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Liberal Group Claims Transparency but Keeps Some Donors' Names Secret

The Center for American Progress won't account for at least $5 million in donations.

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Center for American Progress founder John Podesta moderates a panel discussion.(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The Center for American Progress, the liberal think tank whose founder, John Podesta, is a key adviser to President Obama and will likely take a top post in Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, made a big show Wednesday of releasing its 2014 donor list in response to complaints about a lack of transparency.

But the list is anything but complete.

 

At least three donors gave $1 million or more, but they are shown only as "Anonymous."

In total, the CAP list includes 28 anonymous donors accounting for at least $5 million in contributions.

The list, reported by Washington Post blogger Greg Sargent, includes several familiar corporate and foundation names, such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates, which each gave between $500,000 and $999,999.

 

Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Walmart each gave between $100,000 and $499,999. Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, PepsiCo, and Time Warner all donated between $50,000 and $99,999. 

A second list, for CAP's more political arm under section 501(c)(4) of the tax code, includes four other anonymous donors who gave a total of at least $150,000 to that group.

Like other major nonprofit power players, the Center for American Progress does not have to release the names of its donors. But it has been criticized in the past for not releasing its list, while at the same time hitting other organizations over a lack of transparency, including groups connected to the Koch brothers.

CAP President Neera Tanden touted the group's decision to release the donor names.

 

"We're proud of our donors," Tanden told The Post. "We're very diversified. 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."

CAP spokeswoman Daniella Gibbs Leger told National Journal that the group released the names of all corporate and corporate foundation donors, and only withheld the names of individual or private foundations who chose not to be disclosed.

"Almost 90 percent of our donors are listed and we follow what other think tanks do and what other nonprofits do, but we do protect the privacy of individual donors who ask to remain anonymous," she said.

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