Raise Up Missouri is a left-of-center nonprofit created in 2017 to support the successful campaign to raise Missouri’s statewide minimum wage in 2018 (Proposition B). The proposed changes set the minimum wage increase to $12 per hour by 2023. 
Raise Up Missouri procures funds primarily from out-of-state left-wing interest groups that critics have criticized as “dark money” organizations, most prominently the Sixteen Thirty Fund.    Local and national labor unions, including the United Food and Commercial Workers, SEIU Healthcare Illinois/Indiana, and SEIU Local 1 have also funded Raise Up Missouri. 
Raise Up Missouri started in August 2017 as a campaign to raise the minimum wage in Missouri. Raise Up Missouri created the campaign in response to a move by then-Governor Eric Grietens (R) to block left-wing municipalities from raising local minimum wages above the state-set level. The campaign launch was backed by Kansas City AFL-CIO, SEIU Local 1, Stand Up Kansas City, and Missouri Jobs with Justice. 
2018 Ballot Measure Campaign
Raise Up Missouri later pushed a ballot measure closely tied to the contested 2018 U.S. Senate race of incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO.) against then-State Attorney General Josh Hawley (R). Senator McCaskill was the highest profile official from Missouri to support Raise Up Missouri’s campaign for Proposition B. Raise Up Missouri raised a total of $6.99 million for Proposition B. 
Raise Up Missouri raised 90 percent of its campaign funds from out-of-state groups and labor unions. Raise Up Missouri received $4,783,500 from Sixteen Thirty Fund, including a single contribution of $3 million in August 2018. Sixteen Thirty Fund is a left-wing funding group for lobbying and electoral projects that is part of the network of nonprofits run by the philanthropy consulting firm Arabella Advisors in Washington, D.C.  Raise Up Missouri’s acceptance of donations from Sixteen Thirty Fund through undisclosed sources was reportedly criticized by Democrats supportive of minimum wage increases.   A large part of the funds funneled through Sixteen Thirty Fund come from labor unions.  Although Amendment 2 in Missouri limits election campaign contributions, ballot initiatives are not subject to the rule. 
Raise Up Missouri donated $10,750 in 2018 to MOVE Ballot Fund. MOVE Ballot Fund also received $300,000 from the Open Society Policy Center, the lobbying arm of George Soros’s philanthropic network, in January 2018, previously reporting having $84 in its account until that point. MOVE Executive Director Molly Fleming noted the group was established to legally move funds to lobby for the passage of a constitutional amendment on redistricting.