Organization Trends

InfluenceWatch Friday

August 25, 2023

InfluenceWatch, a project of Capital Research Center, is a comprehensive and ever-evolving compilation of our research into the numerous advocacy groups, foundations, and donors working to influence the public policy process. The website offers transparency into these influencers’ funding, motives, and connections while providing insight often neglected by other watchdog groups.

The information compiled in InfluenceWatch gives news outlets and other interested parties research to use in reporting on significant topics that are often overlooked by the American public.

CRC is pleased to present some of the most significant additions to InfluenceWatch in the past week:

  • National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) is a Washington D.C-based nonprofit training organization. In April 2023 the NNEDV started a critical race theory-influenced Economic Justice and Domestic Violence Advisory Council which claimed that diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) statements should incorporate salary and racial assessments. In addition, the group claimed that white women often held higher positions of power with more pay due to, “their increased access to generational wealth made possible by institutional racism.”
  • United for Democracy is a 501(c)(4) advocacy organization based in Washington D.C. In June 2023, they announced their opposition to the United States Supreme Court’s ruling striking down affirmative action policies present in university admission proceedings. In addition, the group opposed the Court’s decisions in Biden v. Nebraska and Department of Education v. Brown suspending a student debt cancellation plan offered by the Biden Administration, with the group claiming that such actions would harm, “minority borrowers.”
  • Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) is an environmental education organization based in Boulder, CO. The ACE claims that it “views the climate crisis as a social justice crisis,” and annually holds racial justice training on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) policies while believing that its staff and board can learn how to, “dismantle traits of white dominant culture.” The group’s 2021-2024 Strategic Plan also calls for a focus on “justice, equity, diversity and inclusion.”
  • Chicago Foundation for Women is a grantmaking non-profit advocacy organization. In June 2022, following the repeal of Roe v. Wade by the United States Supreme Court, the Chicago Foundation for Women announced it would direct roughly $3.4 million in grants, including $200,000 being provided to groups advocating for abortion access. In addition, between the fiscal years 2020 to 2021, the foundation’s revenue more than doubled.
  • Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) is a United States-based international advocacy organization seeking to protect the human rights of the Uyghur people, an ethnically Turkic Muslim population, located within the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) inside the People’s Republic of China (PRC). In June 2023, UHRP signed a letter calling for U.S Secretary of State Antony Blinken to support an investigation into the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) treatment of those within the XUAR as well as calling for PRC authorities to release human rights prisoners.

Jonathan Harsh

Jonathan Harsh holds a master’s degree in political science from James Madison University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from  Beloit College. He is a content editor at the…
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