Center for American Progress
|Founded||October 24, 2003|
|Type||Public policy think tank|
The Center for American Progress (CAP) is a progressive public policy research and advocacy organization which presents a liberal viewpoint on economic and social issues. It has its headquarters in Washington, D.C.
The president and chief executive officer of CAP is Neera Tanden, who worked for the Obama and Clinton administrations and for Hillary Clinton's campaigns. The first president and CEO was John Podesta, who has served as White House Chief of Staff to U.S. President Bill Clinton and as the chairman of the 2016 presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton. Podesta remained with the organization as chairman of the board until he joined the Obama White House staff in December 2013. Tom Daschle is the current chairman.
The Center for American Progress has a youth-engagement organization, Generation Progress, and a sister advocacy organization, the Center for American Progress Action Fund (CAPAF). Citing Podesta's influence in the formation of the Obama Administration, a November 2008 article in Time stated that "not since the Heritage Foundation helped guide Ronald Reagan's transition in 1981 has a single outside group held so much sway".
- 1 History and mission
- 2 Activities
- 3 Policies
- 4 Criticism
- 5 Funding
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
History and mission
Since its inception, the center has assembled a group of high-profile senior fellows, including Lawrence Korb, Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Ronald Reagan; Gene Sperling, Director of the National Economic Council under Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama; Ruy Teixeira, political scientist and author of The Emerging Democratic Majority; and, most recently, former Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle and Elizabeth Edwards, late wife of former presidential candidate and former U.S. Senator from North Carolina John Edwards. Sarah Rosen Wartell, a co-founder and executive vice-president of the center, has been named President of the Urban Institute
ThinkProgress is a blog edited by Judd Legum that "provide[s] a forum that advances progressive ideas and policies." It is an outlet of the Center for American Progress.
Center for American Progress Action Fund
Formerly known simply as the American Progress Action Fund, the Center for American Progress Action Fund (CAP Action) is a "sister advocacy organization" and is organizationally and financially separate from CAP, although they share many staff and a physical address. Politico wrote in April 2011 that it "openly runs political advocacy campaigns, and plays a central role in the Democratic Party’s infrastructure, and the new reporting staff down the hall isn’t exactly walled off from that message machine, nor does it necessarily keep its distance from liberal groups organizing advocacy campaigns targeting conservatives". Whereas CAP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, CAP Action is a 501(c)(4), allowing it to devote more funds to lobbying. In 2003, George Soros promised to financially support the organization by donating up to $3 million. CAP Action is headed by Neera Tanden.
Washington Center for Equitable Growth
The Washington Center for Equitable Growth, also known simply as Equitable Growth, is a research and grantmaking organization founded in 2013 and "housed at the Center for American Progress". Equitable Growth funds academic research in economics and other social sciences, with a particular interest in government's role in the distribution of economic growth and the role of public perceptions of fairness in shaping government policy.
Science Progress was an internet publication about progressive science and technology policy. Science Progress was a project of the Center for American Progress. Its mission was "to improve the understanding of science among policymakers and other thought leaders and to develop exciting, progressive ideas about innovation in science and technology for the United States in the 21st Century." It began publication on 4 October 2007, the fiftieth anniversary of the launch of Sputnik 1. Content on the web site included news, in-depth essays, and text- and audio-based interviews. The Science Progress staff included Editor-In-Chief Jonathan D. Moreno.
In 2017, the Center opposed Bernie Sanders' single payer health plan. Critics said that this was because of funding from the health care industry, such as The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, the Health Care Service Corporation and America's Health Insurance Plans, who would be eliminated under Sanders' plan. In 2018, the Center proposed an alternative to single payer that would offer patients and employers a choice between government and private insurance.
Lack of transparency for funding sources
Some open government groups, such as the Sunlight Foundation and the Campaign Legal Center, criticized the Center's failure to disclose its contributors, particularly since it was so influential in appointments to the Obama administration.
CAP was criticized by several Jewish organizations after some employees "publicly used language that could be construed as anti-Israel or even anti-Semitic". Bloggers associated with CAP published several posts using phrases such as "apartheid" and "Israel-firsters", causing NGO Monitor, the American Jewish Committee, and the Anti-Defamation League to label them anti-Israel and call on CAP to disassociate themselves from these statements. Officials at CAP said the “inappropriate” language came only in personal tweets—not on CAP's website or its ThinkProgress blog. The Tweets were deleted, and the authors apologized.
