North Fund: The Dark Money Group Disguising Liberal Campaigns Across the Country

What does a group protesting Elon Musk’s bid to buy Twitter, a group spending millions attacking Senator Ron Johnson, and a ground blasting Senator Kyrsten Sinema for not supporting Biden’s agenda have in common? They are all registered trade names for the North Fund. 

And according to the Washington Free Beacon, “none of these groups actually exist. Instead, North Fund is “a shape-shifting nonprofit group that uses aliases to push an array of left-wing causes from a shell office in Washington, D.C.”

“From trying to make D.C. a state to funding [Democratic operative] Marc Elias’s politicized lawsuits, North Fund’s presence is often felt but their very existence is virtually unknown,” Caitlin Sutherland, the executive director of the Americans for Public Trust watchdog group, told the Washington Free Beacon. “If untraceable money is flooding the latest policy or legislative fight under the guise of grassroots activism, chances are, North Fund is behind it.”

While the North Fund doesn’t disclose the names of its contributors, it is required to report the donation amounts. Americans for Public Trust was able to trace some of the funding using grant data from other nonprofits.

Sutherland found that the North Fund received $19.3 million from the Sixteen Thirty Fund and over $11 million from the New Venture Fund, two organizations that share an address in D.C. Similar to the North Fund, the groups operate under at least 50 trade names—including “Fix Our Senate,” “Floridians for a Fair Shake,” and the “Voter Engagement Fund.”

Read more about North Fund faux grassroots activism in the Washington Free Beacon.