Non-profit

American Bridge 21st Century Foundation

Website:

americanbridgepac.org

Location:

WASHINGTON, DC

Tax ID:

27-5278038

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(4)

Budget (2016):

Revenue: $7,071,542
Expenses: $5,458,746
Assets: $3,072,881

Formation:

2010

Affiliate:

American Bridge 21st Century

Founder:

David Brock

President:

Jessica Mackler

For more information, see American Bridge 21st Century (Super PAC)

American Bridge 21st Century Foundation is the 501(c)(4) advocacy arm of American Bridge 21st Century, a PAC created by Democratic Party operative David Brock to attack Republican politicians.

American Bridge 21st Century Foundation is a major donor to its PAC counterpart, donating roughly $5.9 million in 2017-2018 to it (as of October 2018).[1]

Background

From its inception, David Brock intended American Bridge to play a large role and sought the money to back up his plan.

In a New York Times article about the American Bridge’s founding, Brock boasted of his ability to raise substantial amounts of money from wealthy donors. Said Brock, “My donor base already constitutes the major individual players who have historically given hundreds of millions of dollars to these types of efforts.”[2]

American Bridge’s early supporters included Rob McKay, chair of the Democracy Alliance, a fellow liberal organization, businessman Robert Dyson and television producer Marcia L. Carsey.[3] Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, of Kennedy family fame and a former lieutenant governor in Maryland, served as the group’s first chair.[4]

People

Leadership

Jessica Mackler, a veteran Democratic campaign operative, serves as president of American Bridge 21st Century Foundation. Heavyweight politico Brad Woodhouse held the post for 17 months before leaving to head up Correct the Record, a Brock spin-off.

Board of Directors

American Bridge 21st Century Foundation’s 2016 board of directors consisted of Ted Trimpa, a Democratic strategist, consultant, and board member of the Democracy Alliance; Will Lippincott; David Bennahum; president Jessica Mackler; and Edward “Eddie” Vale, a Democratic campaign strategist and former vice president of American Bridge.

Function

American Bridge seeks to serve as something of a gaffe database, capturing political flubs and faux pas by Republican politicians on video. The group hired trackers to follow Republican candidates at the federal level and record their every word, handshake and everything in between. During the 2012 election cycle, American Bridge deployed trackers to 33 states.[5] The group is crediting with finding the “legitimate rape” comments made by Missouri Republican U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin, which led to a media maelstrom. Akin went on to lose the contest.

In the arms race of political tech and marketing, American Bridge hopes to amass one of the largest video and audio databases in existence.

During the 2016 election cycle, American Bridge enjoyed a $17 million budget and employed “ some eighty-plus staffers.”[6]

References

  1. “American Bridge 21st Century Foundation.” Center for Responsive Politics. Accessed October 22, 2018. https://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/pacgave2.php?sort=A&cmte=C00492140&cycle=2018&Page=2
  2. Luo, Michael. “Effort for Liberal Balance to G.O.P. Groups Begins.” The New York Times. November 22, 2010. Accessed April 18, 2017. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/23/us/politics/23money.html.
  3. Luo, Michael. “Effort for Liberal Balance to G.O.P. Groups Begins.” The New York Times. November 22, 2010. Accessed April 18, 2017. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/23/us/politics/23money.html.
  4. Luo, Michael. “Effort for Liberal Balance to G.O.P. Groups Begins.” The New York Times. November 22, 2010. Accessed April 18, 2017. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/23/us/politics/23money.html.
  5. Goldberg, Michelle. “How David Brock Built an Empire to Put Hillary in the White House.” The Nation. June 29, 2015. Accessed April 15, 2017. https://www.thenation.com/article/how-david-brock-built-empire-put-hillary-white-house/.
  6. Goldberg, Michelle. “How David Brock Built an Empire to Put Hillary in the White House.” The Nation. June 29, 2015. Accessed April 15, 2017. https://www.thenation.com/article/how-david-brock-built-empire-put-hillary-white-house/.

Directors, Employees & Supporters

  1. Eddie Vale
    Board Member
  2. Will Lippincott
    Board Member
  3. Ted Trimpa
    Board Member
  4. Brad Woodhouse
    Former Executive Director
  5. David Brock
    Adviser and Former Board Member
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: February 1, 2014

  • 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
    2016 Dec Form 990 $7,071,542 $5,458,746 $3,072,881 $1,833,815 N $7,071,511 $0 $31 $741,975
    2015 Dec Form 990 $4,632,000 $5,009,986 $756,494 $805,435 N $4,632,000 $0 $0 $260,786 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990 $1,855,500 $2,268,136 $568,500 $408,590 N $1,855,500 $0 $0 $300,126 PDF
    2014 Jun Form 990 $3,334,429 $3,079,292 $869,647 $297,101 N $3,334,429 $0 $0 $331,502 PDF
    2013 Jun Form 990 $1,945,000 $2,624,839 $489,487 $172,078 N $1,945,000 $0 $0 $302,170 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

    American Bridge 21st Century Foundation

    455 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NW STE 600
    WASHINGTON, DC 20001-2774