Liberal Nonprofit Funded by Rockefellers, Steyer, Soros, Pushes Advice to Clinton Campaign
By: Aly Nielsen
Clinton campaign emails released by WikiLeaks demonstrate just how intertwined liberal politics truly is, and the Center for American Progress is a perfect example.
In January 2016, The Washington Post predicted the liberal-funded Center for American Progress (CAP) was “poised to exert outsized influence over the 2016 president race.” That prediction was confirmed in emails released by WikiLeaks since Oct. 7 which show CAP’s current president Neera Tanden communicating with Clinton campaign officials who were themselves former CAP presidents.
Tanden, who was Clinton’s policy director in the 2008 election, sent at least 287 emails to campaign members, including 82 from her CAP email. She repeatedly sent advice, suggestions, and even “offered the resources” of CAP’s “sister advocacy group, CAP Action,” to Clinton’s 2016 campaign, according to the Post. While CAP Action is allowed to do “a limited amount of political work,” nonprofits like CAP are “prohibited from supporting or endorsing any candidate for public office.”
CAP has enormous resources. The staff page lists at least 316 people, including full and part-time staff, fellows, and analysts. At the close of fiscal year 2014, CAP’s expenditures were more than $42 million, on top of the more than $6.9 million it donated.
Since 2000, CAP has received at least $30.6 million from top liberal foundations, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Wallace Global Fund, NEO Philanthropies, George Soros, Tom Steyer, and the Ford Foundation.
These donors collectively support everything from anti-Exxon campaigns to building a pro-Clinton campaigning machine, ensuring a liberal replacement to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and maintaining liberal, pro-Clinton media.
Funding CAP is an overt way to push their liberal agenda. Current and former CAP leaders, in turn, worked to elect Clinton.
In emails to Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta (the founder, former president, and current board member of CAP), Tanden suggested Clinton’s “excitement thing” was a “problem” and that she needed to “rev it up.”
Tanden even offered to use CAP Action (the political arm of CAP) to defend Podesta against “outrageous bullshit” when Politico highlighted a conservative blogger who claimed to overhear Prodesta worrying about the “psychosis of the media.” On Podesta’s suggestion, Tanden called the story “inaccurate” on Twitter and said it “kinda proves Podesta’s point, no?”
Tanden also repeatedly wrote to Clinton’s communications director, Jennifer Palmieri, previously the senior vice president of communications for CAP, and president of CAP Action.
Tanden suggested that Clinton write an op ed supporting Black Lives Matter, throw a party (because “pictures of her with a beer” would be great), and even counseled that the Clinton campaign should highlight the stakes surrounding the Supreme Court. Tanden promised that CAP Action could “get that story started. But kinda rests on you guys to make it stick.”
In an interview with The Washington Post published on Oct. 2016, Tanden claimed that her interactions with the campaign were legal because “she uses a personal email address to communicate with Clinton staffers, usually after hours.”