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Web address
Type of site
Political blog
Available in English
Owner Center for American Progress Action Fund
Editor Judd Legum
Launched 2005
Alexa rank
positive decrease 3,324 (November 2015)[1]
Current status Active

ThinkProgress is an American political news blog outlet that "provide[s] a forum that advances progressive ideas and policies".[2] It is a project of the Center for American Progress, a progressive public policy research and advocacy organization. The blog is edited by Judd Legum, who founded it in 2005. It covers issue areas including climate, economy, health, justice, culture and LGBT issues.


ThinkProgress was founded in 2005 by editor Judd Legum, a lawyer.[3] It was edited by Faiz Shakir from 2007 to 2012, when he became Nancy Pelosi's Director of New Media,[4] and Legum returned.[3] It included a daily newsletter that contained a recap and analysis of major political news and the blog Wonk Room, which was published until 2011. In that year, the site was redesigned to offer separate blog sections, organized by subject matter,[5] and consolidated other CAP blogs, including ClimateProgress, founded by Joseph J. Romm.[6]

ThinkProgress "is frequently ranked amongst the top five most popular blogs on Technorati."[7] In September 2015, the staff of ThinkProgress unionized with the Writers Guild of America, East.[8] Some of its previous staffers have gone on to write for major media outlets: Alyssa Rosenberg and Andrea Peterson joined The Washington Post, Matt Yglesias moved to Slate and then, Zaid Jilani writes for various media, and Nico Pitney and Amanda Terkel joined The Huffington Post.[3]

Chamber of Commerce article[edit]

An article posted on ThinkProgress on October 5, 2010, authored by Lee Fang, attracted attention and some controversy. The article alleged that the United States Chamber of Commerce funded political attack campaigns from its general fund, which solicits funds from foreign sources.[9] The story was repeated by the Huffington Post and the progressive activist group asked the DoJ to launch a criminal investigation of the Chamber's funding.[10]

The non-partisan fact-checking website analyzed the claim that "foreign corporations are 'stealing our democracy' with secret, illegal contributions funneled through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce," noting that ThinkProgress made the initial allegations.[11] FactCheck concluded that "It’s a claim with little basis in fact."[11] Others questioned the claims made in the article as well. Eric Lichtblau of The New York Times pointed out that the article "provided no evidence that the money generated overseas had been used in United States campaigns."[12]


Since a 2011 re-design, the blog operates a number of sections, including climate, economy, health, justice, LGBT, security and culture.[6]

Its climate section, Climate Progress, was founded by climate scientist Joseph J. Romm. The blog discusses climate and energy, political news related to climate change, and responses to climate change by the media. In 2008, Time magazine named Climate Progress one of the "Top 15 Green Websites".[13] In 2009, Thomas Friedman, in his column in The New York Times, called Climate Progress "the indispensable blog",[14] and in 2010 Time included it in a list of the 25 "Best Blogs of 2010".[15] The UK's The Guardian ranked Climate Progress at the top of its list of blogs in its "Top 50 Twitter climate accounts to follow".[16] In 2012, Planetsave wrote that Romm is "considered the world’s best blogger on climate science, and politics related to it."[17]


  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2015-11-05. 
  2. ^ Somanader, Tanya. "Think Progress blog". Retrieved 2011-07-07. 
  3. ^ a b c Beaujon, Andrew. "How ThinkProgress became 'real competition for scoops'",, April 7, 2014
  4. ^ "Nancy Pelosi Hires Think Progress' Faiz Shakir as Director of New Media". The Huffington Post. 8 May 2012. 
  5. ^ McDuffee, Allen (May 27, 2011). "CAP’s new sites and a goodbye to Wonk Room". The Washington Post. 
  6. ^ a b Shakir, Faiz. "Welcome To Your New ThinkProgress", ThinkProgress, May 31, 2011, accessed November 6, 2015
  7. ^ Moreau, Elise. "Top 10 Most Popular Blogs", About Tech, 2011
  8. ^ Somaiya, Ravi (September 23, 2015). "ThinkProgress to Unionize With Writers Guild of America". New York Times. Retrieved 6 November 2015. 
  9. ^ Fang, Lee. "Exclusive: Foreign-Funded ‘U.S.’ Chamber Of Commerce Running Partisan Attack Ads". ThinkProgress. Retrieved August 30, 2012. 
  10. ^ Stein, Sam (5 October 2010). "MoveOn Asks DoJ To Launch Criminal Investigation Of Chamber's Funding". Huffington Post. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  11. ^ a b "Foreign Money? Really?". Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  12. ^ Lichtblau, Eric (8 October 2010). "Topic of Foreign Money in U.S. Races Hits Hustings". New York Times. Retrieved August 30, 2012. 
  13. ^ Roston, Eric. "Green Websites: Climate Progress"., April 17, 2008 (originally published in Time magazine in 2007), accessed November 29, 2010
  14. ^ Friedman, Thomas L. "The Inflection Is Near?", The New York Times, March 7, 2009
  15. ^ "Best Blogs of 2010". Time magazine, June 28, 2010
  16. ^ "Top 50 Twitter climate accounts to follow". The Guardian: Environment Blog, May 11, 2010
  17. ^ Shahan, Zachary. "Joe Romm Slams NYTimes Climate Journalist Andrew Revkin (& Contextualizes Heartland-Gleick Volcano)", Planetsave, February 22, 2012

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