Non-profit

Campaign for America’s Future

Website:

campaignforamericasfuture.org/

Location:

Washington, DC

Tax ID:

52-1861766

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(4)

Budget (2017):

Revenue: $107,794
Expenses: $94,701
Assets: $154,523

Founder and Co-Director:

Roger Hickey

Formation:

1994

Type:

Nonprofit

Campaign for America’s Future (CAF) is an American nonprofit progressive political advocacy organization. Founded in 1996, the organization bills itself as “the strategy center for the progressive movement.” [1] The organization signed a petition supporting the Green New Deal. [2]

Campaign for America’s Future advocates for a left-of-center eleven-point “pledge agenda,” in order to correct what it calls “conservative failure.” [3] CAF advocates for a Green New Deal, Medicare-for-All, tax reform, and tuition free college, along with other progressive issues. [4]

Campaign for America’s Future website features a spread of all of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, and provides an annotated outline showing where each candidate stands on CAF’s progressive “pledge agenda.” [5]

Campaign for America’s Future encourages citizens to sign “the Pledge” on its website, encouraging support of its progressive agenda. It aims to create a “resistance” movement against the Trump administration and Republicans in general, in order to oppose income inequality and support environmentalist policies. [6] “The Pledge” is allegedly signed by over 20,000 people, and CAF lists the initial 90 signers, almost all of whom are involved with left-progressive organizations. [7]

Campaign for America’s Future is the sister lobbying and campaigning organization to the Institute for America’s Future, a left-progressive think tank.

Activities

Campaign for America’s Future claims that “conservative dominance” has existed in American politics for thirty years, and has led its progressive eleven point “pledge agenda” not to have been implemented. [8] CAF advocates for the socialist Green New Deal, a government-run Medicare-for-All health care program, liberal tax increases, and government-funded tuition-free college, among other issues. CAF’s website provides countless links to polls, articles, and online petitions that support its agenda. [9]

Campaign for America’s Future’s website contains a line-up of all of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, and tracks how closely each person’s position matches with its progressive “pledge agenda.” CAF provides an annotated online for each candidate, including quotes from the candidates themselves, as well as from other mainstream media outlets. [10] It is worth noting that Bernie Sanders, a self-described “democratic socialist,” has a much more complete, and favorable page than,[11] for instance, Joe Biden, who is considered to be a more moderate democrat, and has a very sparse page. [12]

Campaign for America’s Future uses its website to promote “the Pledge,” reinforcing its progressive agenda by encouraging people to sign said pledge, in a show of support. The Pledge encourages a resistance movement against the Trump administration and Republicans in general, in order to fight for environmentalist and economic-left policy. [13]

Signers

Campaign for America’s Future features the first 90 signers of “The Pledge” on its website, which includes:[14]

People

Leadership

Left-progressive writer and activist Robert Borosage is the co-founder and co-director of the Campaign for America’s Future; he is also the organization’s secretary-treasurer of the board. Borosage is the co-founder of Progressive Majority PAC and ProgressiveCongress.org (now Congressional Progressive Caucus Center) and sits on the board for the far-left think tank Institute for Policy Studies. Borosage formerly worked as the issues director for the Jesse Jackson 1988 presidential campaign. [47] Borosage is the president of the board of the Institute for America’s Future. [48]

Roger Hickey is co-director and co-founder of both the Campaign for America’s Future and the Institute for America’s Future. He was a founder of the Economic Policy Institute, where he formerly worked as a communications director. Hickey is also a founder of the Public Media Center in San Francisco and a former organizer for the Virginia Civil Rights Committee. [49]

Board of Directors

Baye Adolfo-Wilson is the former Deputy Mayor and director of Economic and Housing Development for the city of Newark, New Jersey. [50]

Lara Bergthold serves as chairperson of the boards of both Campaign for America’s Future, and People for the American Way. Bergthold is also secretary of the board of Rock the Vote and has been the executive director of the Lear Family Foundation since 1997. She also worked as national deputy political director for former Secretary of State John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign. [51]

