The A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI) is a 501(c)(3) “constituency group” of the AFL-CIO for African-American union members. APRI was founded in 1965, and advocates for the agenda of the AFL-CIO at the state and federal level, using litigation and legislative pressure.
The A. Philip Randolph Institute is one of six AFL-CIO “constituency groups” — nonprofit organizations directly affiliated (and funded by) the labor union federation that represent specific ethnic and interest groups within the AFL-CIO. APRI represents African Americans in the AFL-CIO. These constituency groups, including APRI, advocate for pro-union legislation and policy.1
APRI regularly encourages voter mobilization and activism in support of labor unions and left-of-center political causes. The left-wing political action committee Democracy in Color, a project of PowerPAC created by Center for American Progress senior fellow Steven Phillips, has called APRI an organization with a “proven track record of conducting effective and accountable voter registration and mobilization work” in battleground districts and states.2
On June 11, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute to uphold Ohio’s voter integrity law allowing the state to lawfully remove infrequent voters from its voter rosters. APRI served as the primary respondent in the case, and was supported by a number of liberal interest groups.3
APRI receives much of its funding from the AFL-CIO and its member unions, including the United Auto Workers. APRI has also received funding from non-AFL-CIO unions, like the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).4
Between 2005 and 2017, APRI received over $1 million from labor unions, including $715,594 from the AFL-CIO; $243,115 from the SEIU; $64,750 from the United Steelworkers; and $46,620 from the American Federation of Government Employees.5
A. Philip Randolph Educational Fund
Also see A. Philip Randolph Educational Fund (Nonprofit)
The Institute’s other 501c3 affiliate, the A. Philip Randolph Educational Fund, receives funding from left-of-center foundations and donor-advised fund providers, including the Tides Foundation, California Endowment, Gill Foundation, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, and San Francisco Foundation. The Institute is also listed as a partner of Democracy North Carolina, a left-wing redistricting organization funded by George Soros’s Foundation to Promote Open Society and the liberal Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.6 7
Clayola Brown is president of the A. Philip Randolph Institute. Since 1991, Brown has been a member of the Board of Directors of the SEIU-affiliated Amalgamated Bank. She is a former vice-president of the AFL-CIO and current international vice-president of the Workers United labor union.8
Board of Directors
Loretta Johnson, the board treasurer of the A. Philip Randolph Institute, is also vice-president of AFL-CIO, board secretary treasurer of the American Federation of Teachers and board member of the BlueGreen Alliance.9
- “Issues/Actions.” A. Philip Randolph Institute. Accessed July 12, 2018. http://www.apri.org/issues-actions.html.
- “Return of the Majority.” Democracy in Color. Accessed June 26, 2018. http://democracyincolor.com/returnofthemajority/.
- “HUSTED v. A. PHILIP RANDOLPH INSTITUTE.” LII / Legal Information Institute. Accessed July 10, 2018. https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/16-980.
-  “UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR.” Online Public Disclosure Room U.S. Department of Labor. Accessed July 11, 2018. https://olms.dol-esa.gov/olpdr/.
- “Grant Visualizer: A. Philip Randolph Institute.” Foundation Search. Accessed July 11, 2018. www.foundationsearch.com.
- “Grant Visualizer: A Philip Randolph Educational Fund.” Foundation Search. Accessed July 11, 2018. www.foundationsearch.com
- “Take Action.” Democracy NC. Accessed July 10, 2018. https://democracync.org/take-action/.
-  Bloomberg.com. Accessed July 10, 2018. https://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/private/person.asp?personId=11387295&privcapId=4935718.
- Aft union. “Lorretta Johnson.” American Federation of Teachers. February 02, 2018. Accessed July 12, 2018. https://www.aft.org/about/leadership/lorretta-johnson.