Non-profit

Color of Change

Website:

www.colorofchange.org

Location:

OAKLAND, CA

Tax ID:

20-4496889

DUNS Number:

07-940-0980

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(4)

Budget (2015):

Revenue: $3,158,072
Expenses: $1,430,048
Assets: $2,359,367

Formation:

2005 in Oakland, CA

Founders:

Van Jones

James Rucker

Former Relationship:

Citizen Engagement Laboratory (CEL)

Executive Director:

Rashad Robinson

For the 501(c)(3), see Color of Change Education Fund (Nonprofit)

Color of Change is an online organizing organization created by the Obama administration’s former “green jobs czar” Van Jones and the former director of grassroots mobilization for MoveOn.org, James Rucker, in 2005.[1] Jones and Rucker formed the group to publicize President George W. Bush’s perceived neglect of African-American communities after Hurricane Katrina.[2]

Color of Change’s web-based “campaigns” employ petitions, shareable social media images, and corporate boycotts[3] to advocate for liberal policies.[4] Color of Change has run campaigns that seek to attack conservative individuals, silence conservative media pundits, and defund conservative organizations.

Color of Change also uses its campaigns to advocate for left-of-center criminal enforcement and domestic policies. In recent years the organization has pushed to eliminate “stand your ground” self-defense laws [5] and reduce prison sentences.[6] The organization has also pushed for tax increases,[7] higher government spending,[8]government-controlled healthcare,[9] race-based environmentalist legislation, [10] and a number of labor handouts including both state[11] and federal minimum wage increases.[12]

Organizational Overview

On September 1, 2005, Moveon.org’s then-director of grassroots mobilization James Rucker and future Obama administration environmental policy aide Van Jones created ColorOfChange[13] as an offshoot from the Citizen Engagement Laboratory (CEL), in response to what they perceived as neglect of black Americans by President George W. Bush’s relief and restoration efforts.[14]

Described as a “MoveOn for black people”[15] and an “online civil rights group”[16] the organization uses internet tools[17] to advocate for liberal policies that “advance the power and political strength of Black people.” [18]

Campaigns

Color of Change engages its members through internet-based “campaigns” such as petitions, shareable social media images, or corporate boycotts. [19] Color of Change’s campaigns have often opposed conservative politicians, and sought to silence conservative media advocates, and organizations.

Dave Weigel wrote in Slate that Color of Change’s campaigns follows a predictable strategy, whereby the organization first targets a conservative it accuses of racial animus then “demand[s] that the conservative lose his platform” and finally “melt[s] the phones and inboxes until victory.”[20]

Nomination of Samuel Alito

In 2006, Color of Change ran a petition campaign opposing President George W. Bush’s nomination of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court.[21]

Fox News

In 2007, the organization condemned Fox News claiming that the news organization “consistently attacked Black people” and sought “shame” the Congressional Black Caucus Institute into dropping out of a planned partnership with Fox News to co-host presidential debates.[22]

In 2009, Color of Change created a petition drive attacking Fox News’ corporate advertisers in an effort to force Glenn Beck off cable television[23] for alleged “racially divisive rhetoric.” [24]

Andrew Breitbart

Color of Change, in partnership with CREDO Action, submitted over 125,000 petitions that pushed executives at ABC News and its parent company Disney to disallow conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart from participating in ABC’s 2010 election night coverage.[25]

American Legislative Exchange Council

Also see American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) (Nonprofit)

In 2011, in association with the Center for Media and Democracy, Common Cause, and People for the American Way,[26] Color of Change launched a campaign urging businesses to stop funding the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)[27] — an association of state legislators supporting free-market policies.[28]

“Bloodmoney”

Also see Southern Poverty Law Center (Nonprofit)

In 2018, Color of Change launched its “Bloodmoney” campaign to halt financial service and credit card companies like Discover, Visa, American Express, and Mastercard from processing payments to conservative organizations falsely accused of being “hate groups” by Color of Change and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).[29]

The group accused payment processing companies of “profit[ing] from white supremacy by tolerating the use of their services by hate groups,” falsely linking conservative organizations to the June 2015 shooting of an African American church in Charleston, South Carolina by white supremacist Dylann Roof, and violence at the 2017 Unite the Right rally by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia.[30]

In September 2018, it was reported that Color of Change pressured Mastercard into refusing to process donations to the conservative David Horowitz Freedom Center, a decision that was later reversed following public outcry. Color of Change’s list of supposed “white nationalist groups” closely matched that of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “thoroughly discredited list of hate groups, while excluding black racist groups, such as Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam, from the list”:[31]

“Even so, the list of ‘white supremacists’ that Color of Change had tried to force credit card companies to stop doing business with included a black church, organizations run by Jews, Arabs, and former Muslims, not to mention the American College of Pediatricians.”

2008 Presidential Election

In 2008, Color of Change ran a letter writing campaign against 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain alleging that his campaign was “relying on a strategy of race-baiting and fear-mongering.”[32]

2016 Presidential Election

In 2016, Color of Change called upon businesses to boycott the Republican National Convention.[33] The organization’s executive director, Rashad Robinson, claimed that any company that gave money to the 2016 RNC was perpetuating “white supremacy.”[34]

Issue Advocacy

Color of Change has run a large number of campaigns to weaken state-level law enforcement measures.[35] Color of Change’s current criminal enforcement policy campaigns seek to end the practices of cash bail[36] and probation.[37]

One of the organization’s first campaigns in 2007 raised funds for the legal defense of six African-American students charged with the beating of a high-school student in Jena, Louisiana.[38]

Color of Change waged a multi-state campaign to eliminate “stand your ground” self-defense laws after the contested shooting of an African-American Florida teenager.[39]