Leo Gerard is the outgoing international president of the United Steelworkers. [52]

Van Jones is the founding president of Rebuild the Dream. Jones is the co-founder of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Color of Change, and Green For All. Jones worked as the Green Jobs advisor to the Obama Administration in 2009. [53]

Actor Warren Beatty is a staunch Democratic activist. Beatty considered a presidential run in the late 1990s that never came to pass, and has strong convictions about the need for campaign speech regulation. [54]

Former members of the board include Andrea Batista Schlesinger, Eric Pariser, Hilary Shelton, Jeff Faux, and Maya Rockeymoore Cummings.

References

  1. “Campaign for America’s Future.” LinkedIn, 2020. Accessed March 29, 2020. https://www.linkedin.com/company/campaign-for-america’s-future/about/. ^
  2. ”Green New Deal Hub.” Influence Watch. https://www.influencewatch.org/hub/green-new-deal/. ^
  3. “About Us.” Campaign for America’s Future, 2019. Accessed April 5, 2020. https://campaignforamericasfuture.org/about-campaign-for-americas-future/. ^
  4. “Resources.” Campaign for America’s Future, 2019. Accessed April 5, 2020. https://campaignforamericasfuture.org/resources/. ^
  5. “Candidates.” Campaign for America’s Future, 2019. Accessed April 5, 2020. https://campaignforamericasfuture.org/candidates/. ^
  6. “The Pledge.” Campaign for America’s Future, 2019. Accessed April 5, 2020. https://campaignforamericasfuture.org/the-pledge/. ^
  7. “Signers.” Campaign for America’s Future, 2019. Accessed April 5, 2020. https://campaignforamericasfuture.org/signers/. ^
  8. “About Us.” Campaign for America’s Future, 2019. Accessed April 5, 2020. https://campaignforamericasfuture.org/about-campaign-for-americas-future/. ^
  9. “Resources.” Campaign for America’s Future, 2019. Accessed April 5, 2020. https://campaignforamericasfuture.org/resources/. ^
  10. “Candidates.” Campaign for America’s Future, 2019. Accessed April 5, 2020. https://campaignforamericasfuture.org/candidates/. ^
  11. “Bernie Sanders.” Campaign for America’s Future, 2019. Accessed April 5, 2020. https://campaignforamericasfuture.org/bernie-sanders/. ^
  12. “Joe Biden.” Campaign for America’s Future, 2019. Accessed April 5, 2020. https://campaignforamericasfuture.org/joe-biden/. ^
  13. “The Pledge.” Campaign for America’s Future, 2019. Accessed April 5, 2020. https://campaignforamericasfuture.org/the-pledge/. ^
  14. “Signers.” Campaign for America’s Future, 2019. Accessed April 5, 2020. https://campaignforamericasfuture.org/signers/. ^
  15. “Adam Green.” Campaign for America’s Future, 2019. Accessed April 6, 2020. https://campaignforamericasfuture.org/signer/adam-green/. ^
  16. “Alan Jenkins.” Campaign for America’s Future, 2019. Accessed April 6, 2020. https://campaignforamericasfuture.org/signer/alan-jenkins/. ^
  17. “Angela Glover Blackwell.” Campaign for America’s Future, 2019. Accessed April 6, 2020. https://campaignforamericasfuture.org/signer/angela-glover-blackwell/. ^
  18. “Billy Wimsatt.” Campaign for America’s Future, 2019. Accessed April 6, 2020. https://campaignforamericasfuture.org/signer/billy-wimsatt/. ^
  19. “Charles Rodgers.” Campaign for America’s Future, 2019. Accessed April 6, 2020. https://campaignforamericasfuture.org/signer/charles-rodgers/. ^
  20. “Chuck Collins.” Campaign for America’s Future, 2019. Accessed April 6, 2020. https://campaignforamericasfuture.org/signer/chuck-collins/. ^
  21. “Corbin Trent.” Campaign for America’s Future, 2019. Accessed April 6, 2020. https://campaignforamericasfuture.org/signer/corbin-trent/. ^
  22. “Dedrick Asante Muhammad.” Campaign for America’s Future, 2019. Accessed April 6, 2020. https://campaignforamericasfuture.org/signer/dedrick-asante-muhammad/. ^
  23. “Donald Cohen.” Campaign for America’s Future, 2019. Accessed April 6, 2020. https://campaignforamericasfuture.org/signer/donald-cohen/. ^
  24. “Donna Smith.” Campaign for America’s Future, 2019. Accessed April 6, 2020. https://campaignforamericasfuture.org/signer/donna-smith/. ^
  25. “Dorian Warren.” Campaign for America’s Future, 2019. Accessed April 6, 2020. https://campaignforamericasfuture.org/signer/dorian-warren/. ^
  26. “Gabriela D. Lemus.” Campaign for America’s Future, 2019. Accessed April 6, 2020. https://campaignforamericasfuture.org/signer/gabriela-d-lemus/. ^
