Non-profit

Be a Hero Fund

Website:

beaherofund.com/%20

Location:

Washington, DC

Tax ID:

C0-0678995

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(4)

Treasurer:

Jonathan Zucker

President:

Ady Barkan

Be a Hero Fund is an organization that advances left-of-center health care and fiscal policy and opposes right-leaning Supreme Court nominations through media campaigns. The organization also fundraises for ActBlue, a Democratic Party-aligned political action committee (PAC). [1]

Funding

Be a Hero Fund is funded by the Be a Hero PAC. [2] Between 2019 and 2020, the Be a Hero PAC received $11,075,269 in contributions and made $10,386,342 in expenditures. [3] The organization’ reported $888,032 in assets as of December 31, 2020. [4]

Be a Hero PAC’s largest donors between 2019 and 2020 were the Vote Nurses PAC ($2,200,000), the National Nurses Organizing Committee PAC ($1,750,000), left-of-center philanthropist Megan Hull ($1,347,000), the California Nurses Association ($250,000), and two committees associated with Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA): her leadership PAC PAC to the Future ($100,000) and Nancy Pelosi for Congress ($100,000). [5]

History

Be a Hero Fund was created in 2018 after a video of left-of-center health care activist Ady Barkan accosting former Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) on a plane and demanding that he vote against the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, circulated widely online. [6]

Fundraising

Be a Hero actively fundraises against Republican Party candidates and encourages its viewers to donate to ActBlue. Fundraising videos created by Be a Hero are generally negative political advertisements designed to motivate donations to Democratic Party-aligned PACs in order to oppose Republican candidates. Be a Hero has created political advertisements attacking the healthcare policies of former President Donald Trump, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), and former U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ). [7]

Of the twenty political advertisements Be a Hero created in 2020, all were created in collaboration with National Nurses United, the main union and professional association of United States nurses. [8]

The organization’s latest fundraising drive is designed to oppose the re-election of U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) should they seek re-election. [9]

Health Care Series

In a collaboration with the left-of-center, social media-focused news outlet NowThis News, Be a Hero Fund created a series of videos in which Ady Barkan advocates for increased government control over healthcare and the implementation of a universal Medicare program. Barkan’s videos include discussions with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris during the 2020 presidential election, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, and Obama administration Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro. [10]

Kavanaugh Nomination

Be a Hero contributed to a broad left-of-center effort to prevent the nomination of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to assume Justice Anthony Kennedy’s seat on the Supreme Court. [11] Be a Hero joined Maine People’s Alliance and Mainers for Accountable Leadership in a collective effort to intimidate U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) into voting against Justice Kavanaugh’s nomination, leveraging their alleged ability to fundraise for her opponent in the 2020 race to represent Maine in the United States Senate. [12]

Leadership

Ady Barkan, a Democratic Party-aligned political activist, is president of Be a Hero. [13] Prior to founding Be a Hero, Barkan worked for Center for Popular Democracy (CPD), a left-of-center election law organization. Before joining CPD, Barkan was a law clerk to Judge Shira Scheindlin of the District Court for the Southern District of New York. [14]

References

  1. “2020 Ads” Be a Hero. https://uncovered.beaherofund.com/category/ads/2020-ads/ ^
  2. “Footer statement” Be a Hero Fund. https://beaherofund.com/ ^
  3. “Be a Hero PAC” Federal Elections Commission. https://www.fec.gov/data/committee/C00678995/ ^
  4. “Be a Hero PAC” Federal Elections Commission. https://www.fec.gov/data/committee/C00678995/ ^
  5. “Be A Hero PAC PAC -Donors” OpenSecrets. https://www.opensecrets.org/political-action-committees-pacs/be-a-hero-pac/C00678995/donors/2020?start=75&page_length=25 ^
  6. “Our Story” Be a Hero Fund. https://beaherofund.com/story/ ^
  7. “2020 Ads” Be a Hero. https://uncovered.beaherofund.com/category/ads/2020-ads/ ^
  8. “2020 Ads” Be a Hero. https://uncovered.beaherofund.com/category/ads/2020-ads/ ^
  9. “Elect New Senate Heroes” Be a Hero Fund. https://beaherofund.com/#elect-new-senate-heroes  ^
  10. “UNCOVERED: ADY BARKAN’S INTERVIEW SERIES ON HEALTHCARE” Be a Hero. https://uncovered.beaherofund.com/ ^
  11. “Kavanaugh-fueled bounty awaits challenger to Sen. Susan Collins” Roll Call. July 2, 2020. Accessed July 5, 2021. https://www.rollcall.com/2020/07/02/kavanaugh-fueled-bounty-awaits-challenger-to-sen-susan-collins/ ^
  12. “Kavanaugh-fueled bounty awaits challenger to Sen. Susan Collins” Roll Call. July 2, 2020. Accessed July 5, 2021. https://www.rollcall.com/2020/07/02/kavanaugh-fueled-bounty-awaits-challenger-to-sen-susan-collins/ ^
  13. “Medicare for All activist with ALS Ady Barkan on why he advocates: ‘It gives me a reason to get up every day’” ABC News. https://abcnews.go.com/US/medicare-activist-als-ady-barkan-advocates-reason-day/story?id=65385855 ^
  14. “About” AdyBarkan.com https://www.adybarkan.com/about ^
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Be a Hero Fund


Washington, DC