Funding of the Left & Right by Foundations, Corporations, & Unions

Funding of the Left & Right by Foundations, Corporations, & Unions


This section of DiscoverTheNetworks examines the assets and the grant-making patterns of many foundations that are among the leading donors to leftist causes, and it documents the degree to which donations made by such foundations exceed those made by their conservative counterparts. Moreover, this section examines the diverse and interrelated agendas of leftist foundations and the organizations they bankroll. These include such agendas as:

  • promoting the view that America is institutionally an oppressive nation
  • portraying Israel as an apartheid state that grievously violates the human rights of its Arab neighbors and residents
  • promoting the election of leftist political candidates throughout the United States
  • opposing virtually all post-9/11 national security measures enacted by U.S. government, particularly the Patriot Act
  • depicting American military actions as unjust, unwarranted, and immoral
  • advocating America’s unilateral disarmament and a steep reduction in its military spending
  • promoting open borders, mass immigration, and a watering down of current immigration laws
  • promoting a dramatic expansion of social welfare programs funded by ever-escalating taxes
  • promoting social welfare benefits and amnesty for illegal aliens
  • defending suspected anti-American terrorists and their abetters
  • financing the recruitment and training of future activist leaders of the political Left
  • promoting socialized medicine in the United States
  • promoting the tenets of radical environmentalism, whose ultimate goal is the demolition of technological/industrial civilization
  • bringing American foreign policy under the control of the United Nations
  • promoting racial and ethnic preferences in academia and the business world alike
  • promoting socialism as an economic system preferable to capitalism

Finally, this section also explores the very large extent to which American corporations fund leftist groups and causes.

Additional Resources:

Left vs. Right Funding Summary
By Michael Bauer

Top Funders of the Left (Spreadsheet)
By Michael Bauer

Top Funders of the Right (Spreadsheet)
By Michael Bauer

Additional Charts Examining Left & Right Funding (Spreadsheets)
Compiled by Michael Bauer

Top Organization Contributors


Guide to the George Soros Network
By Discover The Networks

Organizations Funded by George Soros & His Open Society Foundations
By Discover The Networks

The Billions of Dollars that Made Things Worse
By Heather MacDonald
Autumn 1996

Do More Than Give: A Particularly Dangerous Book [a look at the agendas of leftist funders]
By Jeff Cain
August 31, 2011

How We Got Here: Foundations Fund Open Borders Agenda
By Phil Kent
June 21, 2007


Funding Liberalism with Blue-Chip Profits
By David Hogberg and Sarah Haney
August 2006

Patterns In Corporate Philanthropy: Corporate America Gets Failing Grade for Funding Liberal Activism
By Christopher Morris
August 2002

Patterns of Corporate Philanthropy: A Mandate for Reform
By Mona Charen and Christopher Yablonski

Corporate Giving: The Case for Enlightened Self-Interest
By Edward H. Crane

The Green Counter-Establishment: How It Holds Power
By Bonner R. Cohen
June 6, 2006

The Permanent Shakedown Left
By David Hogberg
November 10, 2005


Government Funding of the Left
By Michael Bauer
May 2011

Government Funding of the Left (spreadsheet)
By Michael Bauer
September 2011

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