Non-profit

Democracy Forward Foundation (DFF)

Website:

democracyforward.org

Location:

WASHINGTON, DC

Tax ID:

82-1007988

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Formation:

2016

Type:

Left-Leaning Litigation and Advocacy Group

Executive Director:

Anne Harkavy

President:

John Podesta

Notable Advisory Board Members:

John Podesta

Marc Elias

For more information, see Democracy Forward

Democracy Forward Foundation (DFF) is a center-left litigation and advocacy nonprofit created in early 2017 by high-level Democratic Party operatives. The organization has been aggressive in targeting the Trump administration.[1] Examples include an ethics complaint against the president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, alleging she was illegally promoting her clothing apparel line by wearing its products at official government functions,[2] and a lawsuit claiming the Trump administration was violating the U.S. Constitution by cutting the Obamacare advertising budget and permitting the sale of additional health coverage plans.[3]

The DFF board is chaired by Marc Elias, general counsel for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and head of the political law practice at Perkins Coie that represents almost all of the nation’s most powerful Democratic Party and left-leaning political advocacy organizations.[4] Anne Harkavy, a legal counsel to the presidential campaigns of Barack Obama and John Kerry, is the group’s executive director.[5] The rest of the DFF board and most of the other senior staffers have similar partisan work histories.[6]

Mainstream media accounts of DFF’s campaigns in publications such as Newsweek [7] , the Washington Post[8], and the Chicago Sun-Times [9] frequently fail to note the ideological agenda of DFF, often neutrally identifying it as a nonprofit “watchdog” organization.

Democracy Forward

Also see Democracy Forward

Democracy Forward (DF) is the 501(c)(4) advocacy affiliate of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Democracy Forward Foundation. The two organizations appear to share the same website, board and employees. As of late 2018 the DFF/DF website showed 27 employees, including a ten-lawyer legal team. [10]

Democracy Forward Foundation’s funding sources and budget information were not known as of December 2018.

References

  1. “Our Mission.” Democracy Forward. Accessed December 11, 2018. https://democracyforward.org/about/#.XBB3EGhKjIU
  2. Kwong, Jessica. “IVANKA TRUMP SHOULD ‘KNOW BETTER’: WATCHDOG DEMANDS INVESTIGATION ON FIRST DAUGHTER WEARING HER COMPANY’S CLOTHES.” Newsweek. January 24, 2018. Accessed December 11, 2018. https://www.newsweek.com/ivanka-trump-should-know-better-watchdog-demands-investigation-first-daughter-789808
  3. “City of Columbus v. Trump.” Democracy Forward. Accessed December 11, 2018. https://democracyforward.org/work/trump-sabotage-aca/#.XBCXJWhKjIU
  4. “Marc E. Elias, Partner.” Perkins Coie. Accessed December 11, 2018. https://www.perkinscoie.com/en/professionals/marc-e-elias.html
  5. “Anne Harkavy.” Democracy Forward. Accessed December 11, 2018. https://democracyforward.org/staff/anne-harkavy/#.XBCHImhKjIU
  6. “Our Mission.” Democracy Forward. Accessed December 11, 2018. https://democracyforward.org/about/#.XBB3EGhKjIU
  7. Kwong, Jessica. “IVANKA TRUMP WAS MORE THAN COMPLICIT IN OBAMA EQUAL PAY ROLLBACK—SHE HAD A HAND IN IT, WATCHDOG ALLEGES.” Newsweek. August 29, 2018. Accessed December 11, 2018. https://www.newsweek.com/ivanka-trump-equal-pay-complicit-obama-1093833
  8. Portnoy, Jenna. “Paddlers sue Coast Guard for kicking them off the Potomac when Trump is golfing.” Washington Post. September 20, 2018. Accessed December 11, 2018. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/paddlers-sue-coast-guard-for-kicking-boats-off-potomac-when-trump-is-golfing/2018/09/20/dac363e8-bcbe-11e8-be70-52bd11fe18af_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.6dc15af13630
  9. Spielman, Fran. “Chicago joins lawsuit accusing Trump of ‘sabotaging’ Obamacare.” Chicago Sun-Times. August 2, 2018. Accessed December 11, 2018. https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/chicago-lawsuit-accusing-trump-sabotaging-obamacare-affordable-care-act-sanctuary-cities/
  10. “Our Mission.” Democracy Forward. Accessed December 11, 2018. https://democracyforward.org/about/#.XBB3EGhKjIU

Directors, Employees & Supporters

  1. Faiz Shakir
    Board Member
  2. Scott Nathan
    Board Member
  3. Matthew Miller
    Board Member
  4. Mindy Myers
    Board Member
  5. Ronald Klain
    Board Member
  6. Maya Harris
    Board Member
  7. Anne Harkavy
    Executive Director
  8. Marc Elias
    Board Member
  9. John Podesta
    President, Board Member

Associated Organizations

  1. Democracy Forward (DF) (Non-profit)
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: June - May
  • Tax Exemption Received: June 1, 2017

  • Available Filings

    No filings available.

    Democracy Forward Foundation (DFF)

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