The Bulwark





Right-leaning Political Commentary Website

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Republic Affairs

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


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.


The Bulwark is a project of Republic Affairs, so donations to the group benefit its parent nonprofit.

Because Kristol formed Republic Affairs in mid-2018, public tax returns are unavailable for Republic Affairs as of early 2019. The left-wing William and Flora Hewlett Foundation reported making a contribution to Republic Affairs in September 2018; the grant was paid to Republic Affairs 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


  1. “Board of Directors.” Stand Up Republic. Accessed June 18, 2019. Original URL: Archived here:
  2. “About Us (National Advisory Board).” Democracy Fund. Accessed June 18, 2019. Original URL: Archived here:
  3. “Grant: Donors Trust Inc. – For support of the Defending Democracy Together Institute.” Hewlett Foundation. September 19, 2018. Accessed November 19, 2018. Archived here:  
  4. DeRensis, Hunter. “Does The Bulwark Mean the Neocons Are Staging A Comeback?” The National Interest. January 09, 2019. Accessed March 04, 2019.
  5. “Grants: Defending Democracy Together.” Democracy Fund Voice. May 3, 2018. Accessed November 19, 2018.; Screenshot: 

Directors, Employees & Supporters

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