The 50CAN Action Fund is the lobbying nonprofit affiliate of the left-of-center education advocacy group 50CAN.
50CAN Action Fund was formed in 2012 by Marc Magee and other members of the 50CAN board to advocate for political causes related to education reform. The group has been involved in local school board races, supporting candidates favoring charter schools and teacher accountability measures. 1 The group has also involved itself in state-level races. 2
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the group has issued a grant of $100,000 to its sister organization, 50CAN. No donations to federal political candidates or parties have been made by the organization. According to the group’s tax filing in 2014, the organization focused on “earned media and mailings on educational issues and grassroots outreach through door knocking to households on these topics.” It had roughly $80,000 in assets. 3 4
- Strauss, Valerie. “Why Are TFA and a California Billionaire Investing in Minnesota School Board Race?” The Washington Post. WP Company, October 9, 2014. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2014/10/09/why-are-tfa-and-a-california-billionaire-investing-in-minnesota-school-board-race/.
- Edgar, Randal. “Third-Party Spending Tops $1 Million in R.I. Races.” providencejournal.com. providencejournal.com, September 27, 2014. https://www.providencejournal.com/breaking-news/content/20140927-third-party-spending-tops-1-million-in-r.i.-races.ece.
- Center for Responsive Politics. “Organization Summary”. Opensecrets.org. Accessed October 6, 2019. https://www.opensecrets.org/outside-spending/political-nonprofits/summary?id=454698768
- Form 990, 2012. https://pdf.guidestar.org/PDF_Images/2013/454/698/2013-454698768-0a64f637-9O.pdf