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Major Dark Money Nonprofit Poured $150 Million into Progressive Causes in 2022, Tax Forms Reveal

A prominent nonprofit with left-wing leanings secretly contributed nearly $150 million to progressive groups and causes in 2022, according to newly obtained tax forms. The Sixteen Thirty Fund, one of several nonprofits managed by Arabella Advisors, a consulting firm based in Washington, D.C., received $189.9 million in anonymous contributions last year. The nonprofit then distributed $148.7 million in grants to Democrat-aligned groups, including organizations focused on voter engagement and environmental initiatives. It also provided funding to groups located in crucial battleground states.

Caitlin Sutherland, executive director of Americans for Public Trust, commented on the revelations, stating, “These new documents show yet again that the Sixteen Thirty Fund was the most prolific backer of radical candidates and causes in the 2022 midterm election cycle.” Sutherland also raised concerns about foreign involvement in the nonprofit’s funding, specifically pointing to prominent donor Hansjorg Wyss. She said, “This foreshadows the massive foreign-funded left-wing dark money operation we expect will play an outsized role in supporting liberal candidates and causes in 2024.”

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The Sixteen Thirty Fund’s tax forms reveal that it received over $10 million from five different donors, with one individual contributing an astonishing $34.5 million. The nonprofit then funneled these anonymous donations to various groups across the country. Notably, it granted $20 million to America Votes, a progressive coordination hub that focuses on voter education and engagement, particularly among communities of color and young people. The League of Conservation Voters, an environmental group exerting influence over policymaking decisions, received $5 million.

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The Sixteen Thirty Fund also channeled millions of dollars to organizations like the Run for Something Action Fund, which supports young progressive candidates, and the Reproductive Freedom for All Committee, which opposes abortion restrictions. It contributed to groups such as Every Eligible American, a voter turnout organization, and the Secure Elections Project. Additionally, large sums were directed to several groups in critical swing states like Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. The $150 million in grants disbursed in 2022 represents a significant increase from the $107 million distributed in the previous year.

Amy Kurtz, the president of the Sixteen Thirty Fund, explained the organization’s mission in a Medium post, saying, “Crises like the dismantling of civil rights and personal freedoms are all too common in our nation today, but through fiscal sponsorship, philanthropy has the power to galvanize and respond.” She emphasized the fund’s commitment to advancing progressive values and providing support to projects and grantees working on solutions to pressing issues.

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Arabella Advisors, the consulting firm managing the Sixteen Thirty Fund, remains its top contractor, receiving $4.26 million for administrative and operational support, according to the tax forms. Arabella Advisors oversees several other nonprofits that house numerous liberal groups, including one that collaborates with the Biden administration on policy matters. Combined, these groups form America’s most prominent dark money network.

The network, which includes the New Venture Fund, Windward Fund, Hopewell Fund, and the North Fund, allows fiscally-sponsored organizations to avoid filing tax records with the IRS, keeping their financial information hidden. These Arabella-managed nonprofits also do not disclose donor information on their tax forms, further obscuring the sources of funding for left-wing initiatives. Over the years, billions of dollars have flowed through this network, with wealthy financiers like Hansjörg Wyss and George Soros contributing funds. The Democracy Alliance, a secretive donor club on the left, has also directed its funds through this network.

In past years, funds from the Sixteen Thirty Fund have been allocated to entities with ties to Democratic leadership. In 2020, the nonprofit donated $750,000 to House Majority Forward, a dark money group connected to then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. It also provided $500,000 to the Senate Majority PAC aligned with Sen. Chuck Schumer.

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