The liberal think tank Center for American Progress (CAP), now fashioning itself as a powerful anti-Trump force, is funded by George Soros, big banks and several large corporations.
CAP, founded in 2003 by former Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta, has long been a prominent liberal think tank in Washington. Now, they look to be the leader of efforts on the left to fight against Donald Trump’s incoming administration though their advocacy wing, the Center for American Progress Action Fund (CAPAF).
The action fund is funded by the main group, CAP, according to their “Our Supporters” page. Other funders of CAPAF are the big Hollywood group Motion Picture Association of America and the labor union Service Employees International Union.
The home page of CAPAF simply reads “Resist,” and has a button to “Join the Resistance.” On the actual page describing the resistance, posted Thursday, it says, “RESIST HATE. RESIST CORRUPTION. RESIST INJUSTICE. FORGE PROGRESS.”
The page also reads,
“We believe Trump has no mandate and was propelled to victory through a combination of voter suppression and foreign interference by hostile nations like Russia.
We will not stand by and watch as Trump tries to propagate his radical right-wing agenda on the American people after an election he won without the popular vote.
We will fight back.”
Neera Tanden, President of both CAPAF and CAP said, “Our goal is to be the central hub of the Trump resistance, to hold Trump accountable for the promises he made,” Politico reports. And Harry Reid’s current deputy Chief of Staff, Adam Jentleson, is joining CAPAF specifically to be a part of anti-Trump effort.
Jentleson said he intends to “weaponize” the organization and have a “relentlessly aggressive attitude and orientation toward holding Trump accountable every single day.”
CAP itself, which shares staff with and heavily funds the action fund, is bankrolled by the George Soros-run group Open Society Foundation to the tune of over $1,000,000. It is also funded by Walmart, Bank of America and Google.
Citigroup has also been previously reported to have heavily contributed to CAP, and The Washington Post once described CAP’s donor list as a “broad sampling of corporate interests, from tech firms and automakers to health-care companies, big banks, retailers and trade associations.”
CAPAF’s list of Trump’s ideas they plan on resisting includes “his proposal to deport millions of undocumented immigrants and build a wall on the nation’s southern border” and “his attacks on Muslims; women; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, people; and people of color.”