Non-profit

Democracy Collaborative

Website:

democracycollaborative.org/

Location:

CLEVELAND, OH

Tax ID:

20-0387511

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Budget (2017):

Revenue: $2,219,240
Expenses: $4,516,451
Assets: $2,195,638

Formation:

2004

Type:

Research and policy organization

President:

Ted Howard

The Democracy Collaborative is a left-of-center organization that advocates for the transition of the United States economic system from a free-market economy to government-controlled socialism. It supports government ownership and control of industries like health care, utilities, and transportation, and the group proposes the creation of a “welfare state” that guarantees a minimum income level for all Americans. [1]

The Democracy Collaborative calls for a new system based upon sexual, gender, and racial justice and the elimination of “mass incarceration.” [2]

Democracy Collaborative was credited with having worked with self-described socialist U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) economic plan for his 2020 Presidential campaign. [3]

Background

The Democracy Collaborative was founded in 2004 and advocates left-wing positions focusing on a dramatic expansion of government control of business and private life. These practices include the seizure of private business and formation of government-run institutions[4] controlled and owned by a diverse demographic workforce. [5] One of its many goals is to “repurpose” the conventional energy, aerospace, and defense industries towards “alternative production” in line with left-wing social policy goals. [6] It further cites traditional economics as the cause of African Americans remaining poor and disconnected from success in recovering cities like Pittsburgh. [7]

The Democracy Collaborative supports replacing private ownership of business with ostensibly “worker-owned” cooperatives that would allow employees or labor unions to control the company and to elect the members of the board. [8]

Ted Howard

Ted Howard is a longtime socialist advocate who is the president and co-founder of Democracy Collaborative. [9]

Socialist Views

Ted Howard is a left-leaning environmentalist and socialism proponent who has complained that people are more able to conceptualize the end of the world than the end of capitalism. [10] Howard has criticized progressive-liberal Democrats like President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama as equally complicit with conservative Republicans President Ronald Reagan and President George W. Bush in supporting the capitalist system. He sees traditional progressive-liberal policies as failed and insufficient in achieving the necessary aims of redistribution of wealth and calls for “an all-out attack on racism, racist leadership, and the so-called alt-right,” which also include current Republican leadership. [11]

Associations with Jeremy Rifkin

Ted Howard is connected in several ventures with Jeremy Rifkin. Howard and Rifkin co-founded the Foundation on Economic Trends which primarily focuses on combatting climate change and protecting the environment against modern technologies. [12] They also co-authored three books focusing on environmentalism concerns. [13]

Rifkin is a highly influential economic advisor to global government leaders. Critics have labeled Rifkin an apocalypse abuser for his environmentalist doomsday claims. Rifkin authored a book called the New Green Deal calling for people to stop using fossil fuels in order to save the planet. [14] He has been described as a far-left environmental activist opposing capitalism and technology. [15]

Other People

Gar Alperovitz is a co-founder of Democracy Collaborative. [16] Alperovitz is an octogenarian that has sought socialist economic transformation for decades. [17] He authored the book America Beyond Capitalism and is a professor of political economy at the University of Maryland. [18]

John Duda is the director of communications and has written in favor of changing ownership of businesses from shareholders to employees. He espouses the idea that a tiny minority of rich people are the ones who benefit the most from the current capitalist system as they own stocks. Duda recommends a change where employees own the corporations. [19]

Peter Gowan is a fellow of Democracy Collaborative who advocates for the expansion of government by nationalizing a wide array of industries including rail transportation, utilities, health care, banking, child care, and education. Gowan claims that there should be a guaranteed minimum income that also provides for families, the elderly, and the disabled. [20]

Michael Hudson[21] is on the board for Democracy Collaborative and a professor of economics at the University of Missouri–Kansas City and at the School of Marxist Studies, Peking University. [22]

Hudson has proposed that the government create nationalized banks that would serve customers from post offices. He believes that the government should supplant large banks like Citibank and Chase for local banking needs. Hudson attests that costs for services like water, sewer, electricity, education and cable television should be eliminated from the marketplace and provided by the government. He has further argued for replacement of private property with government-provided housing. [23]

