Center for American Progress

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The Center for American Progress (CAP) describes itself as 'an independent nonpartisan policy institute'.[1] It identifies as progressive.[1] A sister organisation, the Center for American Progress Action Fund, undertakes more advocacy-orientated activities.[2]

CAP was founded in 2003, by John Podesta, former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton.[3] It was initially funded by liberal philanthropists Herb and Marion Sandler, as a counterweight to conservative think tanks like the Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute.[4]

The CAP was criticised by Politico for a lack of transparency during the 2008 presidential transition, when Podesta took a leave of absence to head President Obama's transition team.[5] In May 2013, The Nation criticised non-disclosure of donations that might have raised conflict of interest issues.[6]

The Centre released a list of corporate donors in late 2013, after Podesta was appointed a White House advisor.[7] In January, the Washington Post linked a new round of voluntary disclosures to the prospect that Podesta would run Hilary Clinton's 2016 Presidential campaign.[2]


Board of Directors (Nov 2015)

External resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 About the Center For American Progress, Center for American Progress, accessed 14 November 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Greg Sargent, Center for American Progress, poised to wield influence over 2016, reveals its top donors, The Plum Line,, 21 January 2015.
  3. Charlie Savage, John Podesta, Shepherd of a Government in Exile, New York Times, 6 November 2008.
  4. Joe Nocera, Self-Made Philanthropists, New York Times Magazine, 9 March 2008.
  5. Chris Frates and Ben Smith, Where's transparency of Podesta group?, Politico, 8 December 2008.
  6. Ken Silverstein, The Secret Donors Behind the Center for American Progress and Other Think Tanks, The Nation, 22 May 2013.
  7. Holly Yeager, Center for American Progress releases donor list, Washington Post, 13 December 2013.
  8. CAP Board of Directors, Center for American Progress, accessed 14 November 2015.