Profile: Fund for America

George Soros

hide captionGeorge Soros, Chairman of Soros Fund Management, listens during a debate at the World Economic Forum on Jan. 23, 2008.

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Top Democratic donors and operatives set up Fund for America, a 527 group, in 2007 as a big pot of money for pro-Democrat organizations.

Its predecessors were America Coming Together, a voter-mobilization effort in 2004; the Media Fund in 2004; and the September Fund, a financing pool for pro-Democrat activities in 2006.

Originally aiming to bring in $100 million, the Fund raised $11 million as of April 2008. But it disbanded in June because it failed to meet its fundraising goals. The money it did raise came from some of the same top donors who contributed millions to opposing President Bush's re-election bid in 2004.

The group, in turn, funded organizations such as Campaign to Defend America, America Votes, VoteVets.org, Americans United for Change, ACORN, Center for American Progress Action Fund and Women's Voices, Women Vote Action Fund, as well as Progress Now Action and a few of its affiliates.

The Fund's address was the same as the Service Employees International Union's Washington headquarters, and it reimbursed SEIU for staff and office expenses.

Funders: George Soros ($3.5 million); SEIU ($2.5 million); Steve Bing ($2.5 million); Donald Sussman ($1 million).

Leadership: John Podesta, Rob McKay, John Stocks, Anna Burger, Amy K. Dacey. Read more about these leaders in The Secret Money Project's Who's Who Directory of Key Leaders of Independent Groups.

Will Evans is a reporter for the Center for Investigative Reporting, NPR's partner in the Secret Money Project.

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