Person

Caroline Ciccone

Occupation:

Democratic Party Political Consultant

Executive Director, Restore Public Trust (New Venture Fund)

Caroline Ciccone is a Democratic political consultant who currently serves as the executive director for Restore Public Trust, a left-of-center organization which serves as a watchdog and litigation entity. Ciccone previously was the executive director for Americans United for Change, a left-of-center labor-union-backed agitation group. She also worked as an official in the Obama administration, for former Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), and as a communications director for the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

Restore Public Trust

Caroline Ciccone currently works as the executive director for Restore Public Trust (RPT), a project of the left-of-center New Venture Fund, a large fiscal sponsorship organization which supports numerous left-of-center and liberal organizations. Restore Public Trust conducts opposition research against the Trump administration and Republicans. Ciccone said in a 2018 press release for RPT, “Americans are deeply concerned about the level of corruption they see in the Trump Administration, and it’s why we will be focused like a laser on exposing corruption and holding officials accountable.” [1]

Ciccone has used her platform at RPT to go after a number of Republican elected officials. Notably, Ciccone released a press statement in January, 2019, attacking Trump administration U.S. Attorney General William Barr. Ciccone cited Barr’s skepticism of suspicions of Trump campaign collusion with Russian government interference in the 2016 Presidential election, his previous involvement with large corporations, and his support for President Trump. [2]

Ciccone also played a large role in organizing a website named JobLossRoss.com, a website aimed at criticizing Wilbur Ross, the Trump administration’s Secretary of Commerce. The website was formed after Ross made comments regarding furloughed workers during the January 2019 shutdown of the government amid a government spending negotiation. Ciccone asserted that Ross’s comments were “disqualifying,” and that he should be removed from office.[3]

Obama Administration and Democratic National Committee

Ciccone previously worked as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Communications and Public Liaison for the Small Business Administration under the Obama Administration. She also worked as a communications specialist and a as the deputy communications director for the Democratic National Committee from 2007-2013. Ciccone was in the position during a scandal in which the DNC broke internal policy and accepted donations from federal lobbyists in 2011. She announced after the issue went public that the DNC would reimburse the donors.[4]

Precision Strategies

Ciccone serves as the managing principal for Precision Strategies, a marketing firm which caters to a number of Democratic and liberal entities along with a number of Fortune 500 companies, American sports teams, and other groups. Precision strategies advertises their marketing management for liberal entities such as Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign; campaigns for the Liberal Party of Canada and its leader, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; and ACLU criminal justice reform programs. [5]

Americans United for Change

Ciccone previously served as the executive director for Americans United for Change, a labor union-backed group which exists to support left-wing causes and Democratic candidates. The organization is funded in part by a number of left-leaning and liberal organizations and activists. AFL-CIO, the largest federation of labor unions in the United States is a donor to the organization. Tom Steyer, a liberal billionaire and candidate for the 2020 presidential election, has made donations exceeding $100,000 to the organization. [6]

References

  1. “New Accountability Group Restore Public Trust Launches Today, Will Expose Corruption and Malfeasance at Highest Levels of Government.” Restore Public Trust. Accessed December 16, 2019. https://restorepublictrust.org/restore-public-trust-launches/. ^
  2. “Barr’s Past Disqualifies Him from Serving As Attorney General.” Restore Public Trust. Accessed December 16, 2019. https://restorepublictrust.org/tbt-barrs-past-disqualifies-him-from-serving-as-attorney-general/. ^
  3. “Restore Public Trust Launches New Site JobLossRoss.com After Outrage Over Ross Comments.” Restore Public Trust. Accessed December 16, 2019. https://restorepublictrust.org/restore-public-trust-launches-new-site-joblossross-com-after-outrage-over-ross-comments/. ^
  4. “Exclusive: DNC Accepted Lobbyist Donations in Violation of Internal Policy, Will Return Contributions,” OpenSecrets.org. Accessed December 16, 2019. https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2011/06/dnc-accepted-lobbyist-donations/. ^
  5. “Our Successes,” Precision Strategies. Accessed December 16, 2019. https://www.precisionstrategies.com/case-studies/. ^
  6. “User Profile: Caroline Ciccone.” LinkedIn.com. Accessed December 16, 2019. https://www.linkedin.com/in/caroline-ciccone-28b266140/. ^

Connected Organizations

  1. Accountable.US (Non-profit)
    Chief Operating Officer
  2. Americans United for Change (AUFC) (Non-profit)
    Former Executive Director
  3. Democratic National Committee (DNC) (Political Party/527)
    Former Communications Director
  4. Restore Public Trust (RPT) (Non-profit)
    Executive Director
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