The Top Dark Money Donors For US Politics Ranking

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By sifting through thousands of 990 tax forms, OpenSecrets has come up with this list of top donor organizations to politically active 501(c) nonprofits and their affiliates. Despite this effort, the sources of much of the money flowing to politically active nonprofits remain unknown.

Total Grants to Political Groups since 2008: $1,154,917,601
(Includes grants to politically active nonprofits, their affiliates and pass-through groups that have been uncovered by OpenSecrets. Laste updated in June, 2015.)

OrganizationParentTotalTypePeriod
Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce$323,936,5006Nov 2011 – Dec 2014
Center to Protect Patient Rights$169,148,6664Jan 2009 – Dec 2012
Crossroads GPSCrossroads GPS/American Crossroads$64,200,0004Jun 2010 – Dec 2014
Sea Change Foundation$62,219,4823Aug 2009 – Jul 2011
ClimateWorks$51,500,0003Jan 2010 – Dec 2010
TC4 Trust$47,505,3004Aug 2009 – Jun 2012
Atlantic Advocacy Fund$42,692,0004Jan 2008 – Dec 2012
Americans for Job Security$24,645,7506Nov 2011 – Oct 2012
Advocacy Fund$24,307,6164Jan 2008 – Dec 2012
Wellspring Cmte$24,167,5524Feb 2008 – Dec 2015

Showing 1 to 10 of 179 entries

OrganizationParentTotalTypePeriod
America’s Voice$75,0004Jan 2013 – Dec 2013
American Action Network$18,380,9074Jul 2010 – Jun 2015
American Bridge 21st Century FoundationAmerican Bridge 21st Century$299,0964Mar 2011 – Jun 2013
American Commitment$312,7504Jan 2011 – Dec 2014
American Democracy AllianceAmerican Commitment$150,0004Aug 2008 – Jul 2009
American Energy Alliance$400,0004Jan 2011 – Dec 2011
American Farm Bureau$315,0005Dec 2009 – Nov 2010
American Future Fund$8,720,4004Jan 2010 – Dec 2014
American Hospital Assn$65,0006Jan 2010 – Dec 2011
American Justice Partnership$4,372,5004Jan 2008 – Dec 2011

Showing 11 to 20 of 179 entries

OrganizationParentTotalTypePeriod
America’s Voice$75,0004Jan 2013 – Dec 2013
American Action Network$18,380,9074Jul 2010 – Jun 2015
American Bridge 21st Century FoundationAmerican Bridge 21st Century$299,0964Mar 2011 – Jun 2013
American Commitment$312,7504Jan 2011 – Dec 2014
American Democracy AllianceAmerican Commitment$150,0004Aug 2008 – Jul 2009
American Energy Alliance$400,0004Jan 2011 – Dec 2011
American Farm Bureau$315,0005Dec 2009 – Nov 2010
American Future Fund$8,720,4004Jan 2010 – Dec 2014
American Hospital Assn$65,0006Jan 2010 – Dec 2011
American Justice Partnership$4,372,5004Jan 2008 – Dec 2011

Showing 11 to 20 of 179 entries

OrganizationParentTotalTypePeriod
Americans Who Advocate Responsible Efforts$1,125,0004Jan 2011 – Dec 2012
Annual FundWellspring Cmte$2,634,1914Sep 2010 – Jun 2012
Arcus Foundation$753,6323Jan 2010 – Dec 2010
Atlantic Advocacy Fund$42,692,0004Jan 2008 – Dec 2012
BlueGreen Alliance$50,0004Jan 2011 – Dec 2011
Business Roundtable$2,419,5006Jan 2008 – Dec 2012
Campaign for Community Change$527,0294Oct 2009 – Sep 2011
Castle Rock Foundation$150,0003Dec 2010 – Nov 2011
Catholic Assn$150,0004Jan 2012 – Dec 2012
Cellular Telecom & Internet Assn$12,278,5676Jan 2008 – Dec 2012

