In 2022, a prominent left-wing dark money nonprofit, the Sixteen Thirty Fund, secretly provided almost $150 million in funding to progressive groups and causes, according to recently obtained tax forms. The nonprofit, managed by Arabella Advisors consulting firm based in Washington, D.C., received $189.9 million in anonymous contributions last year.
Of that amount, $148.7 million was granted to Democrat-aligned organizations and initiatives, including those focused on voter engagement and environmental causes. The nonprofit also distributed substantial amounts of money to groups in critical swing states.
Caitlin Sutherland, the executive director of Americans for Public Trust, expressed concern about the Sixteen Thirty Fund’s financial activities and its potential foreign influence. Sutherland claimed that one of the fund’s largest donors, foreign national Hansjorg Wyss, has exploited a foreign influence loophole to provide significant financial support to battleground states across the country.
Sutherland anticipates that this foreign-funded left-wing dark money operation will play a significant role in promoting liberal candidates and causes in the upcoming 2024 elections.
The Sixteen Thirty Fund’s tax forms reveal that the nonprofit received over $10 million from multiple donors, with one individual making an astonishing $34.5 million contribution. The fund then distributed this anonymous funding to numerous groups nationwide.
Notably, it granted $20 million to America Votes, which serves as a coordination hub for the progressive community and focuses on voter education and engagement, with a particular emphasis on communities of color and young people.
Additionally, the Sixteen Thirty Fund sent $5 million to the League of Conservation Voters, an environmental organization committed to advancing green policies and transitioning the U.S. economy away from fossil fuels.
The League of Conservation Voters has exerted its influence in the Biden administration, reportedly consulting with high-ranking officials such as Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan. In addition, the environmental group’s president, Gene Karpinski, has made multiple visits to the White House, according to visitor logs.
The Sixteen Thirty Fund also allocated millions of dollars to various organizations such as the Run for Something Action Fund, which recruits young progressive candidates, the Reproductive Freedom for All Committee, which opposes abortion restrictions, Every Eligible American, a voter turnout organization, and the Secure Elections Project. Significant sums were also directed to groups in critical swing states like Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
In 2022, the Sixteen Thirty Fund increased its grant distribution significantly, disbursing $150 million compared to the previous year’s $107 million. President Amy Kurtz emphasized the fund’s role in addressing and combating national crises, including the erosion of civil rights and personal freedoms. Kurtz argued that through fiscal sponsorship, philanthropy has the power to generate mobilization and robust responses to these challenges.
Arabella Advisors remains the top contractor for the Sixteen Thirty Fund, and the tax forms reveal that the nonprofit paid Arabella $4.26 million for administrative and operational support. Arabella Advisors manages several other nonprofits that collectively form America’s most prominent dark money network.
These nonprofits, including the New Venture Fund, Windward Fund, Hopewell Fund, and potentially the North Fund, serve as fiscal sponsors for various liberal organizations, allowing them to avoid filing tax records and concealing their financials and donor information.
The network attracts billions of dollars from financiers like Swiss billionaire Hansjörg Wyss and George Soros. The Democracy Alliance, a secretive donor club on the left, has also contributed funds to this network for specific initiatives in the past. Funds within the network have also been directed to entities with connections to Democratic leadership.
In 2020, the Sixteen Thirty Fund provided $750,000 to House Majority Forward, a dark money nonprofit affiliated with then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and directed $500,000 to the Senate Majority PAC aligned with Senator Chuck Schumer.