  27. “Gloria Steinem.” Campaign for America’s Future, 2019. Accessed April 6, 2020. https://campaignforamericasfuture.org/signer/gloria-steinem/. ^
  28. “Gloria Totten.” Campaign for America’s Future, 2019. Accessed April 6, 2020. https://campaignforamericasfuture.org/signer/gloria-totten/. ^
  29. “Heather D. Gautney.” Campaign for America’s Future, 2019. Accessed April 6, 2020. https://campaignforamericasfuture.org/signer/heather-d-gautney/. ^
  30. “James Galbraith.” Campaign for America’s Future, 2019. Accessed April 6, 2020. https://campaignforamericasfuture.org/signer/james-galbraith/. ^
  31. “Janet Dewart Bell.” Campaign for America’s Future, 2019. Accessed April 6, 2020. https://campaignforamericasfuture.org/signer/janet-dewart-bell/. ^
  32. “John Cavanagh.” Campaign for America’s Future, 2019. Accessed April 6, 2020. https://campaignforamericasfuture.org/signer/john-cavanagh/. ^
  33. “LaDonna Harris.” Campaign for America’s Future, 2019. Accessed April 6, 2020. https://campaignforamericasfuture.org/signer/ladonna-harris/. ^
  34. “Maria Echaveste.” Campaign for America’s Future, 2019. Accessed April 6, 2020. https://campaignforamericasfuture.org/signer/maria-echaveste/. ^
  35. “Mark Winston Griffith.” Campaign for America’s Future, 2019. Accessed April 6, 2020. https://campaignforamericasfuture.org/signer/mark-winston-griffith/. ^
  36. “Maurice Mitchell.” Campaign for America’s Future, 2019. Accessed April 6, 2020. https://campaignforamericasfuture.org/signer/maurice-mitchell/. ^
  37. “Michael Brune.” Campaign for America’s Future, 2019. Accessed April 6, 2020. https://campaignforamericasfuture.org/signer/michael-brune/. ^
  38. “Nancy Altman.” Campaign for America’s Future, 2019. Accessed April 6, 2020. https://campaignforamericasfuture.org/signer/nancy-altman/. ^
  39. “Nita Chaudhary.” Campaign for America’s Future, 2019. Accessed April 6, 2020. https://campaignforamericasfuture.org/signer/nita-chaudhary/. ^
  40. ‘Rashad Robinson.” Campaign for America’s Future, 2019. Accessed April 6, 2020. https://campaignforamericasfuture.org/signer/rashad-robinson/. ^
  41. “Richard Eskow.” Campaign for America’s Future, 2019. Accessed April 6, 2020. https://campaignforamericasfuture.org/signer/richard-eskow/. ^
  42. “Ro Khanna.” Campaign for America’s Future, 2019. Accessed April 6, 2020. https://campaignforamericasfuture.org/signer/ro-khanna/. ^
  43. “Robert Reich.” Campaign for America’s Future, 2019. Accessed April 6, 2020. https://campaignforamericasfuture.org/signer/2243/. ^
  44. “Saru Jayaraman.” Campaign for America’s Future, 2019. Accessed April 6, 2020. https://campaignforamericasfuture.org/signer/saru-jayaraman/. ^
  45. “Shaunna Thomas.” Campaign for America’s Future, 2019. Accessed April 6, 2020. https://campaignforamericasfuture.org/signer/shaunna-thomas/. ^
  46. “Stephanie Taylor.” Campaign for America’s Future, 2019. Accessed April 6, 2020. https://campaignforamericasfuture.org/signer/stephanie-taylor/. ^
  47. “Robert Borosage.” Campaign for America’s Future, 2019. Accessed April 5, 2020. https://campaignforamericasfuture.org/signer/robert-borosage/. ^
  48. “Robert L. Borosage.” Institute for Policy Studies, 2019. Accessed April 5, 2020. https://ips-dc.org/ips-authors/robert-l-borosage/. ^
  49. “Roger Hickey.” Campaign for America’s Future, 2019. Accessed April 5, 2020. https://campaignforamericasfuture.org/signer/roger-hickey/. ^
  50. “Baye Adofo-Wilson.” LinkedIn, 2020. Accessed April 5, 2020. https://www.linkedin.com/in/bayeadofo/. ^
  51. “Lara Bergthold.” LinkedIn, 2020. Accessed April 5, 2020. https://www.linkedin.com/in/lara-bergthold-38a7ba5/. ^
  52. Moore, Daniel. “Leo Gerard to Step Down After 18 Years as Head of United Steelworkers.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 29, 2019. Accessed April 5, 2020. https://www.post-gazette.com/business/career-workplace/2019/05/29/Leo-Gerard-to-step-down-after-18-years-as-head-of-United-Steelworkers/stories/201905290138. ^
  53. “Van Jones.” Huffington Post, 2019. Accessed April 5, 2020. https://www.huffpost.com/author/van-jones. ^
  54. Rao, Sonia. “The Surprising and Enduring Friendship of Warren Beatty and John McCain.” The Washington Post, August 28, 2018. Accessed April 5, 2020. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/reliable-source/wp/2018/08/28/the-surprising-and-enduring-friendship-of-warren-beatty-and-john-mccain/. ^

