Congressional Progressive Caucus Center (CPCC)




Tax ID:


Tax-Exempt Status:


Budget (2017):

Revenue: $482,779
Expenses: $580,926
Assets: $17,330




Left-Wing Advocacy Organizing Group


Liz Watson

The Congressional Progressive Caucus Center (CPCC) is the advocacy and think-tank arm of the Congressional Progressive Caucus,[1] a left-wing congressional caucus within the Democratic Party. [2]  CPCC works to move the Democratic Party’s policy platform further to the left on issues including abortion, labor, environmentalism, health care, and fiscal policy. [3]


In 2018, Congressional Progressive Caucus Center reported $1,412,040 in contributions[4] and $887,258 in net assets. [5] Though CPC center is not required to disclose its donors, several left-of-center organizations have reported supporting CPCC in the past, including MoveOn Civic Action and the Indivisible Project. [6]

Political Advocacy

As the policy center for a left-wing caucus, Congressional Progressive Caucus Center publishes frequent statements on federal policy, arguing for far-left positions on both fiscal policy and social issues.

Budget and Appropriations

CPCC referred to the Trump administration’s 2021 budget proposal as a “brutal insult to the American people” and criticized the administration for funding the military, claiming that the proposed budget “favors corporate interests and the expansion of the military-industrial complex over the basic needs of the people of our country.” [7]

CPCC has a history of resisting military funding to advance left-of-center interests. After criticizing the Trump administration for its plan to construct a wall along the United States southern border, CPCC successfully pushed for the provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act in the House of Representatives that limit the use of military construction funding for domestic projects to $100 million. [8]

CPCC has also argued against the use of military funding to promote domestic security, working to advance both U.S. Representative Hank Johnson’s (D-GA) bill to limit the donation and sale of surplus military equipment to law enforcement and U.S. Representative Lydia Velasquez’s (D-NY) bill to completely repeal the Department of Defense’s 1033 Program. The 1033 Program allows the federal government to transfer military equipment to federal, tribal, state, and local law enforcement agencies across the country. [9]

Abortion Advocacy

CPCC supports the repeal of the Hyde Amendment, which would allow the federal government to use public funding to pay for abortions and support abortion clinics. [10] In 2019, the CPCC supported U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth’s (D-IL) Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Act of 2019. If passed, the legislation would not only allow for the federal government to provide general funding for abortion clinics, but also cover the upfront cost of individual abortions through Medicaid. [11]


CPCC has argued for left-wing labor policies, including increasing the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour and forcing every worker to accept a labor union-negotiated contract. [12] CPCC also supports the implementation of a labor-union-preferred “joint employer” standard, a rule that would require both a franchiser and the franchisee to be held liable by workers in case of lawsuits and would require both parties to be involved in collective bargaining with labor unions. [13]

CPCC has supported federal legislation to enact such policies, advocating for U.S. Representative Bobby Scott’s (D-VA) Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, which would place a gag rule on employers by forbidding them to discuss negative impacts of unionization with their employees. The proposed legislation would also expand the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) power, allowing the NLRB to force bargaining parties to reach an agreement on key employment terms against their will. [14]


CPCC advocates for increased government intervention in environmental policy, supporting legislation to create “union green jobs,” transfer the entire United States to environmentalist energy, and to oppose traditional energy companies. [15]

Health Care

CPCC supports a “single-payer” healthcare controlled and funded by the federal government. The system would force all hospitals and doctors to be in-network for all patients and dramatically increase the amount of people who use federally-funded health insurance. [16] In May of 2019, CPCC released a paper in support of single-payer healthcare. [17]


Liz Watson is the executive director of CPCC. Before becoming executive director, Watson was the Labor Policy Director and Chief Labor Counsel on the Education and Labor Committee in the United States House of Representatives. [18] In 2018, Watson ran for the House of Representatives to represent Indiana’s 9th Congressional District, losing to incumbent U.S. Representative Trey Hollingsworth (R) by a 13-point margin. [19]


  1. Killough, Ashley. “Congressional progressives get their own center” CNN. Accessed September 12, 2020. ^
  2. Axelroad, Tall. “Progressives look to flex their muscle in next Congress after primary wins” The Hill. August 14, 2020. Accessed September 12, 2020. ^
  3. “Our Work” Congressional Progressive Caucus Center. ^
  4. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax” Accessed September 12, 2020. Part I, Line 12. ^
  5. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax” Accessed September 12, 2020, Part I, Line 22. ^
  6. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax” Accessed September 12, 2020. Part II. ^
  7. “Explainer – President’s Budget for FY 2021” Congressional Progressive Caucus Center. ^
  8. “Explainer – FY 2021 National Defense Authorization Act” Congressional Progressive Caucus Center. ^
  9. “Explainer – FY 2021 National Defense Authorization Act” Congressional Progressive Caucus Center. ^
  10. “Explainer – FY 2021 National Defense Authorization Act” Congressional Progressive Caucus Center. ^
  11. “Issues – Reproductive Rights” Congressional Progressive Caucus Center. ^
  12. “Issues – Worker’s Rights” Congressional Progressive Caucus Center. ^
  13. “Explainer-The joint-employer standard and the National Labor Relations Act” Congressional Progressive Caucus Center. ^
  14. “CPC Endorsed Bills.” Congressional Progressive Caucus Center. Accessed October 1, 2020. ^
  15. “Issues – Environment & Climate” Congressional Progressive Caucus Center. ^
  16. “Issues – Healthcare for All” Congressional Progressive Caucus Center. ^
  17. “Assessment of the Congressional Budget Office Study: Key Design Components and Considerations for Establishing a Single Payer Health Care System” Congressional Progressive Caucus Center. ^
  18. “About – Our Team” Congressional Progressive Caucus Center. ^
  19. “Indiana’s 9th Congressional District election, 2018” Ballotpedia.,_2018 ^
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Nonprofit Information

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

  • 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 $482,779 $580,926 $17,330 $58,513 N $482,779 $0 $0 $141,852 PDF
    2016 Dec Form 990 $484,391 $576,274 $97,634 $40,670 N $474,938 $9,453 $0 $147,354
    2015 Dec Form 990 $636,017 $548,769 $174,277 $25,431 N $613,042 $22,975 $0 $155,481 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990 $571,300 $539,798 $76,911 $15,313 N $571,300 $0 $0 $154,458 PDF
    2013 Dec Form 990 $749,365 $715,232 $37,075 $6,979 N $749,365 $0 $0 $129,072 PDF
    2012 Dec Form 990 $707,630 $826,635 $56,550 $60,587 N $707,630 $0 $0 $151,296 PDF
    2011 Dec Form 990 $680,042 $639,613 $116,896 $1,928 N $680,042 $0 $0 $98,000 PDF
    2010 Dec Form 990 $390,535 $341,404 $97,394 $22,854 N $390,535 $0 $0 $125,546 PDF

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