In 2014, Color of Change successfully pushed New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to abandon the city’s “stop and frisk” policing tactic.[40]

Outside criminal justice policies, Color of Change opposed President Donald Trump’s attempts to repeal Obamacare[41] supported so-called “Medicare for All” legislation which would institute a government-controlled healthcare system.[42] The organization has also advocated against so-called “environmental racism” and called for strict environmentalist legislation.[43]

Color of Change opposed multiple conservative budget proposals[44][45] has supported massive tax increases.[46]

Color of Change has called for a number of labor handouts including both state[47]and federal minimum wage increases.[48]Additionally the organization ran a corporate campaign against Walmart calling upon the company to enact a $15 minimum wage.[49]

Democracy Initiative

In 2013, Color of Change was reported to be a partner in the Democracy Initiative, an informal gathering of approximately 35 liberal advocacy groups that came together to organize their advocacy efforts on an array of liberal issues. Other groups in the Democracy Initiative included the League of Conservation Voters, the AFL-CIO, SEIU, Common Cause, Voto Latino, Demos, People for the American Way, National Wildlife Federation, the Center for American Progress, and the United Auto Workers (UAW). [50]

False Claims

Color of Change has made a number of statements in support of their liberal agenda that were subsequently found to be untrue.

In 2014, left-leaning fact-checker Politifact found a Color of Change flyer claiming that Republicans were “trying to impeach our president” (at the time, Barack Obama) to be “mostly false.” [51]

In 2010 the blog NewsBusters, a project of conservative media watchdog group the Media Research Center, called attention to the fact that in its “Turn Off Fox” campaign, Color of Change relied upon demonstrable falsehoods to criticize Fox for the same behavior.[52]

Democratic Party Activism

During the 2008 presidential campaign Color of Change circulated a letter and petition “promising that the Democrats will pay a ‘political price’ if they overturn the will of black and young voters and choose Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y) as the party’s nominee over Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.).”[53]

Funding

In 2016, Color of Change’s executive director said that neither Color of Change nor Color of Change PAC takes money from big corporations.[54] However, the Washington Times reported that liberal billionaire George Soros gave $500,000 to Color of Change in 2015. [55]

Additionally in 2015 Color of Change was listed as a partner organization with the secretive liberal funding organization known as the Democracy Alliance.[56]

People

Van Jones, who would go on to be an Obama White House aide and commentator for CNN, co-founded the Color of Change. Before he adopted a more temperate public image, Jones associated with left-wing extremism. Jones admitted in 2005 that he had been a communist and “rowdy nationalist,” referring to his participation in 1992 Rodney King protests as a law school student.[57]

In March 2009, the Obama administration appointed Jones as his Special Advisor for Green Jobs, commonly sloganized as “green jobs czar.”[58] Roughly six months later, Jones resigned from his post due to a revelations of his background, which was too radical to be associated with the administration.[59] The Washington Post noted: “His involvement with the now-defunct Bay Area radical group Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement (STORM), which had Marxist roots, also emerged as an issue. And on Saturday, his advocacy on behalf of death-row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted of fatally shooting a Philadelphia police officer in 1981, threatened to further deepen the controversy.”[60]

James Rucker is a co-founder and former president of the Color of Change. In addition, Rucker helped start the Citizen Engagement Laboratory (CEL) in 2008, which builds on the work of Color of Change and helps to finance it.[61]

For two years starting in 2003, Rucker worked as director of MoveOn.org’s grassroots mobilization.[62] He continues to serve MoveOn.org Civic Action as one of its board members.[63] Rucker is also on the board of the controversial left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).[64]

Rashad Robinson is the current Executive Director of the 501(c)(3) arm of Color of Change, the Color of Change Education Fund, and he previously served as senior director of programs for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).[65]

Keith Goodman is Chief of Staff and Operations for the Color of Change groups. Goodman previously worked for the AFL-CIO, developing targeting strategies for the 2004 election; the Democratic National Committee; and the 2008 Presidential campaign of Barack Obama.[66] He also worked from 2009 to 2011 for former U.S. Vice President Al Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection, which is now a part of the Climate Reality Project.[67]

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  42. “Tell Undecided House Democrats to support #MedicareForAll!” Color of Change Petition. Undated. Accessed March 13, 2018. https://act.colorofchange.org/sign/medicare-forall
  43. “GOP: Stop standing in the way of environmental justice.” Color of Change Petition. Undated. Accessed March 13, 2018. https://act.colorofchange.org/sign/gop-obstruction-environmental-justice
  44. “President Obama and Senate Democrats: Don’t allow Republican budget cuts.” Color of Change Petition. Undated. Accessed March 13, 2018. https://act.colorofchange.org/sign/budget2011
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  49. “Walmart: Pay workers $15 an hour and give them full-time hours.” Color of Change Petition. Undated. Accessed March 13, 2018. https://act.colorofchange.org/sign/fightfor15
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Directors, Employees & Supporters

  1. Rashad Robinson
    Executive Director
  2. Van Jones
    Co-Founder
  3. Jenifer Fernandez Ancona
    Initial Launch Supporter
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: June 1, 2006

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    2014 Dec Form 990 $1,013,892 $862,705 $587,744 $63,886 N $1,000,932 $12,950 $10 $240,140 PDF
    2013 Dec Form 990 $548,389 $731,446 $403,345 $30,675 N $538,557 $1,000 $27 $83,634 PDF
    2012 Dec Form 990 $783,417 $998,204 $914,727 $359,000 N $778,767 $4,600 $50 $51,033 PDF
    2011 Dec Form 990 $697,723 $177,128 $1,455,178 $684,664 N $697,155 $485 $83 $20,112 PDF
    2010 Dec Form 990 $515,219 $247,015 $701,868 $451,949 N $514,277 $932 $10 $0 PDF

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