Affiliates

The Democracy Collaborative’s Healthcare Anchor Network affiliate seeks to reorient certain businesses spending towards the communities of which they reside. [24] The Healthcare Anchor Network focuses on shifting the healthcare industry’s procurements of over $50 billion per year to local companies. It believes that a variety of services like laundry, catering, and construction can be purchased locally, which would foster community stability. Kaiser Permanente is a member of the Healthcare Anchor Network. [25]

Created to address what it describes as the current systemic challenges from the United States capitalist tradition, the Next System Project cites climate change, racial injustice, and economic inequalities as critical reasons to revamp the economic system for one in which a radically different govenrment-run solution will dominate. Leadership of the Next System Project includes socialists like Gar Alperovitz, John Duda and Michael Hudson. [26]

References

  1. Glover, Juleanna, Jeff Greenfield, and Alexandra Glorioso. “What Would a Socialist America Look Like?” POLITICO Magazine, September 3, 2018. https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/09/03/what-would-a-socialist-america-look-like-219626. ^
  2. Glover, Juleanna, Jeff Greenfield, and Alexandra Glorioso. “What Would a Socialist America Look Like?” POLITICO Magazine, September 3, 2018. https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/09/03/what-would-a-socialist-america-look-like-219626. ^
  3. Chelsea Janes, Jeff Stein. “Bernie Sanders’s Plan Would Force Country’s Largest Corporations to Share Profits with Workers.” The Washington Post. WP Company, October 14, 2019. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/10/13/5565adae-edd8-11e9-8693-f487e46784aa_story.html. ^
  4. Glover, Juleanna, Jeff Greenfield, and Alexandra Glorioso. “What Would a Socialist America Look Like?” POLITICO Magazine, September 3, 2018. https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/09/03/what-would-a-socialist-america-look-like-219626. ^
  5. Kelly, Marjorie, and Sarah McKinley. “7 Paths to Development That Bring Neighborhoods Wealth, Not Gentrification.” Yes! Magazine, November 11, 2015. https://www.yesmagazine.org/economy/2015/11/11/7-paths-to-development-that-bring-neighborhoods-wealth-not-gentrification/. ^
  6. Glover, Juleanna, Jeff Greenfield, and Alexandra Glorioso. “What Would a Socialist America Look Like?” POLITICO Magazine, September 3, 2018. https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/09/03/what-would-a-socialist-america-look-like-219626. ^
  7. Kelly, Marjorie, and Sarah McKinley. “7 Paths to Development That Bring Neighborhoods Wealth, Not Gentrification.” Yes! Magazine, November 11, 2015. https://www.yesmagazine.org/economy/2015/11/11/7-paths-to-development-that-bring-neighborhoods-wealth-not-gentrification/. ^
  8. Kelly, Marjorie, and Sarah McKinley. “7 Paths to Development That Bring Neighborhoods Wealth, Not Gentrification.” Yes! Magazine, November 11, 2015. https://www.yesmagazine.org/economy/2015/11/11/7-paths-to-development-that-bring-neighborhoods-wealth-not-gentrification/. ^
  9. “Ted Howard.” The Democracy Collaborative, July 23, 2019. https://democracycollaborative.org/ted-howard ^
  10. “Just Work It.” Just Work It(blog), February 14, 2020. https://justworkit.ca/site/uploads/2020/02/2062_Episode_2_Transcript-final.pdf. ^
  11. Alperovitz, Gar, and Ted Howard. “After the Storms: Defeating Trumpism, Rebuilding America.” TheNextSystem.org, September 20, 2017. https://thenextsystem.org/learn/stories/after-storms-defeating-trumpism-rebuilding-america. ^
  12. “Jeremy Rifkin Explained.” Jeremy Rifkin Explained. Accessed February 25, 2020. http://everything.explained.today/Jeremy_Rifkin/. ^
  13. “Jeremy Rifkin Explained.” Jeremy Rifkin Explained. Accessed February 25, 2020. http://everything.explained.today/Jeremy_Rifkin/. ^
