Center for American Progress
The Center for American Progress (CAP) describes itself as 'an independent nonpartisan policy institute'. It identifies as progressive. A sister organisation, the Center for American Progress Action Fund, undertakes more advocacy-orientated activities.
CAP was founded in 2003, by John Podesta, former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton. 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.
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. In May 2013, The Nation criticised non-disclosure of donations that might have raised conflict of interest issues.
The Centre released a list of corporate donors in late 2013, after Podesta was appointed a White House advisor. 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.
Board of Directors (Nov 2015)
- Sen. Tom Daschle, Chair
- Neera Tanden, President
- Secretary Madeleine Albright
- Carol Browner
- Glenn Hutchins
- John Podesta
- Susan Sandler
- Tom Steyer
- Donald Sussman
- Jose Villarreal
- Hansjörg Wyss
- Our supporters - 2013 corporate donor list, archived at the Internet Archive.
- Our supporters, 2014 donor list.
- Glenn Greenwald, Leaked Emails From Pro-Clinton Group Reveal Censorship of Staff on Israel, AIPAC Pandering, Warped Militarism, The Intercept, 5 Nov 2015.</ref>
- Ali Gharib and Eli Clifton, Dissent breaks out at the Center for American progress over Netanyahu's visit, The Nation, 10 November 2015.</ref>
- About the Center For American Progress, Center for American Progress, accessed 14 November 2015.
- Greg Sargent, Center for American Progress, poised to wield influence over 2016, reveals its top donors, The Plum Line, washingtonpost.com, 21 January 2015.
- Charlie Savage, John Podesta, Shepherd of a Government in Exile, New York Times, 6 November 2008.
- Joe Nocera, Self-Made Philanthropists, New York Times Magazine, 9 March 2008.
- Chris Frates and Ben Smith, Where's transparency of Podesta group?, Politico, 8 December 2008.
- Ken Silverstein, The Secret Donors Behind the Center for American Progress and Other Think Tanks, The Nation, 22 May 2013.
- Holly Yeager, Center for American Progress releases donor list, Washington Post, 13 December 2013.
- CAP Board of Directors, Center for American Progress, accessed 14 November 2015.