Other writers, however, criticized CAP for what they saw as censorship of reasonable comments critical of Israeli settlements and other policies. Based on leaked emails, columnist Glenn Greenwald, for example, wrote that CAP had deleted references to Israeli settlement policies in reports by their staffers.
Greenwald and others also criticized CAP for hosting a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, while Netanyahu was hostile to the Obama Administration. Greenwald described CAP's positions as "servitude to AIPAC and pandering to Netanyahu." Eighteen organizations and over one hundred academics signed an open letter, circulated by Jewish Voice for Peace and the Arab American Institute, against the meeting. 26,300 people signed a petition opposing the meeting.
WikiLeaks 2016 Hillary Clinton Campaign controversy
After the release by WikiLeaks of stolen Podesta emails, the Center for American Progress was attacked based on emails sent between John Halpin, a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, and Jennifer Palmieri, a Hillary Clinton campaign team member. The Washington Post characterized the comments as "joking"; Kellyanne Conway and others called them anti-Catholic attacks.
The Center for American Progress is a 501(c)(3) organization under U.S. Internal Revenue Code. In 2014, CAP received $45 million from a variety of sources, including individuals, foundations, labor unions, and corporations. From 2003 to 2007, CAP received about $15 million in grants from 58 foundations. Major individual donors include George Soros, Peter Lewis, Steve Bing, and Herb and Marion Sandler. The Center receives undisclosed sums from corporate donors. In December 2013, the organization released a list of its corporate donors, which include Walmart, CitiGroup, Wells Fargo, defense contractor Northrop Grumman, America's Health Insurance Plans, and Eli Lilly and Company.
In 2015, CAP released a partial list of its donors, which included 28 anonymous donors accounting for at least $5 million in contributions. Named donors included the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates, which each gave between $500,000 and $999,999. CAP's top donors include Walmart and Citigroup, each of which have given between $100,000 and $499,000.
|*2015 Donors (excluding anonymous)||Level|
|The Hutchins Family Foundation||$1,000,000+|
|TomKat Charitable Trust||$1,000,000+|
|Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation||$500,000 to $999,999|
|Joyce Foundation||$500,000 to $999,999|
|Not On Our Watch||$500,000 to $999,999|
|Open Square Charitable Gift Fund||$500,000 to $999,999|
|Embassy of United Arab Emirates||$500,000 to $999,999|
|Walton Family Foundation||$500,000 to $999,999|
|The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation||$500,000 to $999,999|
- "Center for American Progress". Charity Navigator. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
- Eilperin, Juliet (February 24, 2010). "Former White House adviser Van Jones lands new D.C. gig at liberal think tank". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2012-11-13.
Jones, who has been consulting for companies and nonprofits on environmental issues, will start teaching at Princeton University in June and is rejoining the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, next month.
- McManus, Doyle (December 9, 2010). "Obama gets tough – with liberals". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-11-13.
'The liberal Center for American Progress estimates (optimistically) that the effect of the entire package could be to save or create 2.2 million jobs.
- Madhani, Aamer (September 12, 2012). "Obama: Romney's Medicare plan to cost seniors thousands". USA Today. Retrieved 2012-11-13.
Obama made the charge after his campaign cited a new study to reporters by the liberal group Center for American Progress Action Fund, an organization with close ties to his campaign.
- Sullivan, Andy (November 5, 2012). "Sandy's winds of uncertainty blow through presidential race". Chicago Tribune. Reuters. Retrieved 2012-11-13.
If Obama carries the popular vote by a narrow margin, it could have implications on his ability to govern effectively, according to Ruy Teixeira, a senior fellow at the liberal Center for American Progress.
- Baker, Peter (November 7, 2012). "Obama Wins a Clear Victory, but Balance of Power Is Unchanged in Washington". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-11-13.
Neera Tanden, the president of the liberal research group Center for American Progress, called the election 'a decisive mandate for a fair tax system where the wealthy contribute to address our deficit challenges.'
- Eilperin, Juliet (February 24, 2010). "Former White House adviser Van Jones lands new D.C. gig at liberal think tank". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2012-11-13.
- Horowitz, Jason (November 3, 2011). "Think-tank post puts spotlight on veteran Democratic operative Neera Tanden". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2012-01-19.
- "Meet the Man Behind Hillary Clinton's Campaign". Time. 28 April 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
- "CAP Board of Directors". Center for American Progress. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
- Scherer, Michael (November 21, 2008). "Inside Obama's Idea Factory in Washington", Time. Retrieved 2009-12-02.
