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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.

Funders: Leaders CAMPAIGN TO DEFEND AMERICA
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.

Leaders: IRAQ 2008 COALITION
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

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