  14. “Foundation on Economic Trends: Funding Sources, Staff Profiles, and Political Agenda: Activist FactsActivist Facts.” Activist Facts. Accessed February 25, 2020. https://www.activistfacts.com/organizations/121-foundation-on-economic-trends/. ^
  15. “Center for Media and Democracy (CMD).” Center for Media and Democracy (CMD). Accessed February 25, 2020. https://www.influencewatch.org/non-profit/center-for-media-and-democracy/. ^
  16. Beckett, Andy. “The New Left Economics: How a Network of Thinkers Is Transforming Capitalism.” The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, June 25, 2019. https://www.theguardian.com/news/2019/jun/25/the-new-left-economics-how-a-network-of-thinkers-is-transforming-capitalism. ^
  17. Beckett, Andy. “The New Left Economics: How a Network of Thinkers Is Transforming Capitalism.” The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, June 25, 2019. https://www.theguardian.com/news/2019/jun/25/the-new-left-economics-how-a-network-of-thinkers-is-transforming-capitalism. ^
  18. GAST, SCOTT. “The Cooperative Economy: A Conversation with Gar Alperovitz.” Gar Alperovitz, June 5, 2014. https://www.garalperovitz.com/2014/06/cooperative-economy-conversation-gar-alperovitz/. ^
  19. Cooper, Ryan. “Bernie Sanders Finally Embraces Socialism.” The Week – All you need to know about everything that matters. The Week, October 15, 2019. https://theweek.com/articles/871555/bernie-sanders-finally-embraces-socialism. ^
  20. Glover, Juleanna, Jeff Greenfield, and Alexandra Glorioso. “What Would a Socialist America Look Like?” POLITICO Magazine, September 3, 2018. https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/09/03/what-would-a-socialist-america-look-like-219626. ^
  21. Smith, Yves, Jim Haygood, and John Rose. “MIchael Hudson: The Democracy Collaborative.” naked capitalism, March 30, 2017. https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2017/03/michael-hudson-democracy-collaborative.html. ^
  22. “Michael Hudson.” The Democracy Collaborative. Accessed February 25, 2020. https://democracycollaborative.org/content/michael-hudson. ^
  23. Smith, Yves, Jim Haygood, and John Rose. “MIchael Hudson: The Democracy Collaborative.” naked capitalism, March 30, 2017. https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2017/03/michael-hudson-democracy-collaborative.html. ^
  24. Martin, Nancy. “Advancing the Anchor Mission of Healthcare.” The Democracy Collaborative, March 7, 2017. https://democracycollaborative.org/content/advancing-anchor-mission-healthcare-report. ^
  25. Goodman, Peter S. “When a Steady Paycheck Is Good Medicine.” The New York Times. The New York Times, October 10, 2019. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/10/business/healthcare-anchor-network.html ^
  26. “Next System Project.” Next System Project. Accessed February 24, 2020. https://thenextsystem.org/staff. ^

Directors, Employees & Supporters

  1. James Gustave Speth
    Former Senior Fellow

Coalition Memberships

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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: May 1, 2004

  • 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 $2,219,240 $4,516,451 $2,195,638 $909,891 N $1,569,729 $635,537 $77 $761,593
    2016 Dec Form 990 $4,837,417 $4,024,662 $4,170,453 $607,495 N $4,315,312 $521,811 $60 $790,467 PDF
    2015 Dec Form 990 $4,903,009 $2,629,615 $3,933,577 $180,832 N $4,349,805 $553,177 $27 $497,175 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990 $712,966 $1,184,595 $1,321,229 $23,298 N $468,047 $244,911 $0 $186,598 PDF
    2014 Jun Form 990 $2,345,801 $1,790,671 $1,794,208 $24,353 N $2,315,795 $29,538 $0 $174,294 PDF
    2013 Jun Form 990 $1,634,593 $1,207,877 $1,158,808 $27,913 N $1,595,186 $39,387 $0 $199,030 PDF
    2012 Jun Form 990 $802,092 $689,563 $453,315 $0 N $782,330 $19,762 $0 $160,493 PDF
    2011 Jun Form 990 $526,825 $533,021 $340,786 $0 N $526,825 $0 $0 $153,769 PDF

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