American Future Fund
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political viewpoint:
Conservative
2016 election spending:
$12,796,936
(Source: The Center for Responsive Politics)
type:
501(c)(4)
date created:
2007
location:
Des Moines, Iowa
description:
On its website, American Future Fund says it was “formed to provide Americans with a conservative and free market viewpoint.” Until 2012, the Fund received much of its support -- more than $60 million -- from organizations and individuals connected to Charles and David Koch, according to The Center for Responsive Politics. In 2013, California regulators said the organization acted as an intermediary for groups that were later fined for not properly reporting political contributions. After that, the Fund was "exiled from the Koch [network]." Since then, the group has been supported by a number of other high-profile 501(c)(4) conservative organizations including Crossroads GPS and the Judicial Crisis Network.
involvement in federal and state elections:
Although the group initially targeted a few 2016 Republican presidential primary candidates -- including John Kasich and Ted Cruz -- its focus switched to opposing Donald Trump. The group spent nearly $6.8 million opposing Donald Trump, and only $3 million total opposing Kasich and Cruz. In the 2014 elections, American Future Fund received media attention for running ads supporting third-party candidates in U.S. Senate and gubernatorial races in an attempt to draw voters away from Democratic candidates and boost Republicans. During the 2012 election cycle, the group supported Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and ran a series of ads criticizing incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama. The group also ran ads targeting Democrats in several U.S. House and Senate races.
known donors:
American Future Fund has received money from several politically active nonprofits that are not required to reveal their donors. Those nonprofits include: Crossroads GPS, which gave $2 million in 2014; the Judicial Crisis Network, which gave $2.1 million in 2013 and 2014; Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, a Koch-affiliated 501(c)(4) which gave $13.6 million in 2012; the Center to Protect Patient Rights, another Koch-affiliated 501(c)(4), which gave $63.2 million from 2010-2012; and American Justice Partnership, which gave nearly $2.5 million in 2010 and 2011.
candidates supported:
Marco Rubio (R-FL, Senate), Rick Bertrand (R-IA, House)
candidates opposed:
Hillary Clinton (D-President), Donald Trump (R-President), Ted Cruz (R-Presidenti), John Kasich (R-President), Steven A. King (R-IA, House), Patrick Murphy (D-FL, Senate)
political ads: