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. 
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. 
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. 
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. 
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. 
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. 
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. 
Jonathan Scott Anderson, who is the executive director of Committee on States, serves as a director of the organization.  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. 
Between 2018 and 2019, the State Engagement Fund received $15.5 million in donations from the National Education Association.
Ties to Other Democracy Alliance Affiliates
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The State Engagement Fund shares a Washington, D.C. address with Democracy Alliance, and the two organizations share board members and advisors.  The NEA gave $441,000 to Democracy Alliance during the same period.