Americans United for Change is a left-of-center 501(c)(4) group once characterized as a “dark money group” by the left-leaning Sunlight Foundation that supports progressive causes and Democratic candidates. The organization is headed by controversial Democratic operative Brad Woodhouse.
Americans United for Change was founded in 2005 as part of the liberal effort to counter then-President George W. Bush’s efforts to reform Social Security. Over the succeeding years, the organization expanded its efforts to support the full-scale left-wing agenda including supporting President Barack Obama’s immigration executive orders, attacking opponents of biofuel production, pushing increases in the minimum wage, and attacking Republican congressmen for aligning with the Tea Party movement.
Americans United for Change receives funding from labor unions and progressive foundations. Donors have included the AFL-CIO; the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME); the Partnership Project Action Fund; the Unity Fund; the Ploughshares Fund; and the Atlantic Philanthropies, among others.
The organization has been paid also by Democratic political action committees and campaigns. Both House Democratic Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s campaign committee and leadership PAC as well as the NextGen Climate Action Committee associated with Democracy Alliance donor Tom Steyer have given donations exceeding $100,000 to Americans United for Change.
Americans United for Change collected upwards of $830,000 in union dues in 2016, according to the union-skeptical Center for Union Facts.
Trump Campaign Rally Violence
In 2016, Americans United for Change fired National Field Director Scott Foval after he was caught on camera suggesting that the AUC had paid mentally ill and homeless people to instigate violence at Trump campaign events in 2016. In the released videos, Foval brags about the tactics used by the AUC and its role in painting President Trump as well as his supporters as “anarchic” and dangerous.