Non-profit

Center for Community Change (CCC) Action

Location:

WASHINGTON, DC

Tax ID:

27-0061100

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(4)

Budget (2015):

Revenue: $10,090,691
Expenses: $2,021,224
Assets: $10,423,944

Type:

Progressive Advocacy Group

Formation:

1968

Center for Community Change Action, a progressive 501(c)(4) organization, is the lobbying arm of the Center for Community Change (CCC). It engages in political activity supporting progressive causes and candidates, opposing conservatives.

Organizational Overview

Describing its mission as “to build the power and capacity of low-income people, especially low-income people of color, to change their communities and public policies for the better,[1]” which is the same as its sister organization’s mission, Center for Community Change Action seeks a larger government role in the economy, retirement, and housing.  It advocates for granting legal presence to current illegal immigrants and expanding legal immigration to the United States; most of its self-described “success stories” listed on CCC Action’s website have to do with immigration-related issues.[2]

CCC Action seeks to register and engage with progressive voters.  In particular, the “Rising American Electorate” —a proposed bloc of progressive unmarried women, young people, and people of color believed by many left-of-center organizations and scholars to be the key to winning presidential elections—is a target of CCC Action.[3]  CCC Action mostly focuses on registering and turning out ethnic minorities and the poor in swing states each presidential election, and in states with competitive U.S. Senate races in both presidential and midterm years.[4]  Ben Hanna, the Electoral Program’s Co-Director, says “If everyone of [low-income people] went to the polls to support candidates and ballot measures that truly served their interests, progressive candidates and policies would win every time.”[5]

Political Activity

In addition to these direct voter registration and engagement efforts, Center for Community Change Action runs a Super PAC, set up in March 2016, called Immigrant Voters Win.[6]  The Super PAC raised more than $10 million for the 2016 presidential election, with the largest single donation, for $3 million, coming from George Soros.[7]  Hedge fund manager and prominent Democratic donor James Simons kicked in another $500,000.[8]

The Super PAC spent more than $3 million promoting the unsuccessful presidential candidacy of Hillary Clinton and hundreds of thousands more to benefit the campaigns of Democratic Senate candidates Michael Bennet, Catherine Cortez Masto, and Patrick Murphy.  Immigrant Voters Win spent additional funds opposing Republicans, including presidential candidates Donald Trump and Marco Rubio.[9]  Just as its voter registration efforts target swing states, candidates who benefit from or are targeted by CCC Action’s expenditures typically are running in competitive races.

People

Center for Community Change Action employs 9 people, all of whom also work for the sister organization.[10]

Funding

The Center for Community Change Action relies on only a small handful of donors for almost all its funding. Among those donors were organizations such as Every Citizen Counts (since merged with Priorities USA), a nonprofit started by allies of the Hillary Clinton campaign to mobilize African American and Latino voters, which donated $1,750,000 and the Open Society Policy Center, the 501(c)(4) lobbying arm of the Open Society Foundations created by liberal financier George Soros, which contributed $1,475,000.

Other donors included the Sixteen Thirty Fund ($610,000 donation); Center for Community Change ($150,000 contribution); Services Employees International Union (SEIU) ($150,000); Atlantic Philanthropies ($75,000); and the Tides Foundation ($50,000).[11] [12]

References

  1. “Mission and Vision.” Center for Community Change Action. Accessed June 01, 2017. http://www.cccaction.org/our-story/mission-and-vision/.
  2. “Success Stories.” Center for Community Change Action. Accessed June 2, 2017. https://www.cccaction.org/impact/success-stories/.
  3. “We Helped Register 250,000 in 2015-16.” Community Voters Project. Accessed April 23, 2017. http://www.communityvotersproject.org/about.
  4. “We Helped Register 250,000 in 2015-16.” Community Voters Project. Accessed April 23, 2017. http://www.communityvotersproject.org/about.
  5. “Electoral.” Center for Community Change Action. Accessed May 28, 2017. https://www.cccaction.org/focus-areas/electoral/.
  6. “Center for Community Change Action, Latino Victory Project, America’s Voice, and NV/CO/FL State Leaders Partner in Multi-Million Dollar “Families Fight Back” Voter Mobilization Campaign.” America’s Voice. March 11, 2016. Accessed May 3, 2017. http://americasvoice.org/press_releases/center-community-change-action-latino-victory-project-americas-voice-nvcofl-state-leaders-partner-multi-million-dollar-families-fight-back-voter-mobilization/.
  7. “Immigrant Voters Win.” OpenSecrets.org Center for Responsive Politics. February 8, 2017. Accessed April 22, 2017. https://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/pacgave2.php?cycle=2016&cmte=C00612820.
  8. “The Center for Responsive Politics.” OpenSecrets.org. Accessed July 31, 2017. https://www.opensecrets.org/outsidespending/donor_detail.php?cycle=2016&id=U0000000315&type=I&super=N&name=Simons%2C%2BJames%2BH.%2B%26%2BMarilyn.
  9. “Independent Expenditures, Communication Costs and Coordinated Expenses as of April 3, 2017.” OpenSecrets.org Center for Responsive Politics. April 3, 2017. Accessed April 21, 2017. https://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/indexpend.php?cycle=2016&cmte=C00612820.
  10. “Staff.” Center for Community Change Action. Accessed June 13, 2017. https://www.cccaction.org/our-story/people/staff/.
  11. Schoffstall, Joe. “Donors of Anti-Trump ‘Resistance’ Group Revealed.” Washington Free Beacon. October 05, 2017. Accessed October 23, 2017. http://freebeacon.com/politics/donors-anti-trump-resistance-group-revealed/.
  12. Schoffstall, Joe. “George Soros Just Flooded Local DA Races with an Eye-Popping Amount of Cash.” Washington Free Beacon. August 25, 2017. Accessed October 23, 2017. http://freebeacon.com/issues/george-soros-floods-local-da-races-1-7m-philadelphia/.

Directors, Employees & Supporters

  1. Marvin Randolph
    Former Deputy Executive Director
  2. Dorian Warren
    President
  3. Deepak Bhargava
    Executive Director (CCC)
  4. Mike Lux
    Consultant
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: September - August
  • Tax Exemption Received: June 1, 2008

  • 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 Sep Form 990 $10,090,691 $2,021,224 $10,423,944 $163,862 N $9,727,147 $225,253 $623 $93,668 PDF
    2014 Sep Form 990 $4,776,295 $4,414,134 $2,489,031 $298,416 N $4,453,931 $364,160 $601 $34,791 PDF
    2013 Sep Form 990 $4,575,647 $6,007,070 $2,693,377 $864,923 N $4,090,909 $535,238 $674 $41,192 PDF
    2012 Sep Form 990 $4,158,902 $4,124,088 $3,935,814 $675,937 N $4,083,801 $74,492 $609 $51,553 PDF
    2011 Sep Form 990 $6,435,321 $5,749,795 $3,589,236 $364,173 N $6,364,875 $68,423 $1,023 $29,244 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

    Center for Community Change (CCC) Action

    1536 U ST NW
    WASHINGTON, DC 20009-3912