDATION
Vienna
Virginia

$58,000

2006

Support for education

THE IRVING HARRIS FOUNDATION
Chicago
Illinois

$150,000

2006

Institute support

JOYCE FOUNDATION
Chicago
Illinois

$99,904

2006

To develop and promote strategies to redesign teacher compensation systems so that In time all students will be taught by high-quality teachers.

COYDOG FOUNDATION
Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania

$150,000

2006

Institutional support

LEON LEVY FOUNDATION
New York
New York

$25,000

2006

Unrestricted Operating Support

PLACE FUND
Cleveland
Ohio

$651,735

2006

General support

THE AGNES GUND FOUNDATION
E Liverpool
Ohio

$175,000

2006

 

SAGNER FAMILY FOUNDATION A NON PROFIT CORP
Livingston
New Jersey

$25,000

2006

Progressive ideas for a strong America

THE RESOURCE FOUNDATION INC
New York
New York

$25,000

2006

General purposes

LOTUS FOUNDATION
Evanston
Illinois

$30,000

2006

Operational support

RUESCH FAMILY FOUNDATION
Pennington
New Jersey

$50,000

2006

General operating

NATHAN CUMMINGS FOUNDATION
New York
New York

$100,000

2006

Faith in public life

BAYTREE FUND
Arcadia
California

$40,000

2006

Student challenge awards program

BAUMAN FAMILY FOUNDATION
Washington
Dist Of Columbia

$10,000

2006

General support

THE BRODSKY FAMILY FOUNDATION
New York
New York

$5,000

2006

 

MILLER-SWEEZY CHARITABLE TRUST
New York
New York

$10,000

2006

 

MARGARET AND RICHARD LIPMANSON FOUNDATION
New York
New York

$250,000

2006

 

OPEN SOCIETY INSTITUTE
New York
New York

$110,000

2006

General support

OPEN SOCIETY INSTITUTE
New York
New York

$250,000

2006

To support Campus progress

OLIVE BRIDGE FUND INC
New York
New York

$5,000

2006

 

MAAK FOUNDATION
Homewood
Illinois

$10,000

2006

 

WOLFENSOHN FAMILY FOUNDATION
New York
New York

$10,000

2006

 

ROCKEFELLER FAMILY FUND INC
New York
New York

$10,000

2005

 

OPEN SOCIETY INSTITUTE
New York
New York

$150,000

2005

To support the creation of the faith and public life resource center

ABELOW FAMILY FOUNDATION
New York
New York

$10,000

2005

General purpose

ROCKEFELLER BROTHERS FUND INC
New York
New York

$50,000

2005

For its Agricultural Subsidies, Trade and Energy Program

SAN FRANCISCO FOUNDATION
San Francisco
California

$100,000

2005

For general support

SAN FRANCISCO FOUNDATION
San Francisco
California

$100,000

2005

For general support

ROBERT S KAPLAN FOUNDATION
New York
New York

$25,000

2005

 

SHELLEY & DONALD RUBIN FOUNDATION INC
New York
New York

$10,000

2005

 

WOLFENSOHN FAMILY FOUNDATION
New York
New York

$10,000

2005

 

BAYTREE FUND
Arcadia
California

$75,000

2005

General support

THE FELIX AND ELIZABETH ROHATYN FOUNDATION
New York
New York

$20,000

2005

 

NATHAN CUMMINGS FOUNDATION
New York
New York

$100,000

2005

The Message Project

NATHAN CUMMINGS FOUNDATION
New York
New York

$50,000

2005

 

NATHAN CUMMINGS FOUNDATION
New York
New York

$250,000

2005

Get Ready - Reconstructing the Gulf: Global Warming Preparedness

RAPPAPORT FAMILY FOUNDATION
San Francisco
California

$350,000

2005

 

COYDOG FOUNDATION
Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania

$150,000

2005

Institutional support

JOYCE FOUNDATION
Chicago
Illinois

$98,560

2005

To develop and promote strategies to redesign teacher compensation systems so that in time all students will be taught by high-quality teachers. (2 yrs)

THE IRVING HARRIS FOUNDATION
Chicago
Illinois

$150,000

2005

Institutional support

THE MCKAY FOUNDATION
San Francisco
California

$25,000

2005

 

WALLACE GLOBAL FUND
Washington
Dist Of Columbia

$100,000

2005

 

WALLACE GLOBAL FUND
Washington
Dist Of Columbia

$86,500

2005

 

SAN FRANCISCO FOUNDATION
San Francisco
California

$25,000

2005

For general support

BELDON FUND
New York
New York

$10,000

2005

 

IDM FOUNDATION
Kalamazoo
Michigan

$5,000

2005

 

POPPLESTONE FOUNDATION
Boston
Massachusetts

$300,000

2005

General use

ALAN D & SUSAN LEWIS SOLOMONT FAMILY FOUNDATION
Boston
Massachusetts

$5,000

2005

 

THE NEW YORK COMMUNITY TRUST
New York
New York

$501,450

2005

 

AARON FOUNDATION
Boston
Massachusetts

$30,000

2005

 

LUCKY STAR FOUNDATION
New York
New York

$50,000

2005

 

THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION SERVING BOULDER COUNTY
Boulder
Colorado

$10,000

2005

 

