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Better Internet Initiative

Better Internet Initiative is a left-of-center project of the Hopewell Fund launched in 2020 to create a collaborative fellowship for left-leaning influencers and content creators on social media sites like YouTube, Tik Tok, and Instagram. According to the organization’s website, the initiative offered a 2020 Fellowship, which worked with creators to create and share educational materials and videos about COVID-19, and a Voting Content Fellowship which helped creators make “interstitial voting content.” [1] The organization also provided creators with “programming support, and data and testing from the Fellow Americans network.”

At the bottom of its website the organization claims, “The Better Internet Initiative is a 501(c)(3) program, supported by the Fellow Americans Education Fund.” [2] There are no records with the IRS or the Washington D.C. corporate registry that indicate any organization named “Fellow Americans Education Fund” exists.

In reality, “Better Internet Initiative” is a fiscally sponsored project of the Hopewell Fund, which is itself managed by Arabella Advisors, a for-profit consulting firm that oversees hundreds of millions of dollars in “dark money” contributions from billionaires to left-leaning organizations every year. [3]

References

  1. “Participants.” Better Internet Initiative. Accessed July 19, 2021. https://www.betterinternetinitiative.org/participants.

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  2. “Participants.” Better Internet Initiative. Accessed July 19, 2021. https://www.betterinternetinitiative.org/participants.

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  3. “D.C. Corporate Registry Search.” Washington D.C. Department of Consumer Affairs. Accessed July 19, 2021. https://corponline.dcra.dc.gov/BizEntity.aspx/ViewEntityData?entityId=4152605. ^
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