Democrat political consultant Scott Goldstein — who in 2007-08 was an online director for the pro-Barack Obama group Obama For America, and in 2009 founded the leftwing campaign-consulting firm Revolution Messaging — established Creative Majority (CM) as a nonprofit 501(c)(4) advocacy organization in 2012. InfluenceWatch reports that CM’s “corporation status was revoked in September 2015,” less than a year before the 2016 launch of its nonprofit version, Creative Majority PAC (CMP). CMP’s founding purpose was to “give power back to the multitudes of creative-minded Americans to do what they do best: create art and use it to voice their concerns.” Says CMP on its website: “We will crowd source campaign ideas, connect worthy projects to funding, and harness creativity to change the way people think.”
Although CMP professes a commitment to “expos[ing] deceptive politicians” without regard to their party affiliation, the organization has largely focused its efforts on opposing the political policies of Donald Trump and other Republicans. Toward that end, CMP originally allocated $20,000 in independent expenditures to combat Trump during the 2016 presidential election season.
In October 2017, CMP happily announced that its ally Daily Action, a leftwing phone-call-activism service founded by the aforementioned Laura Moser, and MoveOn, one of the largest leftwing advocacy organizations in the world, were forming an additional alliance of their own. “Resisting extremism is a group effort and together we will be unstoppable,” said CMP founder Scott Goldstein. “As we face an onslaught of daily threats, progressives need to join forces to win and we hope to inspire more collaboration among resistance groups. Daily Action has proven that the American people are motivated to participate in our democracy in a very pro-active way. By making phone call activism easier than ever, Daily Action played a leading role in almost every progressive victory since Trump was elected. Now it’s time for Daily Action to grow, and there is no better ally to maximize the power of our resistance army than MoveOn.”
Daily Action has also been a staunch ally of the aforementioned Revolution Messaging (RM), to which CMP has funneled significant sums of money in exchange for consulting services provided. Over the years, RM has helped administer digital operations for the political campaigns of such notable Democrats as Adam Schiff, Kamala Harris, Chris Murphy, and Bernie Sanders. As author Hayden Ludwig wrote in a November 2018 report for the Capital Research Center: “Revolution Messaging and Goodstein are perhaps best-known for their role in launching Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders from an obscure Northeastern socialist to a progressive star in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary.”
That same year, the Capital Research Center noted that CMP — thanks in part to its collaboration with groups like MoveOn and Revolution Messaging — had increased its donation revenues from $70,000 in 2016 to a whopping $837,000 in 2018. Of the $716,470 that CMP disbursed during the 2017-2018 election cycle, $467,057 was spent on fees for “consulting” and other services provided by Revolution Messaging.
After 2018, CMP’s revenues and expenditures alike plummeted dramatically:
The Bernie Revolution’s Consultant of Choice
By Hayden Ludwig
November 16, 2018