Non-profit

Accountable.US

Website:

www.accountable.us

Type:

Center-Left Political “Watchdog” Group

Project of:

New Venture Fund

Accountable.US is a center-left advocacy group and self-described “nonpartisan watchdog group.”

The group is a project of the New Venture Fund, a center-left 501(c)(3) nonprofit managed by the Washington, D.C.-based philanthropy consulting firm Arabella Advisors, though Accountable.US has announced that it is “in the process of transitioning from the New Venture Fund” into a standalone nonprofit. [1]

Accountable.US claims that a number of other New Venture Fund projects are in fact projects of its own. Those include Restore Public Trust, Allied Progress, and Western Values Project. [2]

Leadership

Accountable.US’ board members have extensive connections to Democratic officials and causes, left-wing advocacy groups, and in particular other left-wing “accountability” organizations that dovetail with the mission laid out in the January 2017 Brock proposal. Three board members have history with American Bridge 21st Century and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) – the two main organizations specifically promoted in the Brock proposal. [3] [4]

Kyle Herrig is currently the president and founder of Accountable.US and previously worked on the advisory board of Restore Public Trust. He is the director of New Venture Fund and is on the board of American Oversight. [5] He co-founded and is an advisor for Allied Progress, Equity Forward, and Fix the Court. [6]

Shripal Shah is currently on the advisory board of Accountable.US and previously worked on the advisory board for Restore Public Trust. [7] He is vice-president of American Bridge 21st Century, a Democratic Party super PAC. He was formerly a staffer for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), and the Democratic National Committee (DNC). In 2014, he worked as both communications director and deputy campaign manager for Senator Jeanne Shaheen. [8]

Brad Woodhouse is currently on the board of Accountable.US and previously worked on the advisory board for Restore Public Trust. [9] He is executive director of Protect Our Care, an Obamacare advocacy organization and project of the Sixteen Thirty Fund, a 501(c)(4) advocacy group and sister to New Venture Fund. He is also a former president of both American Bridge 21st Century and Americans United for Change, and a former communications staffer for the Democratic National Committee (DNC). He worked as an advisor and a spokesperson for Senator Jon Corzine in the early 2000s, a communications director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in 2003-2004 and as communications director for the Democratic National Committee in 2008. He also worked as a senior strategist for both of President Obama’s campaigns in 2008 and 2012. [10]

Melissa (Bruns) Bonine’s RPT bio refers to her as an operations expert for center-left groups. She has a work history that includes the offices of congressional Democrats and in the Obama administration.

References

  1. “Donate.” Accountable.US. Accessed January 23, 2020. Original URL: https://www.accountable.us/donate/. Archived URL: https://www.influencewatch.org/app/uploads/2020/01/Accountable.US-Donate.-New-Venture-Fund-Project.-01.2020.pdf

    From the archived page:

    Accountable.US is a project of the New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity that provides fiscal sponsorship and project hosting for various public interest campaigns. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Contributions to Accountable.US may appear as New Venture Fund on your bank or credit card statement. EIN 20-5806345

    Accountable.US is in the process of transitioning from New Venture Fund and expects to be able to accept donations as an independent 501(c)(3) entity in the near future. ^

  2. “About.” Accountable.US. Accessed January 23, 2020. Original URL: https://www.accountable.us/about/. Archived URL: https://www.influencewatch.org/app/uploads/2020/01/Accountable.US-About.-Projects.-01.2020.pdf ^
  3. “Who We Are.” Restore Public Trust. Accessed January 4, 2019. http://restorepublictrust.org/about/ ^
  4. Schoffstall, Joe. “Read the Confidential David Brock Memo Outlining Plans to Attack Trump.” Washington Free Beacon. January 26, 2017. Accessed December 12, 2018.https://freebeacon.com/politics/david-brock-memo-attack-trump/ ^
  5. “Kyle Herrig.” About Us. Accountable.US. 2020. https://www.accountable.us/team/kyle-herrig/. ^
  6. David Horowitz Freedom Center, ed. “Restore Public Trust .” Discover the Networks . David Horowitz Freedom Center. Accessed January 23, 2020. https://www.discoverthenetworks.org/organizations/restore-public-trust-rpt/. ^
  7. “Shripal Shah.” About Us. Accountable.US. 2020. https://www.accountable.us/about/. ^
  8. David Horowitz Freedom Center, ed. “Restore Public Trust.” Discover the Networks. David Horowitz Freedom Center. Accessed January 23, 2020. https://www.discoverthenetworks.org/organizations/restore-public-trust-rpt/. ^
  9. “Brad Woodhouse.” About Us. Accountable.US. 2020. https://www.accountable.us/about/. ^
  10. David Horowitz Freedom Center, ed. “Restore Public Trust.” Discover the Networks. David Horowitz Freedom Center. Accessed January 23, 2020. https://www.discoverthenetworks.org/organizations/restore-public-trust-rpt/. ^

Directors, Employees & Supporters

  1. Austin Evers
    Board Member
  2. Shripal Shah
    Board Member
  3. Caroline Ciccone
    Chief Operating Officer
  4. Mindy Myers
    Board Member
  5. Kyle Herrig
    President
  6. Brad Woodhouse
    Board Member
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