Directors, Employees & Supporters

  1. Andrea Batista Schlesinger
    Former Board Member
  2. David Sirota
    Former Senior Fellow
  3. Heather Booth
    Co-Founder
  4. John Sweeney
    Co-Founder
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: May 1, 1994

  • 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
    2017 Dec Form 990 $107,794 $94,701 $154,523 $201,530 N $96,825 $0 $488 $0 PDF
    2016 Dec Form 990 $180,641 $311,793 $285,051 $345,151 N $180,206 $0 $435 $68,157 PDF
    2015 Dec Form 990 $728,068 $754,494 $353,216 $282,164 N $609,785 $106,093 $199 $115,999 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990 $498,313 $556,813 $238,768 $141,290 N $422,082 $67,756 $313 $116,337 PDF
    2013 Dec Form 990 $600,897 $711,980 $242,177 $86,199 N $597,673 $40,004 $354 $74,026 PDF
    2012 Dec Form 990 $715,836 $2,409,251 $437,559 $170,498 N $604,418 $70,283 $1,980 $122,512 PDF
    2011 Dec Form 990 $3,512,164 $1,884,318 $2,095,451 $134,975 N $3,369,238 $115,743 $1,687 $95,062 PDF
    2010 Dec Form 990 $1,056,419 $1,311,507 $416,641 $84,011 N $976,476 $76,592 $3,417 $93,980 PDF

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