Non-profit

Accountable Justice Action Fund

Website:

www.accountablejusticeaction.org/

Tax ID:

82-3247136

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(4)

Budget (2021):

Revenue: $8,000,684
Expenses: $2,510,579
Assets: $5,793,511

Type:

Grantmaking Organization

Formation:

2018

CEO:

Chloe Cockburn

Budget (2022):

Revenue: $19,744,733
Expenses: $8,532,839
Assets: $17,302,951 1

References

  1. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). Accountable Justice Action Fund. 2022.

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The Accountable Justice Action Fund is a left-of-center grantmaking organization that was founded with funding from organizations run by Facebook co-founders Dustin Moskovitz and Mark Zuckerberg. Contributions made to the Accountable Justice Action Fund have been used to fund far-left district attorney campaigns based on platforms of reducing sentences, lowering the severity of charges given, and ending cash bail. 1 2 3

In September 2023, the Accountable Justice Action Fund was listed as a partner organization of the Biden administration’s Office of Gun Violence Prevention during the announcement of the office’s creation. The announcement stated that the office was created to partner with advocacy organizations as an alternative to what it deemed failed policy initiatives aimed at restricting gun ownership. 4

Background

The Accountable Justice Action Fund is a lobbying and electoral advocacy organization that was created by the Open Philanthropy Project, funded by donations earmarked for criminal justice advocacy, and managed by its Criminal Justice Reform Program Officer Chloe Cockburn. The Open Philanthropy Project states that it created the Accountable Justice Action Fund to formally organize the funding of criminal justice advocacy done under Cockburn, who works as the Accountable Justice Action Fund’s CEO, and to allow it to independently raise additional funds for its grantmaking. 5

The Accountable Justice Action Fund was founded with the support of two donors, $6.3 million from the Open Philanthropy Action Fund, and $10 million from Chan Zuckerberg Advocacy. It is used to anonymously donate to campaigns, particularly district attorney races, that support reducing the severity of charges and reducing sentences under the guise of criminal justice reform. 6 7 8

Founded in 2021 with a $50 million grant from the Open Philanthropy Project, Just Impact Advisors is the 501(c)(3) grantmaking sister organization of the Accountable Justice Action Fund and manages the Accountable Justice Action Funds grantmaking as well. 9

Funding of District Attorney Races

During the 2018 district attorney election in Washington County, Oregon, a single donation funding far-left defense attorney Max Wall made the election the most expensive in state history, resulting in speculation regarding the origins of the funding. 10 11

In August 2021, the Capital Research Center reported that Wall’s campaign was almost entirely funded by a $2 million grant that was made to the Law and Justice PAC by the Accountable Justice Action Fund. However, the Capital Research Center reported that representatives from the Open Philanthropy Project denied being the anonymous supporter, indicating that the Accountable Justice Action Fund’s other funder, Chan Zuckerberg Advocacy, used the Accountable Justice Action Fund to fund Wall’s campaign. 12

The Accountable Justice Action Fund’s $2 million grant to the Law and Justice PAC was also used to fund Rob Langford in the Clark County, Nevada, district attorney race against Democratic incumbent Steve Wolfson. Wall and Langford each campaigned on platforms based on far-left criminal justice policies, including withdrawing from prosecuting low-level offenses, reducing sentences and incarceration overall without regard for the crime committed, and ending cash bail. 13 14 15

Financials

In 2022, Accountable Justice Action Fund reported receiving $19.8 million in contributions. 16 It also reported $8.5 million in total expenses, including $7.3 million in grants paid and $492,846 in salaries and compensation of employees. 17 The Accountable Justice Action Fund reported paying its CEO and treasurer $321,258 in compensation in 2022. 18

Leadership

Chloe Cockburn is the CEO and treasurer of Accountable Justice Action Fund. Cockburn is also the founder and CEO of Just Impact Advisors and previously worked as program officer of Open Philanthropy Project’s criminal justice advocacy. She is also a board member of Bia-Echo Foundation. 19 20

