About $5 million in contributions to the Center for American Progress in 2014 are attributed to anonymous donors even though the liberal group has berated conservative nonprofits for their lack of transparency, the National Journal
The center's president Neera Tanden told The Washington Post
that she was proud of how "diversified" her donor base is.
"We have a very low percentage of corporate donors. We have a wide panoply of individual and foundation supporters. Given that transparency is a progressive value, we wanted to get our list out there."
The center was founded by John Podesta, who held various positions in the Obama White House and is now slated to take a leading role in Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.
The group lists 28 anonymous donors, three of whom gave at least $1 million or more.
Nameless contributors account for about $5 million of the group's support.
For tax purposes, the center can receive money as a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan think tank and in its issue-advocacy-oriented capacity as a 501(c)(4) nonprofit.
Besides the three anonymous million-dollar donors, the Ford Foundation, The Hutchins Family Foundation, Sandler Foundation, and TomKat CharitableTrust also gave at least $1 million.
Two other nameless donors are listed in the "up to $999,999" category, which also includes the United Arab Emirates, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Hollywood-founded Not On Our Watch.
Lesser donors include Apple, Google, Microsoft, Wal-Mart, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, PepsiCo, and Japan, as well as groups in the healthcare and pharmaceutical business.
The more political (c)(4 ) list includes four anonymous donors who each contributed $150,000 or more. Among the listed contributors are Blue Shield of California.
The center, like other nonprofits, is not legally obliged to release the names of its donors.
The group's spokeswoman Daniella Gibbs Leger told the Journal that it withheld only the names of donors who asked that their identities not be disclosed. "Almost 90 percent of our donors are listed," she said.
The center also recently released a full list of its 2013 donors, The Huffington Post
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