and Policy Priorities Reasoning from the premise that tax cuts generally help only the wealthy, this organization advocates greater tax expenditures on social welfare programs for low earners.
Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS) Aiming to redistribute wealth by way of higher taxes imposed on those whose incomes are above average, COWS contends that « it is important that state government be able to harness fair contribution from all parts of society – including corporations and the wealthy. »
Change America Now Formed in December 2006, Change America Now describes itself as « an independent political organization created to educate citizens on the failed policies of the Republican Congress and to contrast that record of failure with the promise offered by a Democratic agenda. »
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington This group litigates and brings ethics charges against « government officials who sacrifice the common good to special interests » and « betray the public trust. » Almost all of its targets are Republicans.
Coalition for an International Criminal Court This group seeks to subordinate American criminal-justice procedures to those of an international court.
Color Of Change This organization was founded to combat what it viewed as the systemic racism pervading America generally and conservatism in particular.
Common Cause This organization aims to bring about campaign-finance reform, pursue media reform resembling the Fairness Doctrine, and cut military budgets in favor of increased social-welfare and environmental spending.
Constitution Project This organization seeks to challenge the legality of military commissions; end the detainment of « enemy combatants”; condemn government surveillance of terrorists; and limit the President’s executive privileges.
Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund Defenders of Wildlife opposes oil exploration in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. It condemns logging, ranching, mining, and even the use of recreational motorized vehicles as activities that are destructive to the environment.
Democracy Alliance This self-described « liberal organization » aims to raise $200 million to develop a funding clearinghouse for leftist groups. Soros is a major donor to this group.
Democracy 21 This group is a staunch supporter of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002, also known as the McCain-Feingold Act.
Democracy Now! Democracy Now! was created in 1996 by WBAI radio news director Amy Goodman and four partners to provide « perspectives rarely heard in the U.S. corporate-sponsored media, » i.e., the views of radical and foreign journalists, left and labor activists, and ideological foes of capitalism.
Democratic Justice Fund DJF opposes the Patriot Act and most efforts to restrict or regulate immigration into the United States — particularly from countries designated by the State Department as « terrorist nations. »
Democratic Party Soros’ funding activities are devoted largely to helping the Democratic Party solidify its power base. In a November 2003 interview, Soros stated that defeating President Bush in 2004 « is the central focus of my life » … « a matter of life and death. » He pledged to raise $75 million to defeat Bush, and personally donated nearly a third of that amount to anti-Bush organizations. « America under Bush, » he said, « is a danger to the world, and I’m willing to put my money where my mouth is. »
Demos This organization lobbies federal and state policymakers to “addres[s] the economic insecurity and inequality that characterize American society today”; promotes “ideas for reducing gaps in wealth, income and political influence”; and favors tax hikes for the wealthy.
Doctors without borders (see Médecins sans frontières further down in the list)
Drum Major Institute This group describes itself as “a non-partisan, non-profit think tank generating the ideas that fuel the progressive movement,” with the ultimate aim of persuading “policymakers and opinion-leaders” to take steps that advance its vision of “social and economic justice.”
Earthjustice This group seeks to place severe restrictions on how U.S. land and waterways may be used. It opposes most mining and logging initiatives, commercial fishing businesses, and the use of motorized vehicles in undeveloped areas.
Economic Policy Institute This organization believes that “government must play an active role in protecting the economically vulnerable, ensuring equal opportunity, and improving the well-being of all Americans.”
Electronic Privacy Information Center This organization has been a harsh critic of the USA PATRIOT Act and has joined the American Civil Liberties Union in litigating two cases calling for the FBI « to publicly release or account for thousands of pages of information about the government’s use of PATRIOT Act powers. »
Ella Baker Center for Human Rights Co-founded by the revolutionary communist Van Jones, this anti-poverty organization claims that “decades of disinvestment in our cities” — compounded by “excessive, racist policing and over-incarceration” — have “led to despair and homelessness.”
EMILY’s List This political network raises money for Democratic female political candidates who support unrestricted access to taxpayer-funded abortion-on-demand.
Energy Action Coalition Founded in 2004, this group describes itself as “a coalition of 50 youth-led environmental and social justice groups working together to build the youth clean energy and climate movement.” For EAC, this means “dismantling oppression” according to its principles of environmental justice.
Equal Justice USA This group claims that America’s criminal-justice system is plagued by “significant race and class biases,” and thus seeks to promote major reforms.
Fair Immigration Reform Movement This is the open-borders arm of the Center for Community Change.
Faithful America This organization promotes the redistribution of wealth, an end to enhanced interrogation procedures vis a vis prisoners-of-war, the enactment of policies to combat global warming, and the creation of a government-run heath care system.
Families USA This Washington-based health-care advocacy group favors ever-increasing government control of the American healthcare system.
Feminist Majority Characterizing the United States as an inherently sexist