The Protect Democracy Project (PDP) is a left-of-center litigation organization created to oppose the policies of President Donald Trump.
United to Protect Democracy is the 501(c)(4) advocacy affiliate of the Protect Democracy Project.
President and Executive Director
Ian Bassin is president and executive director of the Protect Democracy Project, the same position he holds in United to Protect Democracy.   In 2017, Bassin’s total compensation from both organizations totaled $185,943, with an additional estimated compensation of $16,577 from both nonprofits.  Bassin served as associate White House counsel for the Obama administration from 2009 to 2011. 
Justin Florence is legal director for PDP. In 2017, Florence earned a salary of $119,805.  Florence previously served in private business and securities litigation practice and the Office of the White House Counsel. Florence has also served as senior counsel on the staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee, where he “worked for Senator Sheldon Whitehouse [D-RI].” 
Allison Murphy and Laurence Schwartzol serve as legal counsel to PDP. In 2017, Murphy earned a salary of $124,733 and Schwartzol a salary of $100,435. 
Board of Directors
PDP has received $100,000 in general operating support grants from the left-wing Hewlett Foundation in 2018.  The grant was made through Hewlett’s “Madison Initiative,” a fund for “strengthening U.S. democracy and its institutions . . . in a time of political polarization.”  Other Madison Initiative grant recipients include the Third Way Institute, Pew Charitable Trusts, Brennan Center for Justice, and Bipartisan Policy Center. 
According to its 2017 IRS filing (Form 990), United to Protect Democracy and Protect Democracy Project are not “‘related organizations’ as that term is defined the [IRS] Form 990 glossary.” However, the organizations have a “cost-sharing agreement” in which the Protect Democracy Project “pays United to Protect Democracy (UPD) for its allocable share of personnel, equipment, facilities and other resources.” 
In 2017, Protect Democracy Project’s gross revenues were $2.66 million, its expenditures were $1.22 million, and its net assets were $3.2 million. 
Protect Democracy Project and United to Protect Democracy list dozens of advisers to the organizations. Notable advisers include Jerry Taylor, president of the nominally libertarian think tank Niskanen Center; failed 2016 presidential candidate and Stand Up Republic co-founder Evan McMullin; failed 2016 vice presidential candidate and Stand Up Republic co-founder Mindy Finn; and Defending Democracy Together directors Mona Charen and Linda Chavez.