Non-profit

State Engagement Fund

Location:

WASHINGTON, DC

Tax ID:

81-0865943

Budget (2016):

Revenue: $4,704,895
Expenses: $4,989,560
Assets: $233,642

Type:

Left-Wing Pass-Through Funder

Director:

Anne Bartley

The State Engagement Fund is a left-of-center 501(c)(4) advocacy organization that funnels money to select left-wing groups. Observers have characterized State Engagement Fund as a “dark money” organization, since by law it does not have to disclose its donors. [1]

The organization has deep connections to the Democracy Alliance. It also has ties to the State Victory Action political committee, which was seeded almost entirely by billionaire left-of-center mega-donors George Soros and Tom Steyer. The Fund is also related to the Committee On States, a left-wing group that is a part of the Democracy Alliance. [2]

Political Activism

2018 Elections

From late August through September 2018, State Engagement Fund made four donations worth $2.1 million to State Victory Action. State Victory Action is a political organization that was seeded by $11 million worth of donations from left-wing billionaires George Soros and Tom Steyer. State Victory Action was active in promoting left-wing policies and candidates on the state level in 10 states. [3]

There is also substantial evidence that State Engagement Fund is a Democracy Alliance network member. When the Washington Free Beacon attempted to contact the organization, it was directed to a man named Michael Weisel. Weisel is also the custodian of records for State Victory Action. [4]

Ties to Other Democracy Alliance Affiliates

For more information, see Democracy Alliance (Other Group)

In 2016, State Engagement Fund made a $755,000 grant to Committee on States. [5]

Also in 2016, State Engagement Fund made a $647,500 grant to the left-wing group America Votes. Anne Bartley is a co-founder of America Votes. [6]

Leadership

The head of the State Engagement Fund is Anne Bartley. Bartley is a co-founder of the Democracy Alliance and is married to Larry B. McNeil, a former Saul Alinsky-trained organizer. McNeil is now a part of the SEIU-funded Institute for Change. [7]

Bartley is a founding member of the Committee on States, which was housed in the SEIU building in Washington D.C. The Committee on States is a non-profit organization that encourages the building of a left-wing infrastructure of political networks for the state level all across the country. The Committee on States is a member of the Democracy Alliance and is seen as the DA’s attempt to build statewide versions of the organization. [8]

Bartley is a trustee of the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. In that role, she has steered millions of dollars to left-wing organizations. She has also founded numerous other left-wing organizations. [9]

Jonathan Scott Anderson, who is the executive director of Committee on States, serves as a director of the organization. [10] Jeff Blodgett, who is a left-wing activist from Minnesota, also serves as a director in the organization. Frank Smith, who is a DA political director, also serves as a director of the organization. [11]

References

  1. Shepherd, Todd. 2018. “Dark Money Group Teams With Progressive Fund Led By Steyer And Soros”. Washington Free Beacon. https://freebeacon.com/issues/dark-money-group-teams-progressive-fund-led-steyer-soros/. ^
  2. Shepherd, Todd. 2018. “Dark Money Group Teams With Progressive Fund Led By Steyer And Soros”. Washington Free Beacon. https://freebeacon.com/issues/dark-money-group-teams-progressive-fund-led-steyer-soros/. ^
  3. Shepherd, Todd. 2018. “Dark Money Group Teams With Progressive Fund Led By Steyer And Soros”. Washington Free Beacon. https://freebeacon.com/issues/dark-money-group-teams-progressive-fund-led-steyer-soros/. ^
  4. Shepherd, Todd. 2018. “Dark Money Group Teams With Progressive Fund Led By Steyer And Soros”. Washington Free Beacon. https://freebeacon.com/issues/dark-money-group-teams-progressive-fund-led-steyer-soros/. ^
  5. Shepherd, Todd. 2018. “Dark Money Group Teams With Progressive Fund Led By Steyer And Soros.” Washington Free Beacon. https://freebeacon.com/issues/dark-money-group-teams-progressive-fund-led-steyer-soros/. ^
  6. Shepherd, Todd. 2018. “Dark Money Group Teams With Progressive Fund Led By Steyer And Soros”. Washington Free Beacon. https://freebeacon.com/issues/dark-money-group-teams-progressive-fund-led-steyer-soros/. ^
  7.  Vadum, Matthew, and James Dellinger. 2008. “The Democracy Alliance Does America: The Soros-Founded Plutocrats’ Club Forms State Chapters”. Capital Research Center. https://capitalresearch.org/article/the-democracy-alliance-does-america-the-soros-founded-plutocrats-club-forms-state-chapters/. ^
  8.  Vadum, Matthew, and James Dellinger. 2008. “The Democracy Alliance Does America: The Soros-Founded Plutocrats’ Club Forms State Chapters”. Capital Research Center. https://capitalresearch.org/article/the-democracy-alliance-does-america-the-soros-founded-plutocrats-club-forms-state-chapters/. ^
  9. “Global Conference 2008 – Speaker: Anne Bartley”. 2019. Milken Institute. Accessed March 11. https://www.milkeninstitute.org/events/conferences/global-conference/2008/speaker-detail/3272. ^
  10. “The DA’s 2020 State Funds: Spring Updates”. 2016. Democracy Alliance. https://democracyalliance.org/da-blog/das-2020-state-funds-april-updates/. ^
  11. “The DA’s 2020 State Funds: Spring Updates”. 2016. Democracy Alliance. https://democracyalliance.org/da-blog/das-2020-state-funds-april-updates/. ^
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: June 1, 2016

  • 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
    2016 Dec Form 990 $4,704,895 $4,989,560 $233,642 $0 N $4,704,000 $0 $895 $0
    2015 Dec Form 990 $518,307 $0 $518,307 $0 N $518,307 $0 $0 $0 PDF

    State Engagement Fund

    1575 EYE STREET NW NO 425
    WASHINGTON, DC 20005-1107