Non-profit

Americans United for Change (AUFC)

Location:

WASHINGTON, DC

Tax ID:

03-0556312

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(4)

Budget (2015):

Revenue: $4,249,793
Expenses: $4,036,733
Assets: $685,328

Type:

Progressive Advocacy Group

Founded:

2005

Principal Officer:

Brad Woodhouse

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.[1] The organization is headed by controversial Democratic operative Brad Woodhouse.[2]

Background

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.[3] 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.[4]

Funding

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.[5]

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.[6]

Americans United for Change collected upwards of $830,000 in union dues in 2016, according to the union-skeptical Center for Union Facts.[7]

Controversies

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.[8]

References

  1. Fenton, Jacob. “Liberal dark money group eyeing Iowa TV ads.” Sunlight Foundation. April 14, 2015. Accessed January 10, 2017. https://sunlightfoundation.com/2015/04/14/liberal-dark-money-group-eyeing-iowa-tv-ads/
  2. Glueck, Katie. “DNC spokesman Woodhouse leaving.” POLITICO. June 25, 2013. Accessed January 09, 2017. http://www.politico.com/story/2013/06/brad-woodhouse-exits-dnc-093322
  3. “Americans United for Change.” Discover the Networks. Accessed January 09, 2017. http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/printgroupProfile.asp?grpid=7475
  4. See Olsen-Phillips, Peter. “Outsiders on both sides of immigration mobilizing supporters.” Sunlight Foundation. December 2, 2014. Accessed January 10, 2017. https://sunlightfoundation.com/2014/12/02/outsiders-on-both-sides-of-immigration-mobilizing-supporters/ ; “Americans United For Change Criticizes API-Funded Report About Biofuels Emissions.” Biofuels Journal. August 26, 2016. Accessed January 10, 2017. http://www.biofuelsjournal.com/articles/Americans_United_For_Change_Criticizes_API_Funded_Report_About_Biofuels_Emissions-161082.html ; Americans United For Change. “Americans United For Change Announces “Give America A Raise” Bus Tour.” March 18, 2014. Accessed January 10, 2017. http://www.americansunitedforchange.org/press/releases/announcing_give_america_a_raise_bus_tour ; Foster, Brittany. “Americans United For Change Attack PA Congressmen.” PoliticsPA. January 22, 2014. Accessed January 10, 2017. http://www.politicspa.com/americans-united-for-change-attack-pa-congressmen/54400/
  5. See the AFL-CIO and AFSCME Department of Labor Annual Reports (Forms LM-2) from FY 2015; the IRS Forms 990 for the Unity Fund in 2012, the Partnership Project Action Fund in 2010, and the Ploughshares Fund for 2014; and Atlantic Philanthropies. “Grantees: Americans United for Change.” 2009. Accessed January 11, 2017. http://www.atlanticphilanthropies.org/grantees/americans-united-for-change
  6. Center for Responsive Politics. “Vendor/Recipient: Americans United for Change.” Opensecrets. October 28, 2016. Accessed January 11, 2017. https://www.opensecrets.org/expends/vendor.php?year=2016&vendor=Americans%2BUnited%2Bfor%2BChange
  7. Berman, Richard. “The Two Political Faces of Big Labor.” The Wall Street Journal. August 08, 2017. Accessed October 23, 2017. https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-two-political-faces-of-big-labor-1502234265.
  8. Morrongiello, Gabby. “Report: Dem Fired for Bragging about Staging Violence at Trump Rallies.” Washington Examiner. October 18, 2016. Accessed October 23, 2017. http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/report-dem-fired-for-bragging-about-staging-violence-at-trump-rallies/article/2604861.

Directors, Employees & Supporters

  1. Paul Tewes
    Co-Founder
  2. Khalid Pitts
    Board Member
  3. Mike Lux
    Board Member
  4. Brad Woodhouse
    Former President
  5. Caroline Ciccone
    Former Executive Director
  6. Ezra Reese
    Consultant
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: June - May
  • Tax Exemption Received: November 1, 2005

  • 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
    2015 Jun Form 990 $4,249,793 $4,036,733 $685,328 $55,290 N $4,249,793 $0 $0 $251,343 PDF
    2014 Jun Form 990 $3,040,041 $3,260,295 $587,760 $170,782 N $2,989,493 $50,548 $0 $411,126 PDF
    2013 Jun Form 990 $2,061,199 $2,015,590 $704,609 $67,377 N $2,061,199 $0 $0 $126,677 PDF
    2012 Jun Form 990 $1,540,433 $1,308,913 $617,720 $26,097 N $1,540,433 $0 $0 $0 PDF
    2011 Jun Form 990 $1,403,966 $1,588,342 $431,717 $71,614 N $1,403,966 $0 $0 $0 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

    Americans United for Change (AUFC)

    455 MASSACHUSETTS AVE NW
    WASHINGTON, DC 20001-2621