BRIDGEWAY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
Houston
Texas

$10,000

2005

Genocide intervention fund

TIDES FOUNDATION
San Francisco
California

$530,000

2005

 

LELAND FIKES FOUNDATION INC
Dallas
Texas

$100,000

2005

General support

LELAND FIKES FOUNDATION INC
Dallas
Texas

$50,000

2005

To support the Faith and Public Resource Center

MARTY & DOROTHY SILVERMAN FOUNDATION
New York
New York

$13,500

2005

 

JULIAN PRICE FAMILY FOUNDATION
Winston Salem
North Carolina

$5,000

2005

 

CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
Los Angeles
California

$10,000

2005

 

SANDLER FAMILY SUPPORTING FOUNDATION
San Francisco
California

$2,650,000

2005

 

STEPHEN M SILBERSTEIN FOUNDATION
Belvedere
California

$250,000

2005

Support research & education in economics

SANDLER FAMILY SUPPORTING FOUNDATION
San Francisco
California

$2,500,000

2004

 

STEPHEN M SILBERSTEIN FOUNDATION
Belvedere
California

$250,000

2004

Support research & education in economics

SANDLER FAMILY SUPPORTING FOUNDATION
San Francisco
California

$2,000,000

2004

 

MIRIAM AND PETER HAAS FUND
San Francisco
California

$100,000

2004

General operating support

MIRIAM AND PETER HAAS FUND
San Francisco
California

$50,000

2004

General operating support

BANKY LA ROCQUE FOUNDATION
Commerce
California

$5,000

2004

 

JULIAN PRICE FAMILY FOUNDATION
Winston Salem
North Carolina

$5,000

2004

 

MARISLA FOUNDATION
Laguna Beach
California

$1,000,000

2004

US policy research and education

THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION SERVING BOULDER COUNTY
Boulder
Colorado

$325,000

2004

Support for Civic Projects

THE IRVING HARRIS FOUNDATION
Chicago
Illinois

$150,000

2004

Institutional support

MILLER-SWEEZY CHARITABLE TRUST
New York
New York

$10,000

2004

 

ROCKEFELLER PHILANTHROPY ADVISORS INC
New York
New York

$50,000

2004

Civic affairs

AARON FOUNDATION
Boston
Massachusetts

$30,000

2004

 

THE BRODSKY FAMILY FOUNDATION
New York
New York

$6,000

2004

 

POPPLESTONE FOUNDATION
Boston
Massachusetts

$300,000

2004

General use

TIDES FOUNDATION
San Francisco
California

$25,000

2004

 

1661 FOUNDATION
Newton
Massachusetts

$6,000

2004

General support

GEORGE GUND FOUNDATION
Cleveland
Ohio

$6,500

2004

Ohio field hearing on early childhood education

THE PENINSULA FOUNDATION
E Liverpool
Ohio

$750,000

2004

 

SPRUCE STREET FOUNDATION
Princeton
New Jersey

$100,000

2004

Progressive ideas for a strong, just and free America

STEWART R MOTT CHARITABLE TRUST
Washington
Dist Of Columbia

$5,000

2004

 

THE FELIX AND ELIZABETH ROHATYN FOUNDATION
New York
New York

$25,000

2004

General support

THE PHILIP D & TAMMY S MURPHY FOUNDATION
New York
New York

$100,000

2004

For general purposes

ROCKEFELLER BROTHERS FUND INC
New York
New York

$150,000

2004

To its foreign policy department

ROCKEFELLER BROTHERS FUND INC
New York
New York

$5,000

2004

To support its work with the institute for public policy research in the UK and the Australia Institute to create a high-level international taskforce on climate change

ROBERT E & JUDITH O RUBIN FOUNDATION
Chicago
Illinois

$50,000

2004

 

THE NEW YORK COMMUNITY TRUST
New York
New York

$775,000

2004

 

ROCKEFELLER FAMILY FUND INC
New York
New York

$12,500

2004

General support

KAHN CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
Boston
Massachusetts

$50,000

2004

General support

FURMAN FOUNDATION INC
New York
New York

$10,000

2004

 

KENBE FOUNDATION
New York
New York

$50,000

2004

Support to promote a strong just and free America

ROCKEFELLER FAMILY FUND INC
New York
New York

$25,000

2003

General support

M D ANDERSON FOUNDATION
Houston
Texas

$200,000

2003

Construction of new headquarters

JON S CORZINE FOUNDATION
New York
New York

$25,000

2003

 

THE PENINSULA FOUNDATION
E Liverpool
Ohio

$250,000

2003

General Support

COYDOG FOUNDATION
Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania

$75,000

2003

Institutional support

THE IRVING HARRIS FOUNDATION
Chicago
Illinois

$125,000

2003

Institutional support

POPPLESTONE FOUNDATION
Boston
Massachusetts

$250,000

2003

General Use

THE BRODSKY FAMILY FOUNDATION
New York
New York

$5,000

2003

 

THE NEW YORK COMMUNITY TRUST
New York
New York

$300,000

2003

 

JEROME LEVY FOUNDATION
New York
New York

$500,000

2003

General Support

STEPHEN M SILBERSTEIN FOUNDATION
Belvedere
California

$200,000

2003

Support Research & Education in Economics

GLASER PROGRESS FOUNDATION
Seattle
Washington

$250,000

2003

Independent Media Initiative

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