References

  1. Thayer, Parker. “Mystery Donor Revealed: Mark Zuckerberg Backed Radical Da Candidates.” Capital Research Center, August 5, 2021. https://capitalresearch.org/article/mystery-donor-revealed-mark-zuckerberg-backed-radical-da-candidates/.
  2. Crombie, Noelle. “National Push to Find Reform-Minded Da Candidates Comes to Oregon.” oregonlive, March 18, 2018. https://www.oregonlive.com/washingtoncounty/2018/03/national_push_to_find_reform-m.html.
  3. Snyder, Riley. “On the Record: The Policy Positions of Democratic Clark County District Attorney Candidate Rob Langford.” The Nevada Independent, May 28, 2018. https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/on-the-record-the-policy-positions-of-democratic-clark-county-district-attorney-candidate-rob-langford.
  4. “Inside the White House’s New Office of Gun Violence Prevention.” Philanthropy News Digest, November 1, 2023. https://philanthropynewsdigest.org/news/other-sources/article/?id=14099113&title=Inside-the-White-House%E2%80%99s-new-Office-of-Gun-Violence-Prevention.
  5. “Update on Partnerships with External Donors.” Open Philanthropy, January 17, 2022. https://www.openphilanthropy.org/research/update-on-partnerships-with-external-donors/.
  6. [1] Thayer, Parker. “Mystery Donor Revealed: Mark Zuckerberg Backed Radical Da Candidates.” Capital Research Center, August 5, 2021. https://capitalresearch.org/article/mystery-donor-revealed-mark-zuckerberg-backed-radical-da-candidates/.
  7. Snyder, Riley. “On the Record: The Policy Positions of Democratic Clark County District Attorney Candidate Rob Langford.” The Nevada Independent, May 28, 2018. https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/on-the-record-the-policy-positions-of-democratic-clark-county-district-attorney-candidate-rob-langford.
  8. Crombie, Noelle. “National Push to Find Reform-Minded Da Candidates Comes to Oregon.” oregonlive, March 18, 2018. https://www.oregonlive.com/washingtoncounty/2018/03/national_push_to_find_reform-m.html.
  9. “Who We Are.” JUST IMPACT. Accessed April 28, 2024. https://www.justimpactadvisors.org/about.
  10. Tilkin, Dan. “Mystery Deepens: Who Was Deep Pockets behind Local DA’s Race?” KOIN.com, July 18, 2018. https://www.koin.com/news/mystery-deepens-who-was-deep-pockets-behind-local-das-race/.
  11. VanderHart, Dirk. “‘dark Money’ in an Oregon Da Race Linked to Facebook Cofounder.” opb, June 2, 2020. https://www.opb.org/news/article/dark-money-washington-county-district-attorney-race-max-wall-facebook/.
  12. Thayer, Parker. “Mystery Donor Revealed: Mark Zuckerberg Backed Radical Da Candidates.” Capital Research Center, August 5, 2021. https://capitalresearch.org/article/mystery-donor-revealed-mark-zuckerberg-backed-radical-da-candidates/.
  13. Thayer, Parker. “Mystery Donor Revealed: Mark Zuckerberg Backed Radical Da Candidates.” Capital Research Center, August 5, 2021. https://capitalresearch.org/article/mystery-donor-revealed-mark-zuckerberg-backed-radical-da-candidates/.
  14. Crombie, Noelle. “National Push to Find Reform-Minded Da Candidates Comes to Oregon.” oregonlive, March 18, 2018. https://www.oregonlive.com/washingtoncounty/2018/03/national_push_to_find_reform-m.html.
  15. Snyder, Riley. “On the Record: The Policy Positions of Democratic Clark County District Attorney Candidate Rob Langford.” The Nevada Independent, May 28, 2018. https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/on-the-record-the-policy-positions-of-democratic-clark-county-district-attorney-candidate-rob-langford.
  16. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). Accountable Justice Action Fund. 2022. Part I, Line 8.
  17. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). Accountable Justice Action Fund. 2022. Part I, Lines 13-18.
  18. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). Accountable Justice Action Fund. 2022. Part VII, Line 1.
  19. [1] “Incoming Program Officer for Criminal Justice Reform: Chloe Cockburn.” Open Philanthropy, June 16, 2015. https://www.openphilanthropy.org/research/incoming-program-officer-for-criminal-justice-reform-chloe-cockburn/.
  20. “Who We Are.” JUST IMPACT. Accessed April 28, 2024. https://www.justimpactadvisors.org/about.
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: August - July
  • Tax Exemption Received: April 1, 2018

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2021 Aug Form 990 $8,000,684 $2,510,579 $5,793,511 $367,655 N $8,000,000 $0 $684 $0
    2020 Aug Form 990 $8,451,294 $8,660,830 $3,490,926 $3,555,175 N $8,400,000 $0 $51,294 $0
    2019 Aug Form 990 $270,350 $4,679,783 $2,130,983 $1,985,696 N $200,000 $0 $70,350 $0 PDF
    2018 Aug Form 990 $17,129,344 $12,574,624 $4,573,963 $19,243 N $17,050,000 $0 $79,344 $0 PDF