FUND FOR AMERICA
The fund was created in 2007 to finance pro-Democratic advocacy groups in 2008. Its predecessors are America Coming Together, a voter-mobilization effort in 2004; the Media Fund in 2004; and the September Fund, a financing pool for pro-Democratic activities in 2006.
- Lee Fikes: President of the Bonanza Oil Co. and president and CEO of the Leland Fikes Foundation in Dallas, which supports medical research, health care and scientific integrity.
- Sacramento Street Partners: Rob McKay, secretary-treasurer of the Fund for America, is a partner in Sacramento Street Partners.
- Donald Sussman: Chairman of Trust Asset Management LLP, a hedge-fund management firm in the Virgin Islands. Sussman is a generous donor to Democratic causes, including $400,000 to America Coming Together in 2004 and $350,000 to the September Fund in 2006.
- Service Employees International Union (SEIU): The union represents workers in health care, property services and public services. SEIU gave $22 million in contributions and in-kind contributions to America Coming Together in 2004, and $800,000 to the September Fund in 2006.
- AKT Investments: A Sacramento, Calif., development firm. Its chairman is Angelo Tsakopoulos, a longtime Democratic donor and fundraiser for John Kerry in 2004. The Tsakopoulos family has long supported the Clintons.
- George Soros: The hedge-fund trader and investor is a financial anchor of the Democratic Party and the progressive movement. Soros gave more than $25 million in 2003-2004, including $7.5 million to America Coming Together and $12 million to the Joint Victory Campaign 2004, which in turn gave to other liberal political groups.
CAMPAIGN TO DEFEND AMERICA
- John Podesta, director: CEO of the Center for American Progress, a think tank which he launched with others to develop and promote progressive ideas. The CAP Action Fund is the group's advocacy arm and belongs to the anti-Iraq war coalition. Podesta previously served as chief of staff to President Bill Clinton.
- Rob McKay, secretary-treasurer: McKay is a partner in Sacramento Street Partners and heir to the Taco Bell fortune. He is also head of the Democracy Alliance and president of the McKay Foundation; in 2006, the most recent year for which data is available, the foundation's grantees included groups working on social justice, environmental and economic issues.
- John Stocks, director: Stocks is the deputy executive director of the National Education Association, the nation's largest union and a powerful force in the Democratic Party. It has not endorsed any presidential candidate.
- Anna Burger, director: Burger is the secretary-treasurer at SEIU, the No. 2 job at the union. She is also chair of the Change to Win labor federation, a coalition of SEIU and six other unions that was formed in 2005 as a breakaway group from the AFL-CIO.
- Amy K. Dacey, executive director: Dacey is a former adviser to Anna Burger.
The Campaign to Defend America is a political nonprofit corporation. In February, CDA spent $400,000 from Fund for America on anti-McCain ads in the Erie, Pa., market. On March 5, the CDA announced a "million-dollar-plus" ad buy.
IRAQ 2008 COALITION
- Jeff Blum, president: Blum is also the executive director of USAction.
- Tom Matzzie, treasurer: Matzzie left his position as Washington director of MoveOn.org to become a chief operative of CDA.
- Wes Boyd, secretary: Boyd is a cofounder of MoveOn.org.
Members of the coalition include the Campaign to Defend America, MoveOn.org, SEIU, USAction, VoteVets.org, Americans United for Change, and the Center for American Progress Fund.
Credit: Peter Overby, NPR, and Will Evans, Center for Investigative Reporting