Showing 31 to 40 of 179 entries

OrganizationParentTotalTypePeriod
Center for American Progress Action FundCenter for American Progress$500,0004Jan 2010 – Dec 2010
Center for Independent Thought$45,0003Jan 2010 – Dec 2010
Center for Individual Freedom$250,0004Oct 2012 – Sep 2013
Center to Protect Patient Rights$169,148,6664Jan 2009 – Dec 2012
Charles G Koch Charitable Foundation$67,5563Jan 2009 – Dec 2009
Charles Koch Foundation$43,3733Jan 2012 – Dec 2012
CitizenLinkFocus on the Family$2,536,8834Oct 2008 – Sep 2012
Citizens for a Strong America$1,797,9564Jan 2010 – Dec 2012
Citizens for a Working America$1,260,0004Oct 2012 – Sep 2013
Citizens for Strength & Security FundCitizens for Strength & Security$570,0004Jan 2012 – Dec 2012

Showing 41 to 50 of 179 entries

OrganizationParentTotalTypePeriod
Claude R Lambe Charitable Foundation$504,7253Jan 2009 – Dec 2010
ClimateWorks$51,500,0003Jan 2010 – Dec 2010
Club for Growth$198,3864Jul 2010 – Jun 2011
Committee for American Fairness$600,0004Jan 2012 – Dec 2012
Common Sense$2,300,0004Jan 2010 – Dec 2012
Common Sense Colorado$990,0004Jan 2010 – Dec 2012
Common Sense Issues$290,0004Nov 2011 – Oct 2014
Common Sense Issues Coalition$195,0004Nov 2009 – Oct 2010
Common Sense Movement$150,0004Jan 2012 – Dec 2012
Community Foundation Serving Richmond & Central VA$350,2503Jan 2009 – Dec 2009
OrganizationParentTotalTypePeriod
Cornerstone Action$243,0004Jan 2010 – Dec 2010
Crossroads GPSCrossroads GPS/American Crossroads$64,200,0004Jun 2010 – Dec 2014
Dean & Barbara White Family Foundation$1,000,0003Jan 2010 – Dec 2010
Dian Graves Owen Foundation$50,0003Jan 2010 – Dec 2010
Donors Trust$14,133,1033Jan 2010 – Dec 2011
Dunn’s Foundation for Advancement/Right Thinking$400,0003Apr 2009 – Mar 2010
Edgar & Elsa Prince Foundation$1,076,8503Jul 2009 – Jun 2010
EL Craig Foundation$100,0003Aug 2009 – Jul 2010
Ending Spending$1,589,2874Jan 2010 – Dec 2014
Energy Foundation$990,0003Jan 2010 – Dec 2010
OrganizationParentTotalTypePeriod
Environment America$7,147,9554Jul 2008 – Jun 2011
Environment CaliforniaEnvironment America$3,970,1394Sep 2007 – Aug 2012
Environment ColoradoEnvironment America$250,0004Sep 2010 – Aug 2012
Environment MassachusettsEnvironment America$793,3314Jul 2008 – Jun 2011
Environmental Defense Action FundEnvironmental Defense Fund$1,388,0804Oct 2009 – Sep 2012
Environmental Defense Fund$757,0003Oct 2011 – Sep 2012
Evangchr4 TrustThemis Trust$7,185,0004Jun 2011 – May 2014
Faith & Freedom Coalition$60,0004Jan 2011 – Dec 2011
Family CoalitionBerman & Co$2,500,0006Jan 2009 – Dec 2010
Farago Foundation$100,0003Jan 2010 – Dec 2010
OrganizationParentTotalTypePeriod
Financial Education & Advocacy InitiativeAmerican Bankers Assn$25,0004Sep 2012 – Aug 2013
Florida Liberty Fund$50,000527Jan 2010 – Dec 2010
Foundation to Promote Open SocietyOpen Society Foundation$14,615,5213Jan 2009 – Dec 2012
Founding Fund$590,0004Dec 2011 – Nov 2012
