Center for American Progress
The CAP says they are "dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through ideas and action". In reality, it's a secret "brain trust" within the Democratic National Committee and developed specifically to promote Democrat ideas and candidates. According to their website, they "expose the hollowness of conservative governing philosophy, and challenge the media to cover the issues that truly matter." The liberal activist George Soros donated three million dollars in 2004 in an unsuccessful attempt to defeat the re-election of President George W. Bush.
The Center for American Progress began as the American Majority Institute in 2002, as a way for liberals and Democrats to cope with the new funding restrictions of the McCain-Feingold Campaign Reform Act. In 2003, they had created the companion lobbying group Center for American Progress Action Fund. CAP has a powerful lobbying agenda, spending at least $700,000. in 2009. A number of the CAP lobbyists have jobs in the Obama Administration. John Podesta, President and Chief Executive Officer of CAP has close ties to current Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Leon Panetta. Podesta served under Panetta in the Bill Clinton White House and is credited by some for helping get Panetta nominated to his post by President Barack Obama. They've built infrastructure to construct a permanent campaign outside of actual campaigns.
The Center for American Progress participates in the Americans Against Escalation in Iraq coalition. In addition, another liberal group Media Matters for America was jump-started by the Center for American Progress and with millions in dollars from wealthy liberals. They push regulation of "free speech", the Center for American Progress published a report detailing how conservatives dominate talk radio. CAP employs 11 full-time bloggers who contribute to two liberal Web sites, ThinkProgress and the Wonk Room; others prepare daily feeds for radio stations. As of 2008, CAP had 180 staffers and a $27 million budget.
One of CAP's notable Senior Fellows is Laura D’Andrea Tyson. She currently serves as Senior Advisor at Rock Creek Group, a Washington, DC-based hedge fund manager with extensive Democratic Party connections. She also serves on President Obama's Presidents Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. Previously, D’Andrea Tyson worked in the Clinton Administration and was the Chair of The Council of Economic Advisers (1993-1995) and the President's National Economic Adviser (1995 – 1996).
A map of Center for American Progress relationships found at Muckety.com.
- Feminism Has Become a Hot Topic
- Center for American Progress Green Tracking Library
- Center for American Progress OpenSecrets.org
- Obama's choice of CIA Director signals renewed effort to disclose CIA X-Files
- The Marxist Media Analysis of the Center for American Progress Canadian Free Press, July 29, 2008
- Left Watch: Center for American Progress TheNextRight.com, November 19, 2008
- Presidents Council on Jobs and Competitiveness
- Center for American Progress Muckety.com
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