Non-profit

The Bulwark

Website:

thebulwark.com

Formation:

2018

Type:

Right-leaning Political Commentary Website

Published By:

Defending Democracy Together Institute

The Bulwark is a right-leaning political commentary website hosted by the Defending Democracy Together Institute (DDTI). The Bulwark was created from the remnants of the now-defunct magazine the Weekly Standard and primarily caters to liberal Republicans and NeverTrump conservatives.

Leadership

Charlie Sykes, a Republican political commentator, is founder and editor-in-chief of the Bulwark. Sykes is a board member of the NeverTrump advocacy group Stand Up Republic and a national advisory board member of the center-left Democracy Fund, created and funded by Pierre Omidyar. [1] [2]

Bill Kristol, a former Republican strategist and vitriolic Trump critic, is editor-in-large of the Bulwark and founder of DDTI.

Sarah Longwell is publisher of the Bulwark.

Funding

The Bulwark is a project of the Defending Democracy Together Institute (DDTI), so donations to the group benefit its parent nonprofit, DDTI.

Because Kristol formed DDTI in mid-2018, public tax returns are unavailable for DDTI as of early 2019. The left-wing William and Flora Hewlett Foundation reported making a contribution to DDTI in September 2018; the grant was paid to the Institute through DonorsTrust, a conservative donor-advised fund provider.[3]

The organization’s 501(c)(4) advocacy counterpart, Defending Democracy Together, has been criticized for accepting at least $600,000 in two grants from Democracy Fund Voice, a 501(c)(4) group created and funded by left-wing mega-donor Pierre Omidyar.[4] According to Democracy Fund Voice’s website, in May 2018 it “approved two grants to Defending Democracy Together: first in the amount of up to $100,000 over one year and then in the amount of up to $500,000 over one year,” with specific mention of DDT’s Republicans for the Rule of Law project.[5]

References

  1. “Board of Directors.” Stand Up Republic. Accessed June 18, 2019. Original URL: https://standuprepublic.com/board/. Archived here: https://www.influencewatch.org/app/uploads/2019/06/Stand-Up-Republic-Board.-06.2019.pdf ^
  2. “About Us (National Advisory Board).” Democracy Fund. Accessed June 18, 2019. Original URL: https://www.democracyfund.org/about-us. Archived here: https://www.influencewatch.org/app/uploads/2019/06/Democracy-Fund-Board.-06.2019.pdf ^
  3. “Grant: Donors Trust Inc. – For support of the Defending Democracy Together Institute.” Hewlett Foundation. September 19, 2018. Accessed November 19, 2018. https://hewlett.org/grants/donors-trust-inc-for-support-of-the-defending-democracy-together-institute/. Archived here: https://www.influencewatch.org/hewlett-foundation-2018-grant-defending-democracy-together-institute/   ^
  4. DeRensis, Hunter. “Does The Bulwark Mean the Neocons Are Staging A Comeback?” The National Interest. January 09, 2019. Accessed March 04, 2019. https://nationalinterest.org/feature/does-bulwark-mean-neocons-are-staging-comeback-41007. ^
  5. “Grants: Defending Democracy Together.” Democracy Fund Voice. May 3, 2018. Accessed November 19, 2018. https://democracyfundvoice.org/defending-democracy-together/; Screenshot: https://www.influencewatch.org/democracy-fund-2018-grant-defending-democracy-together/  ^

Directors, Employees & Supporters

  1. Charlie Sykes
    Founder, Editor-in-Chief
  2. William Kristol
    Founder, Editor-at-Large
  3. Mona Charen
    Contributor
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