Free Enterprise America$5,057,0004Jan 2011 – Dec 2011
Freedom & Values Alliance$1,715,3464Jan 2010 – Dec 2011
Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce$323,936,5006Nov 2011 – Dec 2014
Freedom’s Watch$4,469,3074Jul 2007 – Dec 2008
FreedomWorks$30,0004Jan 2012 – Dec 2012
Fund for the Public Interest$1,865,0004Jul 2009 – Jun 2013
OrganizationParentTotalTypePeriod
Government Integrity Fund$2,318,2084Jan 2014 – Dec 2014
Greater Houston Community Foundation$60,0003Jan 2010 – Dec 2010
Greater Wisconsin Cmte$74,0004Jan 2011 – Dec 2011
Green Orchard$1,125,0004Jan 2013 – Dec 2013
Green Tech Action Fund$15,179,9884Aug 2008 – Dec 2012
Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation$101,0003Mar 2009 – Feb 2010
Independence Institute$100,0003Jul 2009 – Jun 2010
Internet Innovation Alliance$65,0006Jan 2011 – Dec 2011
Investor Protection$25,0004Jan 2012 – Dec 2012
James & Judith K Dimon Foundation$100,0003Dec 2009 – Nov 2010
OrganizationParentTotalTypePeriod
Jobs First Coalition$365,0004Jan 2010 – Dec 2012
Joe & Mary Moeller Foundation$75,0003Jan 2010 – Dec 2010
John William Pope Foundation$1,525,0003Jul 2009 – Jun 2011
Judicial Crisis Network$7,554,0004Jul 2012 – Jun 2015
Kentucky Opportunity Coalition$1,350,0004Jan 2014 – Dec 2014
League of American Voters$135,8504Jul 2011 – Jun 2013
League of Conservation Voters$17,545,7574Jan 2008 – Dec 2014
Liberty Initiative Fund$305,0004Jan 2013 – Dec 2013
Libre Initiative Trust$275,0004Jul 2013 – Jun 2014
Lovett & Ruth Peters Foundation$40,0003Jan 2010 – Jan 2010
OrganizationParentTotalTypePeriod
Lynde & Harry Bradley Foundation$1,812,7203Jan 2009 – Dec 2010
Lynn & Foster Friess Family Foundation$25,0003May 2009 – Apr 2010
Mangrove Foundation$250,0004Jan 2010 – Dec 2010
Marcus Foundation$100,0003Jan 2010 – Dec 2010
Mayors Against Illegal Guns Action Fund$1,060,0004Jan 2010 – Dec 2012
Michigan Alliance for Business Growth$1,500,0004Jan 2012 – Dec 2012
Michigan Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility$425,0004Jan 2012 – Dec 2012
Mississippi Common Trust Fund$100,0003Jul 2009 – Jun 2011
Missourians for Low Energy Costs$50,0004Jul 2012 – Jun 2013
Montana Growth$40,0004Jan 2011 – Dec 2011
OrganizationParentTotalTypePeriod
Motion Picture Assn of America$756,6676Jan 2011 – Dec 2013
MyWirelessOrgCellular Telecom & Internet Assn$210,0004Jan 2008 – Dec 2013
National Assn of Letter Carriers$50,0005Apr 2009 – Mar 2010
National Cable & Telecommunications Assn$700,0006Jan 2009 – Dec 2013
National Christian Charitable Foundation$12,663,2153Jan 2010 – Dec 2012
National Federation of Independent Business$890,2806Jan 2012 – Dec 2012
National Organization for Marriage$44,0004Jan 2010 – Dec 2010
National Right to Work Cmte$75,0004Jan 2012 – Dec 2013
New Direction Colorado$243,5004Jan 2010 – Dec 2010
New Majority California$625,0004Jan 2008 – Dec 2012
OrganizationParentTotalTypePeriod
New Models$1,371,5004Jan 2010 – Dec 2012
NRDC Action FundNatural Resources Defense Council$500,0004Jul 2009 – Jun 2010