- Robert Dreyfuss, "An Idea Factory for the Democrats", The Nation March 1, 2004
- Sarah Rosen Wartell, Think Tank Executive and Housing Finance Expert, to be the Urban Institute's Third President
- CAP article, strategic redeployment. Retrieved November 15, 2006. Archived November 14, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
- Somanader, Tanya. "ThinkProgress blog". Thinkprogress.org. Retrieved 2011-07-07.
- "About Us". Generation Progress. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
- "CAP to unveil 'Generation Progress'". Politico. 15 July 2013. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
- "About the Center for American Progress Action Fund". Center for American Progress Action Fund. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
- "Center for American Progress news team takes aim at GOP". Politico. 13 April 2011. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
- "State Notices". Center for American Progress Action Fund. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
- "Add to the Collective Genius Archived December 29, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.." Retrieved December 27, 2006.
- "Soros' Deep Pockets vs. Bush". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2007-10-04.
- "American Progress Staff". Center for American Progress Action Fund. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
- Leonhardt, David. "Podesta Starting a Think Tank on Inequality". Economix Blog. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
- "Center for Equitable Growth". ceg.berkeley.edu. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
- Science Progress about page
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- Democrats Against Single Payer Single-payer health care has always been a goal of the Left. But Democrats have turned it into a punching bag. Branko Marcetic. Jacobin. 03.29.2017
- Disappointed By the Democratic Party Platform? Follow the Money Several delegates to the platform drafting committee have deep financial ties to conservative industries. By Branko Marcetic. Moyers & Company. July 21, 2016
- Democrats are shifting toward single-payer. Here’s proof. A key center-left think tank now leans toward Sanders on health care. By Sarah Kliff Feb 23, 2018
- Ben Smith and Chris Frates (December 9, 2008). "Where's transparency of Podesta group?". Politico.com. Retrieved 2011-07-07.
- Krugman, Paul (January 28, 2010). "March of the Peacocks". The New York Times. Retrieved January 30, 2010.
- Wallsten, Peter (January 20, 2012). "Center for American Progress, group tied to Obama, under fire from Israel advocates". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 24, 2012.
- Weinthal, Benjamin. "NGOs slam 'anti-Semitic' US think tank comments". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
- Leaked Emails From Pro-Clinton Group Reveal Censorship of Staff on Israel, AIPAC Pandering, Warped Militarism, Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept, Nov. 5, 2015
- Gharib, Ali (2015-10-28). "Why Is the Center for American Progress Hosting Benjamin Netanyahu?". The Nation. Retrieved 2017-04-08.
- Center for American Progress Hosts Netanyahu as Leaked Emails Show Group Censored Staff on Israel, By Nermeen Shaikh, Democracy Now, November 12, 2015
- Has the Israel Lobby Gone Too Far? Will a recent attack on progressive journalists help spark a sea-change in the debate over Middle East policy? By Joshua Holland, AlterNet, December 16, 2011.
- "Center for American Progress under fire for hosting speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu". The Washington Post. 9 November 2015. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
- "Center for American Progress under fire for hosting speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu". Washington Post. November 9, 2015.
- Pulliam Bailey, Sarah. "WikiLeaks emails appear to show Clinton spokeswoman joking about Catholics and evangelicals". Washington Post. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
The latest batch of documents published by WikiLeaks appears to show Hillary Clinton’s campaign communications director joking with a confidant about Catholics and evangelicals in emails sent to John Podesta, chairman of Clinton’s campaign.
- Bash, Dana; Diaz, Daniella. "First on CNN: Religious leaders slam Clinton campaign over emails". CNN. Retrieved October 19, 2016.
- "Center for American Progress 990 Form". Propublica Nonprofit Explorer. Retrieved May 22, 2017.
- "John Podesta, Shepherd of a Government in Exile". The New York Times. 6 November 2008. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
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- "Our Supporters". Center for American Progress. Archived from the original on November 12, 2014. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
- Berman, Dan (January 21, 2015). "Liberal Group Claims Transparency but Keeps Some Donors' Names Secret". National Journal. Archived from the original on February 4, 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
- Sargent, Greg (January 21, 2015). "Center for American Progress, poised to wield influence over 2016, reveals its top donors". Washington Post. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
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- "Center for American Progress Action Fund Internal Revenue Service filings". ProPublica Nonprofit Explorer.