One Jerusalem$134,5004Jan 2010 – Dec 2010
Online Consumers Network$200,0004Jan 2012 – Dec 2012
Open Society Institute$19,571,4033Jan 2008 – Dec 2012
Palladium Foundation$60,0003May 2009 – Apr 2010
Partnership Action Fund$5,158,8144Jul 2009 – Jun 2013
Partnership for America$220,1124May 2011 – Dec 2011
Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare$500,0006Jan 2011 – Dec 2012
Partnership Project$4,558,5333Jul 2008 – Jun 2011
OrganizationParentTotalTypePeriod
Patriot Majority USA$1,757,5004Jan 2010 – Dec 2010
Patriot Majority USA$85,0004Jan 2014 – Dec 2014
Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America$15,475,2506Jan 2008 – Dec 2014
Policy & Taxation Group$100,0004Jul 2013 – Dec 2013
Priorities USAPriorities USA/Priorities USA Action$3,475,0004Apr 2011 – Dec 2012
Progressive Future$165,0004Jul 2010 – Jun 2011
ProgressNow$150,0004Jan 2011 – Dec 2011
Property Casualty Insurers Assn of America$210,0006Jan 2012 – Dec 2013
Proteus Fund$844,9503Jan 2010 – Dec 2010
Public Interest Projects Action FundPublic Interest Forum$1,850,0004Jan 2012 – Dec 2012
OrganizationParentTotalTypePeriod
Reducing America’s Taxes Equitably$150,0004Jul 2011 – Dec 2013
Republican Governors Public Policy CmteRepublican Governors Assn$400,9484Jan 2010 – Dec 2013
Republican Jewish Coalition$8,040,0004Jan 2010 – Dec 2014
Richard & Helen DeVos Foundation$650,0003Jan 2010 – Dec 2010
Robert K Steel Family Foundation$50,0003May 2009 – Apr 2010
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors$1,638,2503Jan 2008 – Dec 2011
Rosebush Corp$850,0004Aug 2011 – Dec 2011
Sam Adams Alliance$75,0003Jan 2010 – Dec 2010
Sarah Scaife Foundation$577,5003Jan 2008 – Dec 2012
Schwab Charitable Fund$2,960,9993Jul 2009 – Jun 2010
OrganizationParentTotalTypePeriod
Sea Change Foundation$62,219,4823Aug 2009 – Jul 2011
SecureAmericaNow.org$872,5004Jan 2012 – Dec 2014
Sierra Club$1,217,5004Jan 2010 – Dec 2010
Stand Up for Our Nation$34,8064Jan 2012 – Dec 2012
State Government Leadership Foundation$320,0004Jan 2010 – Dec 2013
TC4 Trust$47,505,3004Aug 2009 – Jun 2012
Tides CenterAdvocacy Fund$121,6943Jan 2010 – Dec 2010
United Steelworkers$397,5005Jan 2010 – Dec 2010
UPS Foundation$50,0003Jan 2010 – Dec 2011
US Charitable Gift Trust$111,7063Jan 2010 – Dec 2010
OrganizationParentTotalTypePeriod
USAction$95,0004Jan 2008 – Dec 2008
VoteVets.org$110,0004Jul 2010 – Jun 2013
Wellspring Cmte$24,167,5524Feb 2008 – Dec 2015
Western Skies Coalition$31,0004Jan 2009 – Dec 2009
Wisconsin Bankers Assn$416,6006Jun 2010 – May 2012
Wisconsin Club for GrowthClub for Growth$4,998,7354Jan 2010 – Dec 2013
Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce$197,5006Oct 2008 – Dec 2014
Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce IssueWisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce$2,075,6004Jan 2010 – Dec 2012
Workforce Fairness Institute$40,0006Jul 2008 – Jun 2009